Getting Married at Christ Church

We welcome people who want to marry at Christ Church, whether or not you are regular churchgoers. The law governing which church you can marry in has recently changed, giving a lot more flexibility about where you can choose to marry, but to marry here, we do need to check that you are legally entitled to do so under British law.

 

A very helpful Church of England website that goes through everything to do with getting married in church is Your Church Wedding 

 

Qualifying to marry at Christ Church

 

We have a legal responsibility to check that you are who you say you are and that you are legally entitled to marry at Christ Church. We follow Church of England, British Ministry of Justice and UK Border Agency Guidelines carefully, and verify all information given to us by asking for documentary evidence.

 

You can lawfully marry at Christ Church, if:

 

1.    One of you currently lives in Christ Church parish. If you are not sure about this, then go to the Church of England Parish Finder put in your postcode and it will tell you if Christ Church is your parish church. We will ask for a current utility bill in your name showing that address.

 

2.    One of you has lived in Christ Church parish for at least six months at any time during your lifetime. We will ask for an old utility bill, or the library should be able to let you have a photocopy of an old local government register of electors, which they will stamp to say it has come from them. If you lived here during your childhood it may be easier to get qualifying evidence under point 6.

 

3.    One of you has attended Christ Church regularly for at least six months at any time in your lifetime. We will ask for a letter from a former Vicar or elected church officer from that time.

 

4.    One of you has been baptised at Christ Church. If you can show us a certificate or give us the date, we can then check our registers. If we have to do a register search without the date, there will be a charge for this, which the Vicar will let you know before doing it.

 

5.    One of you has been prepared for confirmation at Christ Church. Again, if you give us the year, we can check our registers. If we have to do a register search without the date, there will be a charge for this, which the Vicar will let you know before doing it.

 

6.    A parent of one of you has lived in Christ Church parish for at least six months during your lifetime. We will ask for a utility bill or extract from a local government register of electors from that time stamped by the library which provides it.

 

7.    A parent of one of you has regularly attended Christ Church for at least six months during your lifetime. We will ask for a letter from a former Vicar or elected church officer from that time.

 

8.    A parent of one of you married at Christ Church. If you give us the date, we can check our marriage registers. If you don't have the date we can still check but there will be a charge for this, which the Vicar will let you know before doing it. Please note that this means either that your parents married each other here, or one of them married somebody else.

 

9. A grandparent of one of you married at Christ Church. If you give us the date, we can check our marriage registers. If you don't have the date we can still check but there will be a charge for this, which the Vicar will let you know before doing it. Please note that this means either that your grandparents married each other here, or one of them married somebody else.

 

What to do next

 

If any of those connections applies to you, then please phone the Parish Office (0161 330 1601) to make an appointment at one of our office hours to book your wedding. When you call, the person you speak to will take you briefly through the connection, and ask a few other questions, and will then let you know what evidence you will need to bring with you.

When you come to your appointment, both partners will need to come in person, and you will need to bring with you both the originals and one photocopy of the evidence asked for. We will then keep the photocopies on file in case of future queries from law enforcement agencies.