Saint Margaret's Hornby
Saint Michael the Archangel Whittington
Saint John the Baptist Arkholme
Saint John the Evangelist Gressingham
in the Lune Valley in north Lancashire

Can we have a church wedding?

Just check these five questions
it's governed by law - we don't have any local discretion either way

1. Are you both at least eighteen years old?
Yes - go to the next question
No - contact the diocesan registrar for more information

2. Do you both have British passports confirming that you are British Citizens?
Yes - go to the next question
No - contact the diocesan registrar for more information

3. Are you both living in England?
Yes - go to the next question
If one or both of you is living in Wales, that's not a problem - go to the next question
If one or both of you is living in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will have to visit the diocesan registrar at some point to apply for a ‘Common Licence’ (instead of getting married ‘by banns’) - but for now, go to the next question
If either of you is living outside the UK, contact the diocesan registrar for more information

4. Has either of you been married (or in a civil partnership) before?
No - go to the next question
Yes - it may still be possible to marry in church, but a report has to be prepared by the parish priest and sent to the bishop, who will determine whether the wedding can go ahead in church - email the vicar (vicar@these4parishes.co.uk) for more information

5. Are your two families related in any way by blood or by marriage?
No - move to the next section
Yes - contact the diocesan registrar for more information

We very much regret that the Church of England is currently prevented by law from conducting weddings for same‑sex couples, and we look forward to a change in this law ‑ in the mean time we are pleased to be able to offer a service of prayers, readings and hymns specially tailored for the day of your wedding, with the legal formalities conducted elsewhere before or after ‑ email the vicar (vicar@these4parishes.co.uk) for more information

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