Getting Married

Firstly... Congratulations!

We’re delighted that you are thinking about getting married at St Luke's - we look forward to sharing the celebration with you, and to supporting you in the future.

Here at St Luke's and across the Benefice of Newton Abbot, we take the preparation of those seeking a church wedding very seriously. Christians believe that your love for each other reflects something of God’s love for each of us, and that love is God’s greatest gift to us. We wish to celebrate with great joy the fact that you have found each other and wish to make this lifelong commitment. 

If you are not already a member of the church here, we hope and expect you will strongly consider becoming one. We look forward to working with you as you plan both your wedding day and the rest of your married life together – and will hope to support you not only in the short-term, but also in the medium and long-term.

Marriage and the Law
In order to be married in any Parish Church in England you have, by law, to meet certain requirements – which have to do with your status as a baptised person, your resident status in the UK, your place of geographical residence and/or the place where you habitually worship. There are also considerations which are relevant to those who have been married before. 

Before you do anything else please contact Fr Nick who will be delighted to speak with you.  He will explain the law as it applies to your marriage and will discuss the possibilities of either a Wedding Service in church (if you are able to fulfil the requirements for this) or (in other circumstances) a Blessing after a Civil Marriage. Whichever is possible, we aim to support and encourage you as a couple as you begin your married life together.

Marriage Preparation
A wedding day is a few short hours – but a marriage is a lifetime together.  Alongside the lavish preparations you will be making for your ‘big day’, you will be expected to attend our Wedding Preparation Day where the significance of Christian marriage is stressed and practical advice is given. This will also be an opportunity to meet the clergy and members of the team who will ensure we have recorded your details correctly and arrange for your Banns of Marriage to be called in church. We will also expect that you will attend some meetings with the member of the Clergy who is to conduct your wedding. As part of these meetings, you will receive further instruction and guidance and make decisions about the resources open to you, such as your choice of music, readings, prayers and flowers for your Wedding Service.

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