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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaL
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    Hey you all!
    Ok, I know nothing about CofE weddings! Yesterday, I watched to a complete video of a wedding, to understand a little bit about it. I also understood that, when you get married at the church, you don't need to go to the register office and get married there as well. My family is Catholic, and I know in their case, they needed both things (most Catholic church here do both in one ceremony).

    Can you girls confirm to me if the wedding on a CofE cover the legal requirements? :) I don't want to get married twice lol
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    I don't know much about church weddings I'm afraid as am not religious and hardly any of my family are, so never been 'brought up' that way so to speak! However, you don't need to get married in a registry office when you have a civil marriage - you just need to give notice at the local registry office before your actual wedding. You will still be legally married without needing to get married in a registry office as well. You would only need to do this if the venue you were marrying in wasn't licensed - i.e. somewhere outdoors.

    Marrying in a CofE would cover all legal requirements x

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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    No a Church of England wedding of course is completely legal

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    • AmyN135
      CommentAuthorAmyN135
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    I am having a CoE wedding and it covers everything the legal aspect. We have to request a marriage license from the council before the wedding but everything is all dealt with at the church by the minister and witnesses :-)
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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaL
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    :D This makes my life soooooo much easier lol I will have to ask for a permission to get married, since I'm not from UK. They say on the website that I will need something like a "special license" to get married :/ depressing lol

    Thanks, girls <3
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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Nov 13th 2014
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    Cofe covers everything. U dont need to give notice as reading your bans out 3 consecutive sundays within 3 months before the wedding is classed as your notice/intent to marry and u must attend at least 1 of them.

    I will get a letter confirming price in jan and will meet with the church in april for my wedding in july :-) so till then really i dont have alot of details other than what im paying for such as an organist and the marriage itsself x
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    • MrsC
      CommentAuthorMrsC
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Nov 14th 2014
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    Indeed marrying in church is completely legal, you wouldn't be able to get married twice.

    We had to be officially married in the registry office but we had a wedding blessing the same day, it did feel like getting married twice. Like the registry office was paperwork and the church was the lovely part :)

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Nov 15th 2014
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    Correct, CofE weddings deal with the legal bits, you get your banns read at the church which covers the giving notice bit and you sign the legal register on the wedding day after the ceremony.
    I am Catholic so we had a Catholic Church wedding. We had to give notice at our local registry office but on the wedding day itself there is a registrar present at the church ceremony and we signed the legal register in church so only had one wedding ceremony and only "got married"once.

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Nov 15th 2014
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    I had a Church in Wales wedding which is the same as CofE. You have banns read at the church where you are getting married, and if you live in a different parish you have them read in your own parish church as well. If banns are needed else where then the vicar marrying you will need to see a certificate from the vicar who read the banns to confirm that they have been done. The service has all the same elements as a civil ceremony, including all the legal requirements, but adds in prayers, bible readings, a sermon, blessings and hymns. The vicar acts as registrar and is legally recognised as the authorised officiant, as the CofE is the state church. If I remember rightly the banns cost £25 in each church, so if you and your fiancé live in different parishes you will need them read in both parish churches and it will be £50. In theory we should have paid £75, as we married in the church that he attends regularly, but neither of us were living in the parish, and we wrote living in different parishes, so we had them read in his parish church, my parish church and the church that we were marrying in. As it happened the vicar marrying us waived the cost as it was a member of her congregation, and the vicar in my husband's local parish church waived it as he was on placement as a trainee preacher there at the time. The only church that charged was my local parish church, which was fair enough as I have no connection with it, I go to a totally different church.

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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaL
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Nov 15th 2014
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    Thank you very much for all the explanations, girls. It's weird be so lost about how the wedding works lol
 
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