Marriages in St Michael's Church

Marriage Hands

We have prepared a small booklet that contains much of the information that you might need to read before you embark upon arrangements for getting married in St Michael's (or any other Church of England Church). You can download this booklet to read or print yourself if desired or you can pick one up from the Parish Office.

Getting Married at St Michael's Church Tilehurst - A Guide for Engaged Couples

However, you may wish to know some basic rules before you begin your journey towards marriage in a Church.

 
The Marriage Measure

We understand that there are many couples who would like to marry in a church that has special significance for them, through family or other close connections. Since 2008, the Church of England has made it easier for couples to do just that.

In addition to qualifying by reason that either you or your fiancee live in our parish OR one of you is on the Electoral Roll of our Church, since 2008, in order to marry in the parish church of a parish other than the one where you or your fiancee are living, without the need for a Special Licence, you or your fiancee will need to demonstrate just one of the following 'qualifying connections'.

That:
  • One of you was baptised in our parish, (If you were baptised and confirmed at the same time, the provisions on confirmation rather than baptism apply).
  • One of you was prepared for confirmation in our parish.
  • One of you has at any time lived in our parish for at least 6 months.
  • One of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in our parish for at least 6 months
Or:
  • One of your or your fiancees parents has lived in our parish for at least 6 months at any time after you were born (or, in the case of your fiancees parents, at any time after your Fiancee was born)
  • One of your or your fiancees parents has regularly attended public worship in our parish for at least 6 months at any time after you (or your fiancee) were born.
  • A parent or grandparent of you or your fiancee was married in our parish.

In all cases i.e. worship, baptism, confirmation or marriage-this applies only to Church of England services.

Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your chosen church. Talk to the Rector well in advance to discuss the options open to you.

Certain neighbouring parishes
If your address is outside St Michael's parish, but in one of these parishes
  • St Catherine of Siena, Tilehurst
  • St Birinus, Calcot
  • St Matthew, Southcote
then you are entitled to be married at St Michael's if you wish. But remember, your own vicar would be pleased to marry you in your own parish church.

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