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Updated: 18 December, 2012
The Parish Church of
St Matthew Oxhey
Fr David Shepherd
If you are looking for ideas, The Church Of England has a wedding ceremony planner
at http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/planner/ where you can listen to popular hymns
and see lyrics and readings online. You do not need to, but if you wish, you can
print out a draft of your wedding ceremony to show the Vicar.
To arrange a wedding here at St Matthew’s, The first thing to do is to ring the Vicar
for an appointment. Arrangements are made at the Vicarage on Wednesdays, between
7:00pm and 8:00pm.
First Contact with the Vicar
During the first phone call, he will advise whether or not you meet the legal requirements
for marriage at St. Matthew's.
Before a change to the law in 2008, one of you must have been resident in the parish,
or have been on the Electoral Roll (a list of baptised church members) for six months,
as a habitual, non-resident worshipper.
However, a new Church of England Marriage Measure came into force in 2008 that provides
for a couple to have the right to marry, without the need for a Special Licence,
in the parish church of a parish with which one or both of them can show that he
or she has a “qualifying connection”. These connections are as follows:
one of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish
one of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more
one of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six
months or more
one of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child’s
one of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or
more in their child’s lifetime
their parents or grandparents were married in the parish
(All of these refer to Church of England services)
Marriage in Church after Divorce
In the past it was not possible to be married at St. Matthew's if you were divorced
with a previous partner still living. Following a recent change in The Church of
England's rules this may now be an option in certain circumstances.
For more details see the Church of England leaflet: