The Parishes of Dunham Massey



Congratulations! We’re so thankful for your joyful news! As a church, we love to welcome couples seeking to get married.

I want to get married at your church, what do I do first?

The first thing you need to do is arrange to meet with Aled the vicar. He will need to check your legal eligibility to get married. You can do this in person on Wednesday evenings during term time from 5:30pm-7pm.

What does that mean?

You will need to bring means of proving your identity such as photographic ID and proof of address. We also need to establish a ‘qualifying connection’ to the parish.

What is a qualifying connection?

Legally to be married in a parish church you need to be connected to it in some way. If you come to our church already, and have done so for some time, then this qualifies. It also qualifies if your parents attend the church but you don’t, or that you live in the parish. In the absence of these, you can establish a qualifying connection by attending our church for six months.

Once I have established these things, what happens next?

We can then set a date! With Aled and Margaret (our administrator) we can help you find your ideal wedding date. This then means we can arrange with you the dates required for your marriage banns to be publicly read out. You will also get to book a rehearsal which will take place 48 hours before the big day!

Once your wedding is booked, you will then be invited to one of our marriage preparation days. This is an event run free of charge, where you and other couples getting married in the near future will have a morning with Aled looking at marriage, as well as looking through the vows, choosing Bible readings, and having a chance to chat to one another and share advice going forward. We will contact you about when the next marriage prep day will take place. It usually takes a morning, plus there will be a free lunch!

Click here for the qualifying connections form: Welcome-Form-2016-colour-final