Here at St Mary Magdalene, Altofts we are happy to bless civil marriages and there is no reason this cannot happen immediately following your civil service or if you prefer even a few days later. However, this will need to be planned, therefore, it is important that that you contact the Vicar as soon as possible as part of your wedding preparations.
A Marriage Blessing is an option for those who those for whatever reason have been not been able to or have chosen not to be married in church. A blessing is sometimes chosen when one partner is a Christian and the other is of another faith or none, or it may be undertaken years after the ceremony if a couple who, having married under Civil Law, have since come to faith and wish to ask God's blessing upon their marriage.
The promises are slightly different to the marriage service as the couple are already married.
However simple or extravagant you wish the Blessing of your Marriage to be, please contact the Vicar who will then arrange to meet with you to discuss your plans.
Although same-sex marriage legislation has changed, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church of England.
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