Are we allowed to take your wedding?

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There are a set of rules by which we are legally allowed to take your wedding, these are detailed in the Marriage Measure guidance.pdf, however, briefly they are:

A person has a Qualifying Connection with a parish if:

He or she:

• was baptised in the parish. (This does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); or
• had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish; or
• has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
• has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;
OR
a Parent of that person has at any time during that person’s lifetime:
• had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months; or
• habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months; •
OR
a Parent or Grandparent of that person was married in the parish.

If you are divorced this is no legal bar to being married in church. However, vicars/rectors have the right to refuse to conduct such weddings or allow them to be conducted in their church. The present rector of CHO has, in the past, conducted weddings of divorced people but please contact him first to discuss your particular situation.