Getting married at Holy Ascension

Churches are special places and we want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. There are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else. 

A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. 

You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church.  You can only make vows this big in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows.  

The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. He or she can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.

Please email us at or telephone the office on 01244 383518, with any questions you may have.

You now have more choice about which church to marry in.

We know that you might like to marry in a church away from where you live because it has special significance for you through family or other special connections. An engaged couple can now do just that if either of you can show just one of the following seven connections with the parish.

That one of you:  

  • was baptised in the parish concerned or  
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or  
  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish  church for a period of at least 6 months or 

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:  

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or  
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or  

That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish.  

In all cases involving church services - i.e. going to normal church services, 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 special church.

Talk to the Vicar there well in advance to discuss the options open to you.

 If you're marrying in a special church that's not where you live, we, your local church would still love to support you as you prepare for the wedding, and afterwards too.

Marriage after divorce 

In certain circumstances the Church of England accepts that a divorced person may marry again and this has been the case since 2002. Therefore please talk to the Vicar. He or she will want to talk frankly about your past and hopes for the future.

Even if it is not possible to hold your wedding in church, we can offer a service of prayer and dedication after a civil wedding.

There are more resources about this at the website