Weddings and Blessings
Preparing for a wedding is one of life’s great moments and it often leads to thinking about life’s big questions alongside all the practical arrangements and to the question of a church wedding, whether you are a regular churchgoer or not. Everyone is able to marry in the local parish church where they live. To find out which parish you live in click here.
You are very welcome to enquire about getting married at Leicester Cathedral. Generally speaking, our policy, along with the rest of the churches in the Church of England, is that you can get married at the Cathedral
- through belonging to the Cathedral worshipping community
- through applying for a special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury
You can join the community roll after regular attendance at the Cathedral for six months. When you introduce yourself to us you can find out how that works. In the first instance please obtain and return a Wedding Enquiry Form from Gillian Aird at email@example.com and then the Canon Chancellor, Rosy Fairhurst, will be happy to meet with you after one of our Sunday morning 10.30 Eucharist services. She or one of the other Cathedral Clergy would usually prepare you for your wedding and take the service. We have a table of fees for different parts of the service, some of which are optional. The cost of a church wedding is a fraction of what most people spend on their receptions.
Leicester Cathedral can accommodate small or large weddings appropriately. We have a beautiful choir, expert bell ringers and talented flower arrangers. Cathedral Gardens is ideal for photographs. We have an experienced, caring team to guide you through the preparations; we will help you understand the legalities and costs and to plan your special service. And we’ll pray for you as you take this exciting step in your journey together.
There is a great variety of great places suitable for a reception in the immediate vicinity, including St Martins House, just next to the Cathedral, which is run by Leicester Diocese. To enquire about their packages please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church of England offers lots of advice to help you prepare for your wedding – see www.yourchurchwedding.org
Wedding Blessing after a Civil Marriage Ceremony
It is possible to have a service of blessing in the Cathedral with a Church of England service led by our clergy after a civil ceremony. These are designed by the clergy with each couple and tailored to reflect their particular needs. Fees can be explained at the meeting between the couple and clergy.
Remarriage after Divorce
After a period of reflection the Church of England now enables the remarriage of divorcees in the majority of cases. The process involves a conversation with one of the clergy and the filling in of a form. We are very happy to marry you at the Cathedral.
Prayer and Pastoral Care for same-sex couples entering a Civil Partnership or Marriage
The Church of England is not legally able to host a Civil Partnership or same-sex Marriage ceremony and is not able to offer a formal service sanctioned by the national Church. A passionate debate is going on in the Church at the moment about this. The Church continues to articulate and listen to the experience of LGBT people both inside and beyond the church and to discern how that experience relates to the bible and the teachings of the church. The Cathedral seeks to include LGBT people, to stand up against homophobia and to address injustice and cruelty through just and compassionate action.
We know that making a Civil Partnership or having a Wedding is one of the most significant moments in life. God’s people have very often prayed at such momentous times. So we would be glad to meet with you and your partner and your families to explore these important matters. Appropriate services of thanksgiving and celebration can be designed to take place in the Cathedral or one of our chapels where we can share your joy, ask for God’s strength and guidance and where we can seek God’s wisdom and the help of the Holy Spirit. This can take place during one of our scheduled services or on a separate occasion. Fees can be explained at a meeting between the couple and clergy.