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Getting married at St Peter's

We want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. Churches are special places and 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. She or he 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.

Contact the Vicar via the contact us page, with any questions you may have.


Good News! Thanks to a new law, you've now got more choice about which church to marry in.

If you want to find out more about being married at St Peter's Hale, contact the Vicar or the Parish Office 0161 928 3374 or email weddings@stpetershale.org.uk

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, your local church would still love to support you as you prepare for the wedding, and afterwards too.


Marriage after divorce 

We wish you a lifetime of love that grows within God's protection. But we recognise that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad and painful reasons.

So in certain circumstances the Church of England accepts that a divorced person may marry again and this has been the case since 2002.

There may be a way forward for you to remarry in a church, so please contact our Vicar about this, who will be able to talk frankly about your past and hopes for the future.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download our Looking@Marriage booklet

Click here to download our Wedding Enquiry Form

Click here to download our Application for reading of Wedding Banns form