has changed

Suzanne Gray, Projects Officer, Archbishops' Council has been hugely popular ever since its launch, and is now averaging about 54,000 visits a month. In November 2015 it was re-launched with the the following changes…

  • A new, up-to-the-minute design, with an improved search facility.
  • New ways to browse the site and an expanded ceremony planner – this has been built on the success of the popular tool on the former site, which helped couples think about the choices of music, hymns and readings they need to make for their wedding service.
  • A new ‘Walk through the wedding service’ tool, which will show couples what happens in a Church of England wedding, step by step.

The information on offer aims to inspire couples to choose a church wedding, and to give them the basic information they need before their first meeting with their vicar.

Care has been taken to make sure current users of the site can still find the information they need. The URL remains the same, and each page on the current site will be redirected to the relevant page on the new site to help any users who have bookmarked pages for reference. and supporting printed materials were first piloted in 2008 in response to the findings of extensive research commissioned through the Weddings Project.

This was initially a two-year commitment by the Archbishops’ Council to attract more couples to have a church wedding and encourage them to stick with church after the big day.

The success of the website and feedback from couples and churches on the resources has led to further investment to support this important ministry. The new website reflects a need to adapt to rapidly-changing technology, with more opportunities to engage on social media.

For more information, ideas and frequently asked questions by clergy about weddings, see the Weddings section.

Printed resources can be purchased here.