Covid-19 response – Weddings

Many couples will be worried about weddings they have booked for the months ahead. We will be updating advice, information and resources to help you, so keep checking this page.

Following the Government announcement on June 23rd,  weddings became possible again from 4th July.

  1. Do get in touch with couples when you are ready – you might now like to use this free card to invite couples to start planning their service with you.
  2. Also keep in touch with your diocesan office and the national Church of England ‘Coronavirus guidance for churches‘ web page as more detail becomes available.
  3. On July 7th, this webinar was broadcast to help churches think about weddings and baptisms again. Presented by the Head of Life events and Welcome, Canon Sandra Millar.
  4. If a couple decides to cancel or postpone their wedding until the pandemic situation is much clearer, drop a card in the post to the couple to show that you understand their disappointment and that you care. There is a ready-made card on the Church Print Hub produced for this purpose. Order a FREE pack here.
  5. Fees for cancelled weddings must be refunded in full, including any deposit taken.
  6. Some couples have asked if weddings or banns can take place over video link. It is not possible under English law for a wedding to take place using video conferencing technology without the couple, priest and witnesses being physically present. Banns cannot lawfully take place in this way either.
  7. This initial FAQ on yourchurchwedding.org will continue to be updated, so feel free to refer couples to it.

Free resources

Invitation to plan card

Use this card when you’re ready to invite couples to plan their ceremony: Order a free pack from the Church Print Hub here.

A ‘Thinking of you’ card which shows you care and understand a couple’s disappointment if they have to postpone their wedding due to the Covid-19 crisis. Order a FREE pack on the Church Print Hub here.

Or:-

Download an e-mailable version of this card.

Or:-

Download and print an instant paper card from your home printer.