Church of England launches online video promoting weddings

It explains how the church has a warm wedding welcome for all

Church of England has launched an online video promoting weddings to meet an increase in demand for information on church weddings.

Featuring vicars enthusiastic about weddings, couples who have rated their church weddings extremely highly, and the Bishop of Hertford, the professionally produced five-minute video explains how the church has a warm wedding welcome for all.

“Your Church Wedding” video can be viewed on the weddings website www.yourchurchwedding.org and on the national Church of England website www.churchofengland.org.

The video, and the website www.yourchurchwedding.org, form part of the Church of England’s project to promote church weddings that has included roadshows and workshops for clergy in many parts of the country.

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Hertford, explains in the video: “Now people move around the country a lot more, we’ve changed the law so you can get married not just in your local church, but also in a whole range of churches that are special for you.”

The Revd Rosie Harper, vicar of Great Missenden, Bucks, says: “Taking weddings is one of the most joyful parts of my job. And I don’t mind whether people come to church often or not, whether they’ve been baptised or not, because it’s everyone’s church and so people can come and be welcomed and have a church wedding.”

Rosie married Donna and Tod Bowsher, also feature. Donna says: “The church family were really helpful making sure everything ran really smoothly… It’s been said that there’s love in the walls because it’s so old and there’s been so many weddings there, and you do absolutely feel that when you go in the church. So not only is it aesthetically a beautiful place, but it feels beautiful too.” Two other couples share their memories of their church wedding.

The Revd Geoffrey Eze, curate at Great Ilford, Essex, asks and answers the question: “What makes a church wedding so special? The music, the hymns, the vicar, the venue, the powerful vows, and the love of two people coming together.”

Tamar Kasriel of Futureal, research adviser to the Archbishops’ Council’s Weddings Project, reveals: “The majority of the population in the UK… felt that a church wedding is somehow the proper place for a wedding.”

Navin Motwani, e-communications officer at the Archbishops’ Council, takes viewers through the useful website www.yourchurchwedding.org, introducing them to an online ceremony planner featuring hymns and Bible readings (now used to plan over a third of Church of England weddings), and helpful advice, such as the page “Seven Steps to a Heavenly Wedding”.

The five-minute “Your Church Wedding” video was produced with support from the Jerusalem Trust, and will remain online for the next 12 months.