Getting married is one of the most important and exciting steps in your life.  If you choose to be married in church, then you are seeking God’s blessing on your relationship and we will do everything we can to help you prepare for your special day and for enjoying the rest of your lives together.  The law does not allow us to marry same-sex couples, however there are options for prayer and we would encourage you to speak with us.

To make an enquiry please come to the Church and speak to one of our clergy after the 10.30am Sunday service, when they will be delighted to help you.

Legally we can usually marry you if either of you lives in the Parish of Kirkham, St Michael.  If you don’t live here, but at least one of you has very strong links then you might be able to be married here via a ‘Qualified Connection’.  We would be happy to discuss the options available to you. 


Couples being married at St Michael’s are offered Marriage Preparation where we provide you with resources and information to discuss privately between yourselves, and take an in-depth look at the promises you will be making to each other and before your families and God. Preparation usually starts 6-9 months before the wedding date.

There are various ‘Statutory Fees’ that we have to charge for a church wedding, and more information about these, the legal formalities and the marriage preparation can be obtained by contacting the Parish Office.

Newly married couple

Marriage after Divorce

Your Church wishes you a lifetime of love that grows and flourishes, but we recognise that some marriages do fail for all sorts of sad, difficult 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 at Kirkham Parish Church, but you would need to talk this through with the Vicar.  The Vicar will want to talk gently but candidly about your past and hopes for the future, and will then be able to advise you.

Even if it is not possible to perform your wedding, there may be offered a service of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Wedding.

All decisions in respect of marriage after divorce are in accordance with the House of Bishops' Advice to Clergy November 2002.

Further information about getting married in the Church of England can be found here.

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