In God's Eyes and Those of the Law; VALANTINE'S AND WEDDING 2005
CIVIL or religious, all marriage ceremonies involve some legal aspects to comply with the law.
The minimum age for marriage in the United Kingdom is 16 and under 18s need written permission from a parent or guardian in England and Wales.
In England and Wales the ceremony must take place in a local authority approved registered building under procedures dictated by the Marriage Act 1994.
The only exceptions are marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of Jews and Quakers, or those by Registrar General's special licence for the housebound or detained persons.
The marriage must take place in the presence of two witnesses.
Whatever your religious persuasion, the first thing to do is visit the church minister, giving him at least six weeks notice of your intention to marry.
After he has agreed to perform the ceremony he will discuss with you what civil and religious laws will apply to you and the seriousness of the commitment that you are about to make.
The majority of weddings in this country take place according to the rites of the Church of England, in one of the following ways. Either of the couple must have been baptised in the parish, live within the parish or be on the electoral roll, if they are to marry in the church of that parish. …