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Wedding Tourism Coming to English Churches?

The Anglican Church wants to make it easier for couples to get married in their church of choice.

Under the proposed rules, couples can marry anywhere they have lived for six months or where their parents or grandparents married. Currently, only regular church attendees or those who live within the parish can be married in the parish church.

Since the Anglican Church is England's official state church, the changes must be approved by Parliament and given Royal Assent. Church leaders favor the new rules, which they say reflect a modern and mobile society. Others fear "wedding tourism" — they think people committed to religious communities (with pretty churches) will have to compete with the nonfaithful out-of-towners.

Do you think the relaxed rules will bring more weddings, and thus more worshipers? Can couples celebrate the tradition of getting married in a church without faith? Should church weddings be reserved only for church goers?

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stephley stephley 9 years
"If you are not religious, you don't deserve, and shouldn't seek the blessing from the church" I don't think Jesus had that attitude.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
yeah I have to agree, I don't see why anyone would want to get married "in the church" unless they are religious to begin with. You can join a church any time (most have certain rules, classes etc that must be fulfilled first) after which time you can always have your marriage blessed by said church.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Hannah, you're missing the point of a church. The church is the place where religious people go to celebrate and affirm their love for each other through the blessing of marriage. If you are not religious, you don't deserve, and shouldn't seek the blessing from the church. It has been my experience (my wife is a pastor and has been for 10 years) that people who get married tend to "wander" until they have children. Then it's "Let's get my kids baptized." At the baptism, the church asks the parents to do several things (like place the bible in the hands of the child, teach the child the improtant prayers of the church, bring the child to service, etc.." Most parents have a hard time doing that until the kids are old enough to go to Sunday school. Then, it's drop the kids off, and then go get a coffee at McDonalds.... If you want to get married, and aren't religious, go to the justice of the peace.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
What they need to do is have a full year of marriage preparation classes and THEN be given a wedding at the church of their choice, if they're still together.
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I dont think that getting married in a certain church should apply to only those who attend the church. Everyone deserves the right to get married, and just because they are not religious does not mean that they should not be able to get married in a certain church. It also might improve attendance rates; if a couple gets married in a church and finds out that they really like the atmosphere, I would think that they would definately begin to attend it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I curious how there would be wedding tourism if you have to live in the area for 6 monthes?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I want to get married in England, and then "accidentally" "lose" the plane tickets home!
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