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A BEACON OF LIGHT
Wedding photograph courtesy of Andy Turner Photography
The Revd Canon Clare MacLaren, Canon for Music and Liturgy, writes…
Thinking of Getting Married at Newcastle Cathedral?
Many congratulations! Getting married in Church, in the time-honoured way, is one of the most special experiences you can have! Not only will you be making your vows to one another before your families and friends, but you will be asking God’s blessing on your relationship – and we believe that God will honour that blessing, by watching over you both, through thick and thin, in the years that lie ahead!
To be married at the Cathedral, you or your partner must either live in the Cathedral parish (a small area in the city centre, immediately around the Cathedral) or – as most couples do – at least one of you must commit to worshipping with us regularly over the course of six months, and then apply to go onto our Electoral Roll (like a membership list). We can talk you through this, and will do all we can to help.
The Cathedral is a spectacular venue for a wedding, right at the heart of the city centre, with excellent transport options. Why not consider having both your Wedding Ceremony and Reception in the same place?
You can find out more about getting married in the Church of England here.
Alternatively, what about a Service of Blessing?
If there are reasons why you would prefer a blessing of your relationship – after a civil marriage ceremony, perhaps, or if you have been married abroad, and would like to have celebration closer to home for those who couldn’t make it, do get in touch.
Sadly, we cannot legally conduct same-sex weddings at Newcastle Cathedral but we would, however, be delighted to hold a service of prayer for you and your partner and guests. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
Or a “Renewal of Vows”?
Do you have a special Wedding Anniversary coming up? Or maybe you’ve come through a really tough time in your relationship and would like to renew your promises “for better, for worse; in sickness and in health; till death us do part”… Whether you are thinking of an intimate occasion with just the two of you and a priest, or a joyful occasion for family and friends, why not contact us to discuss what you’d like to do?
There is a statutory fee for getting married in church, which covers the legal aspects and the minister’s fee, and the use of the building for the occasion. For blessings and other ceremonies, there will be a fee set by the Cathedral Chapter to cover costs and support the upkeep of our beautiful building. Additional charges are made for music, bells, video permission etc.
If you would like to enquire about a wedding or celebration service at the Cathedral, please find contact details here.