Marriage enhances life together, provides deep joy, and offers life-sustaining strength in the relationship between a husband and wife.

In marriage, people give and find respect, comfort, help, delight, and tenderness. They may have children. Marriage involves commitment and care in both good times and bad. It is a gift of God.

How do we go about arranging a marriage?

The first step in moving toward marriage is to contact the church office for an interview with our rector. It is best to arrange this meeting at least 3 months in advance of the desired date of the marriage service.

Legal Requirements

1. Both should be 19 years of age or have the consent of parents (consent form must be signed at time of licensing).

2. There should be no any legal impediment to the marriage, such as either partner being already married, or being too closely related to one another.

Although the church views marriage as a lifelong commitment. It recognizes that sometimes marriages cease and relationship break down. The church offers support to persons seeking remarriage after divorce. You can marry if you are legally divorced.

Other Church Requirements

1. At least one of the couple must be baptized in a Christian church. If you have not been baptised, please consider joining the Anglican Church. We invite you to speak to our rector.
2. Both parties must undertake marriage preparation as determined between yourselves and the priest who will officiate the wedding.

The marriage preparation is usually an attendance to an approve course or in some cases the priest who will perform the marriage will prepare the couple. It is important to examine issues such as children communication, money handling and others.

As you know, any successful long-term relationship takes work. You will also have the opportunity to talk about things that might challenge your marriage as well as identify and celebrate what will make your relationship strong.

Do you have to be a member of the Anglican Church?

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a very popular venue for weddings. Other christians may rent the church facilities and provide their own officiant, in consultation with our rector. Although it is not required, it would be great if you would consider becoming part of our church community.

Are there any date restrictions?

Yes, we do not celebrate weddings during Holy Week, week before/after Easter, Christmas Day. Please call the parish office for more details.

Do you allow alteration of vows?

No, we do not allow alteration of vows. The vows are part of the Anglican Church of Canada’s marriage liturgy in the common prayer book, the Book of Alternative Services. Couples may choose readings, select from a broad range of music, and include family and friends at different points in the liturgy.

Do you allow Same Sex Blessings?

Yes. St. Paul’s Anglican is one of the parishes of the Diocese of New Westminster to offer the rite of blessing to same sex relationships. At this time, Anglican Clergy are not permitted to act as the minister of marriage (you will need a Marriage Commissioner) but blessings of civil unions are encouraged. For more information about same Sex Blessings, please click here.