From 2008 less restrictive new regulations came into force regarding who can legally qualify to get married in Church of England churches. Couples need to establish a "qualifying connection" by virtue of one or more of the following:
Also from 2015 new regulations came into force requiring all clergy, by law, to ask couples for evidence of nationality before marriage. We will need to see photo identification (eg passport, drivers licence) which we will photocopy.
In addition, if either party has had a previous marriage dissolved then this must be discussed with the clergy in accordance with the Church of England guidelines.
The "Legal Preliminaries" seem quite strict, but are designed to avoid legal difficulties in the future. The clergy will be willing to talk through these options in more detail with couples so that date setting and planning the wedding can proceed without problems