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It is a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy.

Weddings are now allowed to safely go ahead at York Minster in line with the Government and the Church of England’s guidance. There can be a maximum of 30 people present at a wedding and physical distancing should be strictly adhered to. If you are planning a wedding at York Minster we can share our risk assessment with you. More information about weddings during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

For Christians, marriage is an invitation to share life together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.

York Minster Marriage Policy

Because York Minster is not a parish church, everyone who marries here has to obtain a Special Marriage Licence. Download our Marriage Policy for full details.

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If, after reading our policy or speaking with us, it is not possible for you to be married at the Minster you may like to visit The Church of England’s wedding website, where you can find out which parish you live in, the name of your parish church and contact details for your parish priest. It also includes details of other churches you may be eligible to marry in.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13.4-7

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