As the Church of England had it's price hike on weddings vetoed (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14089922), it is still a natural option for many to get married in a church regardless of their religious beleifs. The CoE is still a place for the people of England to get married in their local communities. Obviously the Catholic Church will still insist of detailed catechesis. An article in the Huffington Post decided to put together some of the good reasons to get married in a church and some of the not so good reasons... it's a slightly tongue in cheek article but most likely, there are some who, if they were really honest, would own up to a number on the second list!
On the one hand, if people want to get married in the eyes of God, who should be stopping them? On the other, should all churches be demanding that people deomnstrate their intentions are on the first list?!
10 Good Reasons to Get Married in a Church
- I want God to be at the center of this momentous event.
- I desire God's guidance in my married life.
- I love this church and I am an active participant in it.
- I was once an active participant in this church, and I miss it.
- I trust that this church community will support me and my new family.
- I have moved away, and I have a church home where I live now but this was once my church home and I treasure the ways in which it has shaped me.
- This was once my church home, and while I don't have a spiritual community now, I long to find one soon.
- This has never been my church home but it was my partner's and I treasure the ways in which it has shaped my future spouse.
- My partner and I have two different religious traditions, but we have agreed that this place can be sacred for both of us on our wedding day.
- This seems to be a holy place, and we want to find the Spirit here.
10 Bad Reasons to Get Married in a Church
- I have always wanted to walk down the aisle.
- I love the way this church looks in pictures.
- I love the way I look, in this church, in pictures.
- My parents/grandparents/relatives would kill me if I didn't.
- This was once my church home and if I don't, people will be disappointed.
- This was once my church home and I have not missed it; in fact, I resent it, so it's about time they did something nice for me.
- This was once my partner's church home and while I can't see that it made or makes any difference in my future spouse's life, the family wants us to get married here, so whatever.
- It is conveniently located nearby the site of the wedding reception.
- It has good parking.
- It's cheap.
Original article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lillian-daniel/10-best-and-worst-reasons-to-get-married-in-church_b_1661430.html?utm_hp_ref=tw