Broughton, Marton and Thornton

Weddings and More!

Arriving at Broughton

If you want simplicity and a nearby bar, go to a hotel; if you want spectacular photos, fly to a beach in the Caribbean; if you want something silly, hire a hot-air balloon; but if you want the real thing, get married in church. We cannot offer ease, convenience, luxury, or even comfortable seating; it is sometimes cold, and parking is limited, but the vows you will exchange have a power and solemnity that no other venue can match. A church wedding is a challenge, but no modern substitute ever comes near.

If you are sincere in your love for each other, consider seriously getting married before God in an ancient parish church. You do not have be a church-goer, and you do not have to pretend to a faith you do not believe in; so please do not exclude yourself. The Church is welcoming. And with our two clergy people married to each other, ours is a parish that is particularly keen on marriage.

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What does the Church of England teach about marriage?

This may be a rather dense text, but it is a formal, legal summary of traditional teaching, and as such it is what has long been believed and practised in this parish:  once again, it is all about the real thing, not the show but the sacrament.  If the language is heavy, remember it was first written in the sixteenth century.


1.   The Church of England affirms, according to our Lord's teaching, that marriage is in its nature a union permanent and lifelong, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.

2.   The teaching of our Lord affirmed by the Church of England is expressed and maintained in the Form of Solemnization of Matrimony contained in the Book of Common Prayer.

3.   It shall be the duty of the minister, when application is made to him for matrimony to be solemnized in the church of which he is the minister, to explain to the two persons who desire to be married the Church's doctrine of marriage as herein set forth, and the need of God's grace in order that they may discharge aright their obligations as married persons.