The rules regulating the solemnisation of marriage must be strictly observed; otherwise the marriage may be invalid and the member of the clergy and the parties may be liable to severe penalties. It is only possible to mention here the more important rules of general application. In all cases of doubt or difficulty, the facts should be referred to the Diocesan Registrar, 1 The Sanctuary Westminster SW1P 3JT. The law relating to the solemnisation and registration of marriages is to be found in the Marriage Act 1949.
The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has recently re-issued Anglican Marriage in England and Wales: A Guide to the Law for Clergy and the third edition is now available. Further details are available from the Faculty Office (address as for the Diocesan Registrar).
The Capacity to Marriage
Both parties must have attained the age of 16 (see Marriage of Minors). The parties must not be so related to one another as to be within the prohibited degrees of relationship.
Time and Place of Marriage
A marriage in Church must be solemnized between 8am and 6pm, in the appropriate place, as indicated in the section on 'Preliminaries'.