Kentish Town Road London NW1 9QA
Marriage

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh.
What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate - Matthew 19:5-6

What is Christian marriage?

In the Christian sacrament of marriage, a man and a woman are joined together by the grace of the Holy Spirit in a life-long union for the purpose of creating a family. In marriage, a couple is given the possibility of becoming one spirit and one flesh in a way that no human love, nor any secular institution, can provide for itself. Christian marriage is supposed to be an image, an icon, of the love between Christ the Bridegroom and His Bride, the Church. As such, both husband and wife are called to become martyrs in love for one another, sacrificing themselves in order to live entirely and unselfishly for their spouse. This selfless and God-centered union of man and woman becomes the stable and advantageous context in which God desires us to bring children into the world and thereby extend this bond of selfless love to them. 

Who can marry in an Orthodox Church?
In order for a person to be married in an Orthodox Church, they must themselves be an Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church.

The Archdiocese of Thyateira does allow for mixed marriages if the non-Orthodox partner is a Christian baptised “in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, and that they provide a written declaration affirming that any children resulting from the marriage will be baptised in the Orthodox Church and brought up in the Orthodox Christian faith.

Please note that in order to ensure compliance with British law, we insist that a couple either (a) arrange for a civil marriage ceremony to be conducted prior to the church wedding, OR (b) have the marriage legally / civilly registered as part of the church ceremony (see below).

Does my best man / maid of honour need to be an Orthodox Christian?
The best man / woman must be a member of the Orthodox Church in good standing, since according to tradition s/he will act as God-parent for the first child of the marriage. A non-Orthodox person can simply serve as a witness, although not as an active participant.

Are there days when weddings cannot take place?
Weddings cannot take place (i) from the 12th of December until Christmas; (ii) during Lent; (iii) from the 1st to the 15th of August; (iv) on the 5th and 6th of January; (v) on the feast of the Holy Cross on the 14th of September; on most Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, these being fays of strict fasting.

Booking a date
To arrange a date, please contact the church by telephone. Please provide your full name, address and contact number when reserving a date.

What do I need to do before the wedding day?
The bride and groom will first have to visit the parish in which they were baptised in order to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment to prove that they have not previously been married (a £50 administration fee applies). Those who have already been married will be asked to provide relevant divorce documents instead.

The couple, together with two witnesses, should then arrange to come to the church in order to fill out and sign an application for marriage, which is then forwarded to the Archdiocese for approval. Once approved, the Archdiocese will provide a marriage certificate to be filled out and signed on the day of the wedding. Please note that an administration fee of £60 applies.

Civil marriage
Our Cathedral is a registered building with registrars approved to conduct civil marriages within the context of the religious ceremony.

The bride and groom must each go to their local registry office, at least 28 days prior to the wedding, in order to apply for a Certificate for Marriage. This must then be forwarded to the registrar at the church. Without the Certificate for Marriage, the registrar cannot proceed with the civil wedding.

For more information, please consult the relevant government website.

Parking
Weddings normally take place on weekends, when parking on single yellow lines and residents’ spaces is permitted all day. On weekdays, Camden Council issue us with parking permits for up to 10 vehicles, valid for the duration of the marriage ceremony.