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Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage. The church wants to help and support you at whatever stage you have reached with your planning and what more picturesque setting could there be for your wedding than the ancient parish church of St James, Altham?

As you walk down the flagstone path on your father’s arm, reflect on the number of brides who have trodden this path before you during the 900 years that weddings have been conducted in this serene and beautiful place, with anticipation in their hearts and love for their new husband about to be declared to the assembled guests.

We can seat about 110 people so can cater for most weddings, other than those whose guest list is considerably more than that. The Church of England has recently relaxed the rules regarding which church you can choose for your wedding so click here to take a closer look. The Church of England has a really useful website on getting married which you may find useful www.yourchurchwedding.org

You should start the planning for your church wedding in good time as there are several things to organise. Before your wedding the Vicar will invite you to a marriage preparation day to help prepare you for married life together. This provides time and space to think about the vows and the difference they will make and it’s a day which most couples appreciate.

Whatever kind of wedding you want to have – from top hat and tails, to a simple village church wedding – we are here to help and support you along the way. Contact the vicar or either of the churchwardens to start the ball rolling.

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The church makes a charge for weddings and the amount is fixed annually by the Diocese of Blackburn. For details of current charges click here to go to their website, then look up “Parochial Fees” in the Financial Information pages.