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Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals at Ripon Cathedral

To book a wedding, baptism or funeral, please contact Judith Bustard, our Parish Secretary.

Email: [email protected] Phone: 01765 603462

Your wedding in Ripon Cathedral

Congratulations on your engagement. We are delighted that you are thinking about getting married in Ripon Cathedral.

Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church or Cathedral. You’re welcome to marry in the Cathedral, whatever your beliefs and whether or not you are baptised.

However, when considering who can legally be married in the Cathedral we are bound by English Law, which states that to be married in a Cathedral at least one member of the couple must either live in the Cathedral Parish (a defined geographical area) or be on the Cathedral’s Electoral Roll. Note that we cannot read Banns (a legal preliminary to marriage) until one of the couple is on the electoral roll, so it is wise to allow 9 months before the marriage to fulfill this legal requirement.

The Cathedral Parish is roughly the area of Ripon bounded by the rivers Ure and Skell. The easiest way to find out which Church of England parish you live in (the whole country is divided into these parishes) is to use the webpage A Church Near You.

If you no longer live in the Cathedral’s Parish but have a strong connection with the Cathedral, (for example family connections, you worshipped here in the past, were baptised or confirmed here) you may be able to obtain an Archbishop’s Special Marriage Licence to enable you to marry here. This costs £295 and is obtained from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Faculty Office in London.

For further information about getting married in the Cathedral and/or how to qualify to be added to the Cathedral’s Electoral Roll or obtain an Archbishop’s Special Marriage Licence, please contact the Cathedral Office on 01765 603462 or Email [email protected]

Getting Married in another Church of England Church.

You are welcome to marry in a Church of England church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.

There are lots of things you perhaps didn’t know about a Church of England wedding.

The rules on which church you can be married at have changed in recent years, giving you more choice than ever before. However please note that these rules DO NOT apply to Cathedrals, but we have included them here so that you are aware of all your options. You can be married at a Church of England church so long as one of you:

has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
was baptised in the parish concerned or
was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
…or if one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
…or if one of your parents or grandparents:
was married in the parish

And did you know that if you move house, you’re immediately connected to the church there? That means you can marry in the church of your new parish. You can find out which parish a particular church is in using the webpage A Church Near You. 

In all the above cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services. Please note that Cathedrals, including Ripon Cathedral, have not been offered the same legal flexibility as other Church of England churches – see the top of this page for an explanation of the legal requirements here.

Baptisms at Ripon Cathedral

Christ claims you for his own. Receive the sign of his cross.

– from the Baptism service


In Baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.

Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in a Christian tradition that we trace back to Jesus himself being baptized in the river Jordan. Baptism marks the start of the journey of faith. Through Baptism we become members of the worldwide Christian family of the Church.

For further information about becoming a Godparent, click here.


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship. We hold regular confirmation classes at the Cathedral.

To discuss baptism or confirmation at Ripon Cathedral, please call the Cathedral Office Tel. 01765 603462

Funerals at Ripon Cathedral

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

– Romans 8:38+9


A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world.

The Church of England website has a useful page offering information to help in planning a funeral.

For further information about holding a funeral at Ripon Cathedral please call the Cathedral Office Tel. 01765 603462