Ripon Cathedral Wedding Venue – North Yorkshire
As one of the most stunning ceremony venues in the country Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. This amazing building has inspired the likes of Lewis Carroll and Wilfrid Owen and continues to inspire and uplift visitors now. The ultimate Ripon Cathedral Wedding Venue in the heart of North Yorkshire.
The present church was founded by Saint Wilfrid and dedicated in 672, although it has been rebuilt several times since. The Cathedral also has many other interesting features, not least the medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls, which are believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.
This truly beautiful historical building is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony if you live in the Parish or your Wedding Reception, but don’t delay the diary gets booked up very fast.
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 (everyone who worships regularly at the Cathedral or lives in our geographic parish can apply to be added to this Roll).
The Cathedral Parish is roughly the area of Ripon bounded by the rivers Ure and Skell.
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.