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Ask Kate: Is it possible to have a religious ceremony second time around?

July 12, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


My fiancé and I have both been married and divorced. Is it possible for us to have a religious ceremony this time around?



That depends on your religion. If you are Church of England, it’s up to your parish priest to use his discretion. If the answer’s no, then that’s that. Non-conformist Christian denominations often allow remarriages, but check with the individual celebrant to make sure. Catholics cannot remarry in church unless their previous marriage ended in death or annulment. Remarriage after divorce is permitted under Islam and you can marry for a second time — but not a third — in a Greek Orthodox Church. It’s possible to have a Jewish wedding after divorce but the Rabbi must be consulted well beforehand in order to resolve any outstanding issues under Jewish law. Whatever your beliefs, if you do hope to have a religious marriage ceremony the second time around, it is absolutely essential to contact the appropriate authorities well in advance of the wedding to make sure it’s possible.

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