Royal wedding prayer released


The Church of England has released a wedding prayer for the Royal Couple as research shows other generation Ys want to 'walk down the aisle'.

The Church of England’s Life Events team commissioned the research. It showed that 59% of single 18-to-35-year-olds would like to marry at some point. Just over one in 10 (12%) of respondents said they were engaged and planning their upcoming nuptials.   

Significantly, the survey also suggests that millennials attach a special importance to church weddings, with more young people preferring to marry in a church or chapel (47%) than a register office/town hall (34%).

Those who would consider a church wedding were asked why it appealed to them from a list of options. Almost a third said that it felt like a ‘proper’ wedding (31%). Marrying before God or receiving a blessing, was also in the top 10 (the seventh most chosen option). Millennials were also strongly drawn to ‘traditional/conventional’ wedding venues (72%). 
The research shows that for those considering marriage, almost one in six (17%) said that faith or religion had influenced their wedding ideas. 

The survey also shows that of those hoping to marry, just under half (43%) had thought about their wedding day by the time they reached 16. Women were more likely to have envisioned their wedding by that age (54%) than men (32%).   

The Rev Dr Sandra Millar, The Church of England’s Head of Life Events said: “It’s encouraging to see that young people are still thinking and planning for a wedding. "Research suggests marriage is seen as the ‘crown’ on a long-term relationship, and despite the fact that many may be delaying or choosing not to marry at all, the idea of a special, beautiful wedding day is still one of life’s big dreams. For many a church wedding is still part of fulfilling that dream, in churches throughout England.”

A prayer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

God of love,

send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan,

and all who are joined in marriage,

that, rejoicing in your will

and continuing under your protection,

they may both live and grow in your love

all their days,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



About the research

The Church of England’s Life Events team commissioned the research. 1,085 unmarried people between the ages of 18 and 35 were sampled on 14th and 15th November 2017. 7% of the original sample stated they ‘had no intention of ever being married’ and were excluded leaving 1,012. 

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