What is a Banns of Marriage?

Banns of marriage is a public legal notice made in a church to proclaim the intention of an impending marriage.

This is done so that other people are aware of the impending marriage and can make their objections known if need be.

In 1983, this requirement was removed by The Roman Catholic Church but it still exists for other churches.

Key Points

  • Banns have to be read three Sundays before the ceremony is due to take place.
  • Although you don’t need to worry about having your wedding banns read unless you are marrying in a Church of England, you do still need to give notice that you plan to wed.
  • In order for your marriage to be legal within many jurisdictions, you need to give a defined period of notice before your wedding.
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