Same-sex Partnerships

Same-sex Partnerships

Sadly, it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry in the Church in Wales. At East Cardiff Ministry Area, we wish this were not the case, and some of us are actively working to bring the changes necessary to enable this to happen.

However, we are pleased to be able to offer a Service of Blessing for same-sex couples who have either entered into a marriage or a civil partnership together.

In the service, you will have the opportunity to renew your commitment to one another before God and the Church, have your rings blessed if you would like, and receive God’s blessing on your relationship.

May the infinite and glorious Trinity strengthen the covenant between you, and so bind your lives together in love, that you may be a blessing to each other and a visible sign of God’s loving purposes for all his children.

From the Church in Wales service for the blessing of same-sex couples.

How much would a service of blessing cost?

Our 2023 fees for a service of blessing following a civil marriage or civil partnership are:

  • Church Fee – £260
  • Clergy Fee – £190
  • Organist – £175
  • Verger – £70
  • Total – £695

Additional options:

  • Bellringing – £180
  • Additional License for Professional Video Recording – £175
  • Flowers – We are able to offer flower arrangements at some of our Churches, for a range of budgets.

Please note:

  • A non-returnable deposit of £50 is payable when you confirm your date with us.
  • Each year, our fees increase incrementally in line with inflation. The fees payable for your service of blessing will be those set for the year in which the service takes place, not the year in which you made your application or paid your deposit.
  • Even if you choose not to make use of their services, due to our contractual obligations, the organist fee must still be paid for every service of blessing.

Next steps

If you would like to explore the possibility of arranging a blessing service, just get in touch using the details at the bottom of this page. We are always very happy to answer any questions or queries, and/or arrange a visit for you to see our churches for yourself before you make a decision about your special day.

When you are ready to make an application, you will need to complete our online form. Once you’ve submitted your application, we will be in touch to confirm your date, collect your deposit and begin planning your big day with you.