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COST OF MARRIAGE IN CHURCH

Please speak to our priests about your church wedding, and what you would like for the special day, by using our Contacts page.         

Compulsory costs

There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church. In 2019* it costs £540 if you marry away from where you live and £496 if you marry in your home parish. This is set by the Church of England nationally and is the same for every church.

This basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, the church, calling your banns, a banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration.

This required fee has ancient origins and ensures your church can maintain essential services like weddings, christenings, funerals and all kinds of other ministries for you and your community.

Optional extras:

The statutory wedding fee doesn’t include extras you may choose or decline, such as:-

The support of a verger, who ensures the church is warm, clean and tidy for your wedding and can help with handing out Orders of Service and hymn books etc. They can assist with disability access if needed by your guests and guide people to find their seats, toilets or crèche if there is one. 
Additional heating in the church. The vicar will let you know if this applies to your wedding.
Having an organist, choir or bell-ringers – these extra staff will all need to be booked in advance. Sometimes, the church may ask for a deposit to secure these bookings.
Bear in mind that if your wedding is filmed, musicians like the organist can request an increase in their fee to take into account professional performing rights (read more). Check with the church what the local arrangements are.
Church flowers – We have a local flower arranger who can help you with the flower displays in church.
Extra copies of the marriage certificate.
You do not have to have any of these extras, but many couples are keen to have at least some. If you choose them, they will cost extra.