Wedding Costs

You’ve probably read all sorts of inflated figures as to the average cost of a wedding today. The cost of the wedding service itself, in church, does not have to break the bank.

For a wedding at Astbury some of the charges are set by the Church of England at the beginning of each year and include the fees for the taking of the service, the reading of the banns,the marriage certificate and the verger’s fee.

For weddings in 2017 this all-inclusive fee is £581.

There are other facilities St Mary’s can offer to ensure your wedding day is designed around you and enables you to create the perfect setting. We have a professional organist, a robed choir and a set of eight bells  (along with eight strong armed bell ringers).

The current fees for these extra facilities are:

Organ  £125. Please note this fee is still payable to the church even if you engage your own organist.

Choir £200 (by arrangement on weekdays)

Bells £250.

Heating. £250. This charge is compulsory for all weddings between 1st October and 30th April and heating can be supplied for any weddings between 1st May and 30th September on the giving of two days’ notice.

The only other fee payable is if you are having a video taken in the service. You will need a separate licence (see below) and there is a fee (£125) for Permission to Video. A licence and additional fee are necessary because the music played in the service is copyright whether performed live or recorded. There is no charge if you use a photographer and only still photographs are taken.

So, the wedding service itself is £581 and you’ll need to add any of the above fees if you choose to have any of the extras.

Admittedly,  this is a picture from preparations for an Amateur Dramatic Society  performance but I’m sure it goes to show that everyone loves a good  rehearsal.

Please also factor into your plans a 45-minute wedding rehearsal. This would normally take place on the evening before the wedding to make it easy for anyone travelling from a distance, although this is flexible and can be discussed closer to the wedding date. It is not compulsory but it is a very useful time to walk through the service. The primary purpose is to set your minds at rest and to reassure you that you have absolutely nothing to worry about on the day. You should bring along to the rehearsal the fee for the ceremony in cash (£5, £10 and £20 notes) together with the licence (if any video is to be shot).

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