There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church. If you marry outside your own parish, it is £497 in 2017*. 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 figure is based on a couple living at the same address, marrying in 2017, and breaks down as follows:-
- the fee set by law payable to the church: £424
- your marriage certificate: £4
- having your banns read at the home church: £28
- your banns certificate from your home church: £13 – not required if you’re marrying in your home church
- having your banns read at the church where you will marry: £28
The statutory wedding fee doesn’t include extras, 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: £40
- Additional heating in the church:up to £85 October to April; £42.50 May to September; No Fees June to August.
- Organist (can be arranged through the church, but paid directly): £130 or £150 if filmed to take into account professional performing rights.
- Choir or Bell-ringers: to be arranged independently.
- Church flowers – our churches have local flower arrangers who can help you with the flower displays in church. Please see contacts under each church in 'Wedding Information'.
- Extra copies of the marriage certificate.