Church rejects higher wedding fees

Following recent proposals to raise the fees for church services including weddings and funerals, the General Synod which is the ruling body of the Church of England has rejected the plans and confirmed that the costs will not be going up for the foreseeable future.

A church wide vote of 318 members resulted in a majority of 30 votes against the �Parochial Fees Order 2011�

With wedding costs rapidly rising in other departments such as venue hire, wedding catering and so on; the actual church component of registering a wedding and having a service presided over by a church official is a small component of the overall wedding planning costs.

An example of church wedding fees are as follows:

The fee set by law payable to the church: �262

Your marriage certificate: �3.50

Having your banns read at the home church: �22

Having your banns read at the church where you will marry: �22

Your banns certificate: �12

Total legal fee: �321.50

The announcement is a welcome move to brides, grooms and wedding planners struggling to cope with the costs of lavish ceremonies.



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