Church of England weddings fees set to rise by 40%

Church of England weddings fees set to rise by 40%

If you’re planning a Church of England wedding, get in quick as fees are set to rise from January 2013

The cost of a Church of England wedding, including raising the banns, is set to increase next year after Church Members voted in favour of the increase.

From January 2013, the cost of a wedding in a Church of England will increase from £296 to £415, an increase of £119. This will include the costs of administration and lighting for the first time; heating and extra services such as vergers, organists and bell-ringers are not taken into account.

Although some members of the General Synod were concerned that couples could be priced out of a Church of England wedding, supporters, including the Rt Rev John Packer, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, argue that the fees will reduce confusion over different fees previously charged by different parishes, and reflect the "reality" of costs.

The Rev Canon Simon Killwick, a vicar in inner city Moss Side, Manchester, said: "Such a fee increase seems to me hard to justify in times of financial austerity and even harder to justify in poor inner-city parishes. The Church of England ought not to be seen to be making a big increase… at a time when a simple ceremony can be had at a register office for around £100."

If your hearts are set on a Church of England wedding, we've come up with some romantic rewards for tying the knot this year before the price change comes into effect.

Get yourselves to the church on time and check out 5 romantic ideas for what to do with your £120 saving.

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