CHURCH WEDDING INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A VARIETY OF CHURCH OF ENGLAND WEBSITES
The choices you make about your wedding day can make a difference to the cost. Part of the cost will be for the legal fees, and everyone pays this. There are also optional extras which you can choose according to your budget.
There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church. 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.
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. They can be indispensable in larger churches, freeing up the vicar to give their full attention to you and the wedding service.
- 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. Check with the church what the local arrangements are.
- Church flowers - some churches 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. The costs for each will be at your church's local rate.
Affording the costs
Talk to your vicar early on about what the total cost of your wedding is likely to be. It is good practice for the church to provide you with an itemised quote before your wedding so that you can see exactly what you will be paying for.
Once the final church bill has been agreed, some couples are still keen to offer a donation to the church. Donations may help to cover things like administration and the upkeep of the building. While these gifts are very kind, you needn't feel under any obligation.
If you're struggling to afford your wedding costs, or finding yourself in financial difficulties, it is worth mentioning this to your vicar as they might be able to suggest ways to help.
Here is a list below of some of the Churches within a 5 mile radius to our wedding venue
Snaith Priory dominates the town of Snaith, being the largest building in the town. It began life as a daughter church of Selby Abbey and has been an important building since. Parts of the Priory date back to the eleventh century but it contains examples of many architectural periods.
Worship at Snaith Priory is traditional with use of Common Worship. There are also one off services during the year, such as a Choral Evensong and The Civic Service.
Snaith Priory is a very popular place to get married, do contact Eleanor Robertshaw if you would like to get married at the Priory.
Holy Trinity, Cowick is a friendly and traditional Church. We have worked hard to develop a hospitable atmosphere and like to share worship and friendship with one another, both during the service and afterwards. We meet each Sunday at 9.15am and share in a Holy Communion Service (Common Worship). On the forth Sunday of each month we have a Great Snaith Team Service, please see notice boards or 'The Link' Magazine for details.
Holy Trinity is a very intimate place to get married and is popular with many couples. It is also a popular place for Baptisms, with many people having connections to both East and West Cowick. Please do contact the Vicar if you wish to get married at Holy Trinity.
Pollington cum Balne is a friendly Church with a spiritual heart. We embrace both traditional and contemporary worship and have a congregation who are committed to listening to God's guidance in our future. Built in 1854, Pollington Church has been an important part of the village since, being the only 'open' burial ground in the historic parish of Pollington Cum Balne. It also developed close links with RAF Snaith (actually in Pollington) during WWII and each year there is a 51 Squadron reunion at the church. The church house a lot of WWII photographs from the air base.
Pollington is a popular place for both weddings and Baptisms, with those coming to Baptism being welcomed in our midmorning service.
Revd Eleanor Robertshaw
01405 860866 (Rector) or 07718123138
The Rectory is located opposite the Gulf petrol station, set back between two old red brick garages
Registry Offices are available in Goole, Pontefract and Selby