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Church wedding fees in 2013/14

After a period of review, church wedding fees will rise from January 2013.

All that is legally required for your church wedding should cost less than £460 for two years from January 2013, although you may choose to have extras.

The new basic legal fee is due to rise to £406 in 2013 and in line with inflation, to £417 in 2014. This would include the cost of the Vicar, the church, calling your banns, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration.

If you're marrying in 2013 or 2014, the new legal (statutory) fees will apply to you, even if you arranged your wedding in a year when a different fee applied.

If either of you live in a different parish from where your wedding will be, by law the local church will need to read your banns too, for which you will also require a banns certificate, bringing the statutory fee for you to £440 in 2013 or £451 in 2014.

The statutory fee doesn't include extras you may choose or decline. These are things like having a verger, heating the church, having an organist, bells, choir or flowers. You do not have to have any of these, but if you choose them they will cost extra. The costs for each will be at your church's local rate.

Talk to your vicar early on about what the total cost of your wedding is likely to be.

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