The fixed fees are set nationally and cover the cost of the church and minister, the legal aspects of the marriage, and the reading of Banns. These are £495 for 2021.
There is an additional fee for the reading of Banns if either of the couple do not live in the parish in which they are getting married. This is £46 payable to each of the 'home' parish churches (a single £46 if the couple are living together).
The 'extra' fees are set by the church and are for things like having an organist, verger1, bells or a choir. You do not have to have any of these but if you choose them they will cost extra, and a verger in Harwell is strongly recommended. Flowers are by individual arrangement.
The current fees are as follows:
Bells: £180 Harwell (8 bells), £140 Harwell (6 bells); £140 Chilton (6 bells)
Choir: £60 Harwell, £50 Chilton
The fees are reviewed regularly.
Fees are payable before the wedding and can be paid by cheque to either St Matthew's Harwell PCC or All Saints' Chilton PCC (as relevant), or via internet banking. If possible for Harwell we prefer for the 'extra fees', e.g. for organist, bells and verger, to be paid as separate cheques/cash.
1 Vergers prepare the church including heating and lighting, arrange parking and put out cones and parking signs as appropriate, operate the sound system and CD player as needed, assist ushers and guests as they arrive, and clear up after the service. Where relevant, they also assist at the rehearsal.
2 Videotaping: please note that organising videotaping would be the responsibility of the couple; this fee is a professional fee payable to the organist to give permission for their performance to be recorded.
Page revised December 2019