Wedding Fees

Fees (for 2019)

These are the costs of all the possible elements for weddings and blessings at present.  Every year there is a slight increase in fees and if you are booking a wedding for a year or so in the future, please note that the new fees are published annually.  Please feel free to discuss your particular requirements with the clergy. Please note that there may be some additional church and musical costs if your service is recorded.

  • Statutory Fee for Banns: Church Council £30
  • Statutory Fee for Service: Chester Diocesan Board of Finance £207
  • Statutory Fee for Service: Church Council £248
  • Certificate of Marriage £11  (increased by General Register Office in February 2019)
  • Other Church Expenses: Verger £30
  • Total £526
  • Other additional charges:
  • Heating: October to May £70
  • Organist £90
  • Choir (if available) £80
  • Flowers £80
  • Opening church for external florist £20
  • Bells (if available) £150

Payment of fees and money
There is no deposit asked for booking, but if you feel it would help your own budgeting we are happy to receive partial or full payment when ever you wish.  Payment must be made in full three weeks before the service takes place and we are now using BACS transfer as a safe method of payment.  Our details are

Sort Code 20-24-09
Account 60773719
St. Mary's PCC Sandbach
Reference (if asked for) is WED[your date and 3 letter abbreviation of the month]  eg WED06SEP or WED23NOV

As a charity, certain parts of the final payment are eligible for tax relief through the giftaid scheme. We will give you a form to sign, if you are agreeable and a tax payer.
There will be an opportunity for your family and friends to make a contribution to the upkeep of the church, which costs in excess of £2,600 a week. We would ask for generous giving to ensure the future for the ancient parish church of Sandbach.