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Where can I find out about changes to weddings for European (EEA) nationals?
Further information on changes to wedding preliminaries where one or both partners is a resident of the European Economic Area.
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Where can I find more information on the changes to marriage registration?
Further information on the May 4th 2021 changes to marriage registration.
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What are 'Parochial Fees' exactly?
Parochial fees are the required (legally payable) fees for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
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If someone is known by a different name from that on the birth certificate, which name should be used?
When banns are published, the “true name” of the persons who intend to marry must be used.
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Where do I buy all of the resources?
Professionally designed and printed resources, many of which can be customized with your church’s details, can be ordered on the Church print Hub:
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Do both of the witnesses have to be 18 or over?
There is no legal requirement for witnesses at a wedding to be 18 or over, however, when it comes to younger witnesses, you would have to be satisfied that they fully understood what they were witnessing and what their signature on the marriage register meant. It is therefore advisable for marrying
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Can we charge extra on top of the parochial fee if our church building is large?
No, it would be unlawful to do so. In rare circumstances, and in consultation with the archdeacon or other diocesan advisor in every case, the person paying may be invited to make a voluntary contribution to help cover additional costs incurred. This would be to help cover exceptional costs only, su
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What PCC items are covered by parochial fees?
Any costs and expenses in relation to routine administration connected to a service apply to the PCC part of the fee. This includes arranging dates and times, making entries in the marriage register, plus making the church building available and lighting it. It is unlawful to make any additional cha
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What are the current fees for baptisms, weddings and funerals?
The fees fluctuate each year according to interest rates and other factors. For the latest fees for each kind of Life Events service, visit the Church of England website:
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Can parochial fees ever be waived?
In cases of genuine financial hardship of the person paying, the incumbent/priest-in-charge has the right of waiver, but should consult with the PCC and churchwardens first. That said, fees cannot be waived generally - they can only be waived 'in a particular case'. So there needs to be good r
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