The church wedding continues to be hugely popular, even if regular churchgoing in the UK is at an all-time low. Church weddings, for many, have a particular quality they’re simply not going to get elsewhere, and there may be an added resonance if the church has been picked for its family connections. However, when it comes to videoing your church wedding, you can come across certain issues.
What Will it Cost?
Churches are traditionally places of charity, but your church wedding comes at a price. This is fair enough: most churches are hardly awash with money these days; but you should be aware of the expenditure that choosing to have your wedding in a church will involve.
There are compulsory costs involved, which the Church of England sets at a national level. The Church’s basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, reading your wedding banns, a banns certificate, your marriage certificate and general administration, and also the lighting in the church. Currently this amounts to £486, as of 2016.
However, you’re likely end up paying extra costs if you want to video, or photograph the wedding. In addition, if you’re already paying extra for musicians (such as an organist or choir), they may ask for an increase in their fee to take into account professional performing rights, when filmed.
Obviously in terms of more ostentatious, grandiose weddings, stumping up for the basic church fee, and even extras, shouldn’t deter you. But read on for important advice about fully discussing your wedding with the vicar, or priest, in attendance first.
What Does the Vicar Say?
There may be a certain difference in perception regarding the church itself, between the wedding party and the vicar or priest. You may or may not be a devout person yourself, and you may have reasons in choosing to be married in church that are more aesthetic than spiritual. However, this is very unlikely to be the vicar’s viewpoint.
For the vicar or priest, the church is a holy place and marriage is a sacred ritual, however contemporary you’re expecting the general ambience of your church wedding to be.
So the vicar may place restrictions on where you can film, or take pictures, in the church, or indeed what you can film or photograph. There have been situations where the vicar has prohibited filming of the ceremony itself, or in worst-case scenarios, any filming in the church at all.
The important thing is planning, as in all aspects of your wedding. Talk to the vicar well in advance, and discuss what you’d like to happen regarding videoing and photographing your wedding in the church.
Remember, it may be your wedding, but it’s still God’s church and the vicar is His spokesperson, so any negotiations need to be sensitively handled.
We are In Love Wedding Films, and we film weddings in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and the North West. Church weddings can be magical events, but you don’t want the magic to evaporate in puff of smoke when it comes to videoing the happy event. As a professional videography company we know that planning is everything. So please talk to the vicar first. Then get in touch with us to book your wedding film.