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Choosing a chaplain, celebrant or registrar.

Registrars have the power to marry you in the eyes of the law whereas celebrants will help you to create a personalised bespoke ceremony. If you choose to have a Celebrant then you still need to be married by a registrar. A priest or chaplain is usually someone in your personal church who would guide your ceremony in a church wedding.

The choice you make will depend on what you need for the day, your religious affiliations and possibly budget for the wedding as each costs a different amount. Generally speaking a on average a celebrant in the UK charges between £150 to £250, attendance of a registrar to register a marriage in a registered building (a non-conformist church) is £97. Attendance of a registrar for marriages or civil partnership ceremonies at approved premises: Monday to Thursday - £440. Friday and Saturday - £470 (2020 prices). For a church and priest it costs around £500 to get married. This cost covers the expense of reading of the banns, the certificate, the vicar and the use of the church itself.


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