With several high-profile UK celebrities opting for a church wedding this year: Kate Middleton (no other choice really when your grandmother-in-law is head of the CoE), Lily Allen and most recently Kate Moss, we’re wondering if the trend of jetting abroad for your nuptials or choosing a field in the middle of nowhere to say “I do” is becoming passé and more traditional church weddings are making a return?
While the number of Brits getting married might be on an all-time low since recordings began, it appears that many couples are increasingly choosing to say their vows in a church. If this is a sign of the recent recession – have we become more religious as a result, or if people are doing it to please older family members who believe the House of God is the only place to enter such a union we don’t know. It could also be that the happy couples just feel it’s right.
Then again, in spite of the celebs heading to the CoE for their blessings, could the news that the basic fee for an Anglican ceremony might be increased by 50% from £284 to £425 put brides and grooms to be off the idea of a traditional church wedding? Remember this is before music and flowers for the ceremony is taken into account, so in reality the bill could come in several hundred pounds higher. Or is it a small price to pay for the overall experience?
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