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Church weddings

A basic Church Wedding service can cost £300, add any extras like bells or a choir and the costs can really mushroom. Here are The Chief Bridesmaid's money saving tips to cut the cost of your Church Wedding -

- Are there any other weddings happening in the Church that day (or indeed, the day before or following day?) If so, can you share flowers with them? After all, many flower arrangements are left in the Church/venue once your wedding ceremony is over anyway.

- Can you ask a family friend or relative to do the flower arrangements? If you're worried about loading too much burden onto one person, perhaps you could divide up the responsibility for the Church flowers, the reception flowers and the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets. Church weddings costs and advice

-  Are Church bells really a necessity? It can cost £200 to have Church bells both before and after your service - why not save money and cut this cost out of your wedding altogether? Or just ask for them to be rung before OR after the wedding service - and you'll get 50% off the price.

 - Choirs too can be an unnecessary expense - we paid for one, only to decide to play a recording of Happy Day from Sister Act 2 at our wedding. In retrospect, we should have gone without and saved the money for the honeymoon.

Without wishing to dissuade anyone from having a church service - registry office weddings can be cheaper. If you're willing to get married in a registry office with only a small number of visitors present, you can get married for as cheaply as about £100 - £60 wedding registration fee, £40 fee for the registrar and £3.50 for a copy of your marriage certificate.