During a conversation at a funeral wake, one of the mourners – a wedding photographer – made the following comment: ‘I take photographs of people all over the country and I know from their faces what makes for a great wedding. It is not the lavish setting or the expensive trimmings; it is the marriage itself and being with family and friends.’

Which prompted the thought that, for a Millennial couple serious about their solemn vows, it would be possible to have a great wedding in our village parish church for under a grand.

Our fee for a marriage service is currently £502 including verger and organist. It would cost £36 to hire our Parish Centre for a four-hour reception.

If the couple did not have a supportive family and circle of friends to provide a bring-and-share buffet, make a wedding cake and produce some bottles of Cava, our loving church community could do that for them.

Someone could get their car washed and put a ribbon around it, which would save the exorbitant cost of a revamped hearse.

With resourcefulness and help from a skilled seamstress, the bride could look lovely for under £250. The groom just has to put a suit on.

The guests could take photographs with their smart phones for nothing, budget £150 for the rings and some flowers and then, in the words of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer, ‘shall the minister speak unto the people:

‘Forasmuch as Will and Kate have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen’.

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