A report indicates that a proposal to raise the fee for funerals and weddings in the Church of England has failed. I did not even know they had fees! The current fees will remain for now...
Rite Current Fee Proposed Fee (not adopted)
Funeral £102 ($161) £150 ($238)
Wedding £284 ($450) £450 ($713)
Hummm.... The argument for the raise in fees is that this would preclude those churches that charger HIGHER fees?!?! The argument against it, well, I don't need to tell you that...
We do not have set fees but we do ask folks at weddings to cover some of the cost of the custodian and to compensate the church musician. Honorariums for Pastors are all over the place (personally, I have received nothing to more than $1000 for both weddings and funerals -- gifts of the family and not fees requested). I have mixed feelings about this. I, for one, would skip the fees for the funeral but I do know that there are many costs associated with weddings (including the fact that with pictures and dressing at the church, it is not unusual for the wedding party to use the facility for 6-8 hours at a time). Also, the costs shelled out for dresses, tuxes, flowers, photos, videos, limos, reception, etc... make me wonder if it is so unreasonable to ask the couple for some of the actual cost to the church. But I have mixed feelings about this, as well.
What think you all on the subject of honorariums, fees, and other costs for weddings? (Lets just skip the subject of funerals -- except to say that if you have a church cemetery you might be more justified in fees associated with opening and closing the grave.)