Thursday, 22 May 2014

Church Organ Blues | Budget Wedding Blog

Are you planning on getting married in a church? Churches are one of the very cheapest places to get married, especially C of E Churches as they are the only religious establishments where you don't need to also buy in a registrar. Luckily my home village church is C of E as a registrar in North Yorkshire will set you back about £400, it's cheaper in some counties, I have no idea why...

But if you are planning on getting wed in a Church then you should know that most charge you extra for the organist (and for the bells to be rung for that matter)

The thing is, you don't actually need the organist, most churches also have a piano and most people know someone who can play piano.  So ask around, you never know. Alternatively, if you don't want the traditional 'here comes the bride' or wedding march then its possibly safer (and cheaper) to take your own music playing devices. The video below demonstrates why...

My advice if you're going to book the church organist is to hear them play first, you wouldn't book a band without hearing them would you? The above, I'm sure, is rare but I have heard some pretty bad ones across the country.

Also did you know that you don't just have to sing religious songs in church? Ask your Vicar about this, we sang 'Perfect Day' by Lou Reed. When I asked my Vicar about singing non religious songs he said "sure, so long as it's not Pagan or anything..." I did struggle a little to find a nice song that was a) fairly easy to sing b) that every generation would know c) was church appropriate and d) not cheesy. But with Perfect Day, we totally nailed it.

I'd love to hear if anyone else has sung/ is singing non religious songs in their church ceremony!


  1. Agreed - *always* hear the organist first! I went to a wedding a few years ago at which the organist was clearly drunk (and getting drunker as the ceremony went on). Towards the end of the exit music, the sound of him/her falling off the stool (while continuing to play, badly) was clearly audible.

  2. That's actually quite funny... from an outside perspective, I hope they got a refund!

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