Wedding Fees

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A frequently asked question on the Change Ringers email list over the years has been - "How much do other towers charge for ringing at weddings?". This table has been compiled to record this information, and other towers are encouraged to add to it. In considering what is reasonable readers may wish to search for "average wedding costs" in google or similar. For instance in 2008 The Telegraph was reporting an average of £20,000, though this was pre-credit crunch.

At most towers, ringers tend to be paid from around £10 to £20, but it can be significantly more for some towers in London! Some towers also include a donation to the Bell Fund as well as their ringing so they may be higher than the rope fee times the number of Bells. If a tower has a separate tower fund it is a good idea to include a donation to the fund as you can get money to have an inspection on your bells every year.

At most towers, if they say both or after, they may also be able to just do before.

NOTES:

  • At Chesterton, ringers get £10 each on Saturdays and £12 on weekdays. Ringer-up gets a fiver.
  • At Eccleshall, ringers driving to get to the tower are paid an extra £2.
  • At Harwich, local ringers tend not to take their money, although it is always offered. Visiting ringers are paid £10.
  • At Rainhill, St Bart's has a reduced fee, approx 60%, for before or after. Flat rate for weekdays is £150 (£20 per rope).
  • At Whitchurch, the Ringers Charge £2 extra per rope for Before and After.
  • At Warfield, 8 bells are usually rung, but maybe only 6 if short of people.
  • At Churchdown, £60 from the fee goes to the tower fund, the fee for weekday weddings is £200 of which £80 goes to the tower fund.
  • At St Clement Danes, the fees are £40 per ringer. With a choice of 6, 8 or ten. Fees are doubled if before and after is required. There is a fee of £40 paid for ringing the bells up before the service if ringing out is required. There is a fee of £40 for arranging the band. And the church gets a fee of £40. The new fees haven't meant a loss of requests for bells.
  • At Clerkenwell there is a choice of 6 or 8. £30 per ringer. Fees doubled if ringing in and out is required. Double fee for the ringer ringing up the bells. Plus a tower fee of £30.

St Barnabas, Pimlico, London. £30 per ringer plus £30 for ringing up the bells before the service. £30 tower fee.

  • At Hemel Hempstead there is a 50% surcharge for weekday weddings

List by Tower

Tower When ringing Rope Fee (£) Total Fee (£) Bells Price from:
Abbots Langley, Herts before & after   80.00 6 2007
Albury, Herts after only   90.00 6 2007
Aldenham, St John Baptist, Herts, after only 15.00 150.00 8 2009-08-19
Aldridge, St Mary, West Mids after only 12.00 100.00 6 2007
Alfriston, St Andrew, Sussex, after only 8.00 50.00 6 2007-08-27
Anstey, Herts after only   70.00 6 2007
Apsley End, Herts before & after   80.00 6 2007
Aspenden, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Aston Tirrold, Oxon, S Michael   15.00 90.00 6 2008-01-01
Barkway, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Barley, Herts after only   70.00 6 2007
Barrow-upon-Humber, N Lincs. after only 5.00 60.00 8 2006-10-11
Barrowby, Lincs. after only   105.00 6 2008-01-01
Beckenham, Kent, St George Before & after 15.00   6-10 2006-08-09
Birmingham, St Paul 6 bells before & after 30.00 220.00 6 2006-10-10
Birmingham, St Paul 6 bells before or after 20.00 160.00 6 2006-10-10
Birmingham, St Paul 8 bells before & after 30.00 280.00 8 2006-10-10
Birmingham, St Paul 8 bells before or after 20.00 200.00 8 2006-10-10
Bishops Stortford, Herts after only   100.00 10 2007
Bishopstoke, Hants, St Mary after only 12.00 120.00 8 2009-01-01
Blewbury, Oxon, S Michael & All Angels   15.00 120.00 8 2008-01-01
Boston, Massachusetts, Christ Church     130.00 5-8 2005-09-25
Brailsford, Derbyshire after only 15.00 90.00 6 2007
Brailsford, Derbyshire before & after 20.00 120.00 6 2007
Brampton, Cambridgeshire after only 10.00 80.00 6 2007-01-01
Braughing, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Brent Pelham, Herts after only   70.00 6 2007
Broughton, N Lincs after only 9.00 54.00 6 2006-10-11
Broughton, Staffs before or after 10.00 80.00 8 2008-03-01
Broxbourne, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Bushey Heath, Herts after only   90.00 8 2007
Bushey, Herts after only   120.00 8 2007
Cambridge, Cambs, Gt St Mary per session 15.00 200.00 6-12 2009-04-05
Charlton Kings, Glos, St Mary after only 10.00 90.00 8 2008-06-05
Cheltenham, St Mark after only 10.00 100.00 6-8 2008-03-01
Cherry Hinton, Cambs after only 10.00 100.00 6 2008-03-01
Chesterfield, Derbys, St Mary & All Ss any 25.00 250.00 6-10 2009-01-01
Chesterton, Cambs, St Andrew before & after 20.00 150.00 6 2008-05-08
Chesterton, Cambs, St Andrew* after only 10.00 100.00 6 2006-02-17
Chipping Barnet, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Churchdown, Gloucestershire* before & after 15.00 150.00 6 2008-08-01
Clenchwarton, Norfolk before & after 15.00 100.00 5 2011-06-07
Clerkenwell* before after/both 25/50 250/475 6-8 2009-01-11
Datchworth, Herts after only   80.00 6 2007
East Hagbourne, Oxon, S Andrew after only 15.00 120.00 8 2008-01-01
East Meon after only 10.00 120.00 8 2008-01-01
Eccleshall, Staffs before & after 17.00 150.00 8 2008-01-01
Eccleshall, Staffs before or after 7.00 67.30 8 2008-01-01
Edgbaston, Birmingham   25.00 250.00 8 2005-11-24
Elstree, Herts after only   70.00 6 2007
Finedon, Northants after only 10.00 80.00 8 2008
Flamstead, Herts before & after   120.00 6 2007
Furneaux Pelham, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Great Berkhamsted, Herts after only   120.00 8 2007
Great Gaddesden, Herts before & after   100.00 6 2007
Great Hormead, Herts after only   70.00 6 2007
Great Horwood, Bucks. St James both or after 10.00 60.00 6 2007-11-17
Great Stanmore, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Harpenden, Herts after only   130.00 8 2007
Harwich, Essex*   10.00 100.00 6 2007-08-14
Hatfield, Herts after only   150.00 10 2007
Hemel Hempstead, Herts after only   120.00 8 2009
Hertford, All Saints, Herts after only   80.00 10 2007
Hertford, St Andrew, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Hunsdon, Herts after only   60.00 8 2007
Kensington,St Mary Abbots both or after 40/80 400/800 10 2008
Kimpton, Herts after only   72.00 8 2007
Kings Langley, Herts before & after   130.00 8 2007
Langleybury, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Lemsford, Herts after only   66.00 6 2007
Linton, Cambs after only   70.00 6 2011
Little Gaddesden, Herts after only   100.00 6 2007
Little Hadham, Herts after only   90.00 6 2007
Little Munden, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Liverpool, Merseyside, Pier Head after only 20.00 160.00 6 2010-04-17
Liverpool, Merseyside, Tuebrook   15.00 90.00 6 2005-09-03
Llanfrechfa, Gwent, All Saints   5.00 50.00 6-8 2006-10-11
Llantarnam, Gwent, St Michael & All Angels   6.00 40.00 6 2006-10-11
Melbourne, Derbys, SS Michael & Mary   10.00 100.00 8 2005-09-03
Much Hadham, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Newcastle, Jesmond, before & after 10.00 80.00 8 2007-09-20
North Marston, Bucks. Assumption B.V.M both or after 10.00 70.00 6 2009-04-14
North Moreton, Oxon, All Saints   15.00 75.00 5 2008-01-01
North Mymms, Herts before & after   150.00 8 2007
Northaw, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Northchurch, Herts before & after   120.00 8 2007
Oaks-in-Charnwood, Leics, St James after only 10.00 100.00 8 2008-06-18
Oswestry, Shropshire, St Oswald after only 10.00 8 2011-02-10
Quainton, Bucks. Holy Cross and St. Mary both or after 10.00 100.00 6-8 2008-04-14
Rainhill, Merseyside, St Bart's * both or either 15.00 120.00 6 2006-01-01
Redbourn, Herts after only   130.00 6 2007
Rickmansworth, Herts before & after   140.00 10 2007
Ridge, Herts before & after   80.00 6 2007
Sandridge, Herts after only   120.00 6 2007
Sawbridgeworth, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Scawby, Lincs   10.00 30.00 3 2006-10-11
Shedfield, Hants, St John the Baptist after only 12.00 120.00 8 2008 & 2009
Sheffield, Cathedral, SS Peter & Paul before & after 20.00 200.00 8-12 2011-06-06
Sheffield, Hallam Cathedral, St Marie(RC) after 10.00 100.00 8 2011-06-06
South Mymms, Herts before & after   80.00 6 2007
St Albans Abbey, Herts after only   250.00 12 2007
St Albans, St Michael, Herts after only   130.00 8 2007
St Albans, St Peter, Herts after only   150.00 10 2007
St Albans, St Peter, Herts before & after   180.00 10 2007
Staines, Surrey, St Mary / St Peter (same) before & after 14.00   8 2008
Staines, Surrey, St Mary / St Peter (same) before or after 7.00   8 2008
Standon, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Stoke-next-Guildford, Surrey, S.J.E.   15.00 120.00 6 2006-10-09
Sydney, St Mary's Cathedral both 31.00 310.00 8 2011-01-01
Sydney, St Philip's both 31.00 260.40 8 2011-01-01
Tewin, Herts after only   90.00 6 2007
Thorley, Herts after only   100.00 6 2007
Thrumpton, Nottingham before & after 25.00 175.00 6 2011
Tring, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Waddington, Lincoln after only 6.00   6 2008
Ware, Herts after only   100.00 8 2007
Warfield, Bracknell * after only 12.00 130.00 8 2010
Wargrave, Berkshire after only 15.00 210.00 8 2011-01-18
Watton-at-Stone, Herts after only   60.00 8 2007
Welwyn, Herts after only   90.00 8 2007
Westminster,London,St Clement Danes before or after/both 40/80 480/960 6-10 2011
Wheathampstead, Herts after only   80.00 8 2007
Whitchurch, Bucks. St. John Evangelist both or after* 20.00 120.00 6 2008-01-23
Widcombe, Bath, before & after 20.00 160.00 8 2007-09-20
Widford, Herts after only   60.00 6 2007
Whittington, Shropshire, after only 10.00 6
Winslow, Bucks. St. Laurence both or after 10.00 80.00 8 2009-04-14
Worcester Cathedral   20.00 435.00 12  
Yelvertoft, All Saints   10.00 60.00 6 2006-10-09