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 now get £15 each - previously they got £10 on Saturdays and £12 on weekdays. Ringer-up gets a fiver.
  • 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 18 112 6 11/11/2013
Albury, Herts after only 15 125 6 28/02/2014
Aldbury, Herts after only 15 120 6 11/11/2013
Aldenham, Herts after only 15 150 8 11/11/2013
Aldridge, St Mary, West Mids after only 12 100 6 2007
Alfriston, St Andrew, Sussex, after only 8 50 6 27/08/2007
Anstey, Herts after only 10 70 6 11/11/2013
Apsley, Herts after only 15 150 6 11/11/2013
Ardley, Herts after only 12.50 75 6 11/11/2013
Ashwell, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Aspenden, Herts after only 10 8 11/11/2013
Aston Tirrold, Oxon, S Michael 15 90 6 01/01/2008
Aston, Herts after only 15 140 6 11/11/2013
Baldock, Herts after only 12 110 6 11/11/2013
Barkway, Herts after only 15 130 8 11/11/2013
Barley, Herts after only 10 80 6 11/11/2013
Barrowby, Lincs. after only 105 6 01/01/2008
Barrow-upon-Humber, N Lincs. after only 5 60 8 11/10/2006
Beckenham, Kent, St George Before & after 15 6-10 09/08/2006
Benington, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Berkhamsted, Herts after only 15 150 8 11/11/2013
Birmingham, St Paul 6 bells before & after 30 220 6 10/10/2006
Birmingham, St Paul 6 bells before or after 20 160 6 10/10/2006
Birmingham, St Paul 8 bells before & after 30 280 8 10/10/2006
Birmingham, St Paul 8 bells before or after 20 200 8 10/10/2006
Bishops Stortford, Herts before & after 15 120 10/8/6 11/11/2013
Bishopstoke, Hants, St Mary after only 12 120 8 01/01/2009
Blewbury, Oxon, S Michael & All Angels 15 120 8 01/01/2008
Boston, Massachusetts, Christ Church 130 5-8 25/09/2005
Brailsford, Derbyshire after only 15 90 6 2007
Brailsford, Derbyshire before & after 20 120 6 2007
Brampton, Cambridgeshire after only 10 80 6 01/01/2007
Braughing, Herts after only 10 80 8 11/11/2013
Broughton, N Lincs after only 9 54 6 11/10/2006
Broughton, Staffs before or after 10 80 8 13/01/2015
Bushey Heath, Herts after only 15 150 8 11/11/2013
Bushey, Herts after only 20 220 8 11/11/2013
Cambridge, Cambs, Gt St Mary per session 20 260-310 6-12 2016
Charlton Kings, Glos, St Mary after only 10 90 8 05/06/2008
Cheltenham, St Mark after only 10 100 6-8 01/03/2008
Cherry Hinton, Cambs after only 10 100 6 01/03/2008
Chesterfield, Derbys, St Mary & All Ss any 25 250 6-10 01/01/2009
Chesterton, Cambs, St Andrew before & after 25 200 6 01/01/2016
Chesterton, Cambs, St Andrew* after only 15 130 6 01/01/2016
Churchdown, Gloucestershire* before & after 15 150 6 01/08/2008
Clenchwarton, Norfolk before & after 20 120 5 14/01/2017
Clerkenwell* before after/both 25/50 250/475 6-8 11/01/2009
Codicote, Herts after only 15 120 6 11/11/2013
Combe, Oxon, S Laurence after only 15 6 14/04/2012
Cottered, Herts after only 20 100 5 11/11/2013
Datchworth, Herts after only 12 120 6 11/11/2013
East Hagbourne, Oxon, S Andrew after only 15 120 8 01/01/2008
East Meon after only 10 120 8 01/01/2008
Eccleshall, Staffs before & after 20 190 8 13/01/2015
Eccleshall, Staffs before or after 10 95 8 13/01/2015
Edgbaston, Birmingham 25 250 8 24/11/2005
Elstree, Herts after only 15 105 6 11/11/2013
Essendon, Herts after only 12 100 8 11/11/2013
Finedon, Northants after only 10 80 8 2008
Furneux Pelham, Herts after only 15 90 6 11/11/2013
Graveley, Herts after only 15 110 6 11/11/2013
Great Amwell, Herts after only 15 120 6 11/11/2013
Great Gaddesden, Herts before & after 15 150 6 11/11/2013
Great Horwood, Bucks. St James both or after 10 60 6 17/11/2007
Great Offley, Herts after only 10 60 6 11/11/2013
Great Stanmore, Herts after only 20 130 6 11/11/2013
Great Wymondley, Herts after only 17/20 150 6 11/11/2013
Harpenden, Herts after only 16 150 8 11/11/2013
Harwich, Essex* 10 100 6 14/08/2007
Hatfield, Herts after only 20/15 150 10/8/6 11/11/2013
Hemel Hempstead , Herts after only 12.50/15/20/25 130 6/8 11/11/2013
Hertford, Herts after only 15 100 8 11/11/2013
Hinxworth, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Histon, St Andrew, Cambs after only 15 160 8 2016
Hitchin, Herts after only 18/12 100 8 11/11/2013
Hunsdon, Herts after only 10 6 11/11/2013
Kensington,St Mary Abbots both or after 40/80 400/800 10 2008
Kimpton, Herts after only 13 100 6 11/11/2013
Kings Langley, Herts after only 9 100 8 11/11/2013
Knebworth, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Langleybury, Herts after only 15 110 6 11/11/2013
Lilley, Herts after only 10 80 6 11/11/2013
Linton, Cambs after only 70 6 2011
Little Gaddesden, Herts after only 15/20 120 6 11/11/2013
Little Hadham, Herts after only 15 125 6 28/02/2014
Little Munden, Herts after only 15 90 6 11/11/2013
Little Wymondley, Herts after only 17/20 150 6 11/11/2013
Liverpool, Merseyside, Pier Head after only 20 160 6 17/04/2010
Liverpool, Merseyside, Tuebrook 15 90 6 03/09/2005
Llanfrechfa, Gwent, All Saints 5 50 6-8 11/10/2006
Llantarnam, Gwent, St Michael & All Angels 6 40 6 11/10/2006
Melbourne, Derbys, SS Michael & Mary 10 100 8 03/09/2005
Much Hadham, Herts, St Andrew before 15 125 8 28/02/2014
Newcastle, Jesmond, before & after 10 80 8 20/09/2007
North Marston, Bucks. Assumption B.V.M both or after 10 70 6 14/04/2009
North Moreton, Oxon, All Saints 15 75 5 01/01/2008
Northchurch, Herts before & after 17 190 6 11/11/2013
Norton, Herts after only 13 - 8 11/11/2013
Oaks-in-Charnwood, Leics, St James after only 10 100 8 18/06/2008
Oswestry, Shropshire, St Oswald after only 10 8 10/02/2011
Pirton, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Puttenham, Herts before & after 40 120 3 11/11/2013
Quainton, Bucks. Holy Cross and St. Mary both or after 10 100 6-8 14/04/2008
Rainhill, Merseyside, St Bart's * both or either 15 120 6 01/01/2006
Redbourn, Herts after only 15 180 6 11/11/2013
Rickmansworth, Herts before & after 15 175 10 11/11/2013
Ridge, Herts before & after 15 100 6 11/11/2013
Royston, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Rushden, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Sandon, Herts after only 11/11/2013
Sawbridgeworth, Herts after only 17 - 6 11/11/2013
Scawby, Lincs 10 30 3 11/10/2006
Shedfield, Hants, St John the Baptist after only 12 120 8 2008 & 2009
Sheffield, Cathedral, SS Peter & Paul before & after 20 200 8-12 06/06/2011
Sheffield, Hallam Cathedral, St Marie(RC) after 10 100 8 06/06/2011
South Mimms, Herts before & after 15 100 6 11/11/2013
St Ippolyts, Herts after only 17/20 150 6 11/11/2013
St Michael's St Albans, Herts after only 15 160 8 11/11/2013
St Peter's St Albans, Herts before & after 25 250 8/6 11/11/2013
Staines, Surrey, St Mary / St Peter (same) before & after 14 8 2008
Staines, Surrey, St Mary / St Peter (same) before or after 7 8 2008
Standon, Herts after only 12 90 6 11/11/2013
Stevenage, Herts after only 15 140 6/8 11/11/2013
Stoke-next-Guildford, Surrey, S.J.E. 15 120 6 09/10/2006
Sydney, St Mary's Cathedral both 31 310 8 01/01/2011
Sydney, St Philip's both 31 260.4 8 01/01/2011
Tewin, Herts after only 10 120 6 11/11/2013
Thatcham, Berks after only 22 220 8 01/01/2018
Thrumpton, Nottingham before & after 25 175 6 2011
Tring, Herts after only 15 150 8 11/11/2013
Waddington, Lincoln after only 6 6 2008
Walkern, Herts after only 6 11/11/2013
Wallington, Herts after only 6 11/11/2013
Ware, Herts after only 15 156 8 11/11/2013
Warfield, Bracknell * after only 20 200 8 2018
Wargrave, Berkshire after only 15 220 8 2012
Watford, Herts after only 20 200 8 or 10 11/11/2013
Watton, Herts after only 15 120 8 11/11/2013
Welwyn, Herts after only 12 120 6 11/11/2013
Westmill, Herts after only 10 6 11/11/2013
Westminster,London,St Clement Danes before or after/both 40/80 480/960 6-10 2011
Weston, Herts after only 15 120 6 11/11/2013
Wheathampstead, Herts after only 12 86 8 11/11/2013
Whitchurch, Bucks. St. John Evangelist both or after* 20 120 6 23/01/2008
Whittington, Shropshire, after only 10 6
Widcombe, Bath, before & after 20 160 8 20/09/2007
Winslow, Bucks. St. Laurence both or after 10 80 8 14/04/2009
Worcester Cathedral 20 435 12
Yelvertoft, All Saints 10 60 6 09/10/2006