Sunday, 22 August 2010

Ed: Given the overall cost of the average wedding, this is a spit in a bucket.

It is supposed to be the happiest day of your life and increasingly couples want to savour their wedding ceremony by having it filmed.

But church organists have been accused of taking advantage of brides and grooms by doubling their charges when they are playing at weddings that are being recorded.

Their normal fees range from £50 to £150 depending on their level of skill and experience.

However, it has become customary for the musicians to demand double the rate, up to £300, if the service is being filmed, even though they are not required to do any extra work.

Organists argue that the increase is justified, because their performance will likely be heard by a much larger audience and will be replayed a number of times.

Now, after a rising number of complaints from newlyweds, the Church of England has urged organists to drop the extra rate. Read more

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