Fees rise for tying the knot

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SHEFFIELD Council has revealed plans to spend £25,000 upgrading wedding facilities at the Town Hall but the fee charged for ceremonies at the new venue will almost triple.

Under proposals to be decided by Cabinet tomorrow, the authority will revamp the Register Office Ceremony Rooms.

They will be decommissioned as Register Office premises, at which the fee for ceremonies is set by the Government at £40, and re-registered as Approved Marriage Premises, allowing higher fees.

The council is proposing to set the new charge at £110 for a weekday ceremony, or £130 at weekends.

A new separate Register Office Room will be created to provide more basic ceremonies for people still wanting to pay the £40 fee.

Superintendent Registrar Gillian Richards said: “The outcome will be the customer will have greater choice and an enhanced experience. It is proposed to improve the rooms in keeping with the grandeur of the building, extend the times ceremonies are offered to include Saturday mornings, and have fewer ceremonies taking place at the same time.”

She said the current £40 fee did not cover the council’s costs and the change in the law allowing a range of venues to hold weddings had led to higher ‘customer expectation’.

The changes will mean better decor at the Town Hall, and the chance for couples to personalise their ceremonies.

Sheffield United charges £725 for a Bramall Lane wedding, and Leeds Council charges up to £140. Rotherham Council charges £75.