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    • ~*NicolaP*~
      CommentAuthor~*NicolaP*~
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Feb 2nd 2015
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    Hey,

    So I have just received the paperwork from our church which will be used to apply for our marriage license.
    In the paperwork it asks whether we would like the Organist.
    I am very lucky to have a friend to play the classical guitar beautifully and have asked him to play a song while I walk down the aisle- this also helps us cut costs.
    I have just received a return email from the church admin department stating that the £150 Organist Fee is still due.
    I questioned this as I am not using the organ or the organist so why am I paying the fee?

    I am waiting to hear back from her, but in the meantime, has anyone ever heard of this before?

    Thanks xxxx




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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Feb 2nd 2015
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    Seems very strange that you would have to pay for the organist anyway.. I would just await the response from the church and see what reason they give. Seems a bit off... x

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    • CommentAuthorMrsRobson2Be
      Posted: Feb 2nd 2015
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    Our local church (CofE) has one set fee which includes everything whether or not you use it, where as others break down the cost & you only pay for the services you use. Maybe your church is like ours & you will have to pay anyway :(
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    • CatherineR
      CommentAuthorCatherineR
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    Depends, are you using the organ but not the organist? x

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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
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    Are you having the choir? Usually the organist is the choir master so they may charge for him leading the choir at your wedding

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    • ErinV
      CommentAuthorErinV
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    Hmm that's strange, can't believe they would charge for something you are not usdung. Wait to see what they say but doesn't sound right to me!
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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
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    I've sung in a lot of weddings at a few churches and this has been the case :)

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
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    Ummm, if you're not using the organist why pay the fee?

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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Feb 3rd 2015
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    as u are getting married in church u will need hyms etc and that is what organist is for... they basicaly give you no choice i did question it and it was like i had spat on her shoe she looked disgusted. But in all honesty i didnt think of hyms needing organist untill she said lol.. but if thats the case they shouldnt charge for it as its a requirement.
    (Im assumung this is the case anyway)

    But 150 is a high charge ours is only 60 and he covers entrance signing register hyms and leaving
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    • princesspixie
      CommentAuthorprincesspixie
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Feb 3rd 2015
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    ooooh im interested to hear what their reply is i personally hate the sound of the organ (that and bagpipes makes me wanna rip me ears off) lol xx

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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Feb 3rd 2015
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    Princesspixie i thpught the same but its a requirement we have to have :-/ not happy im paying for something i dont want! Like a verger also unless 2 of my guests turns up 45 mins before and 30mins after ive had to pay 35 for a verger.. hidden required "extras" annoy me

    Let us know what church says x
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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Feb 4th 2015
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    You don't have to have hymns just because its a church, we are having a church wedding I've asked for no hymns no organist just a cd player hooked up for music to be played on arrival and while we sign registar

    They shouldn't make you pay for it if your not wanting to use it
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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Feb 11th 2015
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    they r all different.. how did u get on?
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    • CoralLeigh2016
      CommentAuthorCoralLeigh2016
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    Its on our church paperwork as optional......we've put not applicable on ours as we'd rather not have the organ used - I'd double check with your Vicar on this one xx
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    • soontobemrspage
      CommentAuthorsoontobemrspage
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    Our letter said that the organist is still entitled to claim his/her fee if we choose not to use them. I think it's the same for most if not all churches
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
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    Some churches charge an organist fee regardless. I think it is often in an organist's contract that they get a few automatically. I've never understood it but it seems fairly standard. Maybe the organist is expected to keep the date free just in case plans for music change and they get called on. Plus have you thought about having any hymns, music for the signing of the register, and music to walk out too?

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    • KirstyR386
      CommentAuthorKirstyR386
      Got married 5 years ago
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    When we spoke to the church, the organist and getting the bells rung appeared to be extra if we wanted them. Def worth checking if you aren't going to use them. X
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    • DonnaH39
      CommentAuthorDonnaH39
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Feb 15th 2015
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    I think ours is included in the price, so they must be getting a fee whether we use them or not. We will be using them for our hymns, but nothing else




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    • ~*NicolaP*~
      CommentAuthor~*NicolaP*~
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Feb 16th 2015
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    Hi Ladies,

    Thanks for all of the responses.

    I heard back from the church administrator and she stated that the he needs to be paid either way (I have a friend who plays the piano/keyboard beautifully and already asked him to play)
    I told her that to cut costs, I have asked my friend to play his keyboard for the hymns and entrance music and she stated the I can still do that, but the Organist still needs to be paid... whether I use him and or his organ or not! (AND the organist, who is also the church's musical director, get Veto over my friend and my song choices!)
    When I asked her why she said that the church has a contract with the organist for the rights to every wedding and funeral.
    Which seems fine to me, should someone want an organ and organist, he should do it, but surely its not the same if you do not want it?
    Apparently it is. I would be denying him his jobs pay.
    So I have no choice but to pay it :(
    So.... now to find some songs which wont sound too horrific :(

    x




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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
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      Posted: Feb 16th 2015
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    Wow that seems harsh... x

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    • ~*NicolaP*~
      CommentAuthor~*NicolaP*~
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    Yep. :(
    She says he doesn't get paid for his usual playing (at mass etc) so he gets paid for the weddings and funerals. **Sigh**




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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Mar 3rd 2015
     
    Think im going to double check mine now as if i do have to pay for it, i may as well use it

    is there another wedding on your wedding day?
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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Mar 12th 2015
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    Ah just emailed the vicor today about ours and she has removed the organist fee of £60

    Just need to pick some good music to walk in n out to signing register and a one while guests r arriving before me.. possibly lol
 
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