Changes to fees for civil ceremonies

A new fee has been agreed for Aberdeenshire Council civil wedding ceremonies.

 

Each year, Aberdeenshire Council registrars join hundreds of couples in marriage ceremonies with a dignified, sincere and heartfelt commitment.

 

The fees charged for providing a civil marriage service have remained unchanged since they were set in 2003, yet over the years the cost of providing this service has increased.

 

A meeting of the Business Services committee in early March approved a consultation into a fee increase, and yesterday councillors met to consider the results of that. 

 

The consultation showed that 85% of respondents were supportive of a new charging structure, which will see fee goes up.

 

The structure ensures that costs can be covered, whilst ensuring Aberdeenshire registrars remain within the national average. The rates are also the most affordable non-religious wedding ceremony available.

 

Breakdown of proposed civil ceremony fee increases:

National Average 2017

Aberdeenshire Council
(current)

Aberdeenshire Council
(proposed)

Marriage room

Weekdays (small)

130

125

125

Weekdays (large)

199

160

175

Saturdays (small)

287

200

250

Saturdays (large)

303

235

300

Sundays / Public holidays (small)

335

285

300

Sundays / Public Holidays (large)

356

285

350

Council Chambers

Weekdays

267

190

240

Saturdays

366

265

315

Sundays

381

265

365

Public holidays

387

External

Weekdays

292

225

275

Saturdays

351

275

350

Sundays

384

325

400

Public holidays

401

 

Members noted the results of the engagement and approved the increase for implementation from 22nd May 2017.