Kent Vicar Fines Brides £100 for Being Late to the Church

One vicar in Kent has been making the news with his controversial decision to “fine” brides £100 if they are more than ten minutes late to the church on their big day. Yes – really!

Canon John Corbyn was getting fed up with brides turning up late to their allotted service so if you get married at Holy Trinity Church in Bearsted, Kent – you had better turn up on time (or at least less than ten minutes late!).

Couples getting married in this Kent church have an additional £100 added into their ceremony fees and this is handed back if the bride makes the ceremony on time.

Discussing his strict ceremony rules, Canon John Corbyn explained:

“I’m not calling it a fine, but if you want to hire the venue for one hour or two hours, you pay different amounts.

“The money goes to the 20 or so volunteers who give up their time to assist at a wedding, including the verger, organist, choir and bell ringers. These people give an hour or so out of their day – generally at a weekend – which can turn into 90 minutes or more if the ceremony runs late. It seems reasonable to me.”

Listen to Sorella + Co discussing this issue with BBC Radio WM’s lovely Danny Kelly last week (you’ll have to hurry, the show only remains on iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.)

Is it just us or is this vicar actually making sense? What do you think? Do you have a policy for late cancellations and lateness for your wedding business?

Caroline x