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Churches to allow celebrity-style customised ceremonies

The sky’s the limit with new rules on C of E weddings

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Kate Moss and Jamie Hince outside their pretty Cotswold church

The Church of England is shaking off its conservative image to pave the way for couples to host wedding ceremonies with the A-list factor. Inspired by celeb weddings such as Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Lily Allen and Sam Cooper and Posh and Becks, who said their vows 13 years ago sitting on golden thrones, the initiative hopes to encourage more couples to consider a church wedding.

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The C of E has published a handbook for clerics with new guidelines on ceremonies. And with walking down the aisle to pop music, entering the church on horseback and underwater ceremonies all making the cut, it seems you can let your imagination go wild.

And church-wedding couples can now document their special day in all its bespoke glory as vicars who were sometimes reluctant to allow photographers and videographers into the service, have been urged to give them the green light.

Church weddings have been steadily decreasing in popularity, but this new enthusiasm for Posh and Becks style celebrations along with the legal reforms of 2010 that allow couples a wider choice of churches, look set to end the downwards trend.

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Words by Hollie Bond