Do you want to hear the sound of wedding bells?

Photo : Ian Robinson'Organisors of the Wedding Fayre at St Marys Church in Eccleston, from left, Gill Jamieson, Anne Worthington and Rosina Monks
Photo : Ian Robinson'Organisors of the Wedding Fayre at St Marys Church in Eccleston, from left, Gill Jamieson, Anne Worthington and Rosina Monks

Church-goers are urging more couples to tie the knot to the sound of church bells.

Marriage is supposedly the happiest day of your life and last Sunday St Mary’s Parish Church in Eccleston hosted a wedding fayre.

The catch phrase for the fayre was “Think Wedding – Think Church,” in a bid to encourage people to return to tradition, make the most of their day and also support local services.

There was also a wedding dress catwalk at Brides Gallery of Eccleston in the afternoon to support the fayre.

Rosina Monks, of St Mary’s Church, said: “Our church does quite well because we have a beautiful church.

“But we’re reminding people churches are beautiful, ageless, timeless and traditional places to get married.

“I do know church weddings aren’t too expensive, contrary to popular belief.

“The church was decorated specially, an ice cream tricycle and wedding cars were also showcased.

“We would like to think people who came to the fayre and were inspired to get married in our church or any church for that matter.”

Rev Jayne Ward said: “It was absolutely fantastic, many people turned out for it.”

She explained that weddings in many hotels with a registrar may actually cost more than a wedding in church, and that cost can vary depending on what service you want.

“I think there are still a lot of people going for church weddings,” she added.

“But some people may feel that just because they don’t come to church regularly they can’t have their wedding in a church, we wanted to change that view.”