[quote="agapewolf, post:19, topic:209920"]
Not really--- it was 2 different points in one. The first paragraph was pretty simple. Then I added an additional point about where people put money.
I don't understand why people have such an issue with paying so much money for renting a church building to take over with their own family and friends for a few hours, but don't have issues with spending it for a reception.
While I think it's acceptable to charge a fee that reflects power usage, any additional parish staff, etc., a church is NOT a reception hall; it is a place of worship where a sacrament is being conferred. This is different from simply "renting a building". Particularly if the bride/couple/family (at least one of these) are registered parishioners who regularly donate to the parish, I feel the fee, if any (and many parishes don't charge one) should be nominal. I don't think that the wedding of a contributing parishioner should be viewed as a money-making opportunity, beyond actual costs (and the customary donation to the officiant.)
Now, if the bride/couple/family is not a registered and contributing parishioner, that is another story entirely; for example, I had no problem with the fairly steep fees our Cathedral charged, as we are not parishioners there, but love it nonetheless. There is also an historic old church here that is so beautiful many out-of-parish brides wish to be married there; no problem with a fee for that, either.