(The Wedding Singer) is based in Staffordshire and offers live music and DJ packages specifically devised for wedding receptions throughout the UK. Last year, in 2012, James performed at more than 80 wedding receptions and Civil Partnership celebrations.
James has been singing at weddings since the age of 18 and built up a solid reputation as one of the country's most respected wedding singers performing at many of the country's top venues such as:
Blenheim Palace, Woburn Abbey, Leighton Hall & Lumley Castle
This is certainly a bold move to make for a church with a dwindling congregation, but it can yet reap dividends. Still, there are definite costs to any wedding, and by charging no fees, the church is essentially bearing those costs. What a church needs though, is activity. A slew of weddings will certainly provide that. How about throwing in a free church choir as well to sing those wedding songs? Then you need to build a choir (if there isn't one already). You send out audition notices to the neighborhood... activity... hustle and bustle - and soon you'll find that there's life in the old lady yet....
The article doesn't confirm it, but I assume it is the wedding engagement ring that was donated and not the wedding band, which comes in a pair (for husband and wife). It makes perfect sense of course, since the engagement ring is rarely worn after the wedding and acts more as a keepsake. Nonetheless, it is a truly touching gesture, especially from a woman who would normally value all the symbols of her marriage. I wish only the best for this couple. A marriage, or wedding is after all only perfunctory. Let the music of their love dance for life and eternity, with God as their witness.