Allow couples to customise or personalise their big day to reflect aspects of their own lives, such as hobbies and pets.

Among the examples that vicars are being urged to welcome are biker weddings, where motorcycle enthusiasts, often clad in leather, are transported to church on vintage bikes.

Vicars should even be encouraged to officiate over underwater weddings, where the bride and groom exchange vows in a pool.

In such ceremonies, couples have worn traditional formal dress over diving suits with oxygen masks, while clergy have used special microphones so the couple’s vows can be clearly heard.

Another new trend, endorsed by the guidance, involves the use of a trained owl to swoop down the aisle with the rings in its talons, which it delivers to the best man.

In another wedding, cited favourably by the new book, a bride rode to the church on her favourite horse and it remained inside during the ceremony.

Even particularly ostentatious weddings, such as David and Victoria Beckham’s 1999 marriage at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, during which they sat on golden thrones, should not be ruled out.

A vicar in Carlisle told the researchers: “I have to work on the basis that if I say 'no’, it’s because I think Jesus would. I hardly ever say it.”

Vicars should also consider allowing a couple’s children to walk down the aisle with them, or include existing children by incorporating a baptism or thanksgiving for a birth.
 
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