Absolutely horrified/maddened at the sort of venue hire prices replete with restrictive T&Cs quoted at me. =[ Sigh! Any tips for trying to find a venue that isn't going to force in-house catering and drinks on me? Going to host it in this house at this rate.
Hi Tessa you will be very lucky if you find a venue that doesn't use in house catering and restrictive T&C's :)
I have a few golf parks near me where you pay a small fee to sign up to park then the venue is available for free whenever u need it, self catering, have u any near you u could look into?
Sadly if you want the venue you have in house catering unless you hire a room.in a social club or similar venue..
Try barn hire etc they may allow outside caterers
Some schools near me hire out and some of them are absolutely beautiful would never believe they are schools x
If you are happy to do the legal bit at the registry office or church, you'd be able to have the rest at any venue, could open up more options :) xx
We went for a marquee in the grounds of someone's house for exactly this reason! So much better than having things thrust upon you :-)
Depending where ur from i know the mill barns allows ur own drink but not sure about anything else
Local village halls usually are less expensive and you can find your own catering it really depends were you live
golf club function room or other sports clubs function room is your best shout.
If you don't want a package with catering etc then you need to be looking for room hire only. contact venues and ask for room hire rates without any kind of package, most places enable room hire (some will allow external catering others will not) or failing that hire somewhere like a village hall or similar and do it all yourself, but from what I've heard from others who have done that it can end up more expensive. You will probably have to have the ceremony at the registry office though and then have the reception at your chosen venue :)
We went with a beautiful barn like village hall. Own catering and we can stock our own bar! Win win all round :) and only a £300 hire fee for 3 whole days. Didn’t even think of looking as I was looking at hotels etc until my other half’s grandma said to have look! Good luck! Xxxx
Don't know where you are based but we booked Pentre Mawr Country House, they pretty much allow free reign. The only caveats are that you have to fill 11 rooms for 2 nights and have a minimum of 24 guests for dinner on the night before the wedding.
Look for village halls or room only hire.
Some hotels do only room hire or sports clubs
I have a venue that isn't extortionate but we do have to use their catering but can provide our own alcohol (only paying corkage)
We found the same we are going for a village hall which has a barn feel to it, 3 days hire for £400 but beware you have to do everything - sort out lighting (if you want anything different) all your own catering, people to wait the tables etc - so we will be hiring a couple of people to work the day (clear up a little / bring the cake out at the right time, monitor caterers etc) however when we added up all the costs it was still way below the cost of even the cheapest venues for a Saturday in season. If you aren’t afraid of some hard work to make it look good village halls can be a great and cheaper alternative ️ at the end of the day what matters the most is that you have a good day and that you are happy.
We dry hired a warehouse. Doing our own drink and catering. H2b is a chef so refused all the other places. Does work out more expensive as we have to hire everything; plates cutlery etc.
We’re hiring Errol Park a beautiful country house estate with stable conversion for the reception. It’s quite pricey as a venue only hire but it’s stunning and your can do whatever you like there xx
We looked at lots of venues that had different variations from in house catering to full diy. Where are you based? What sort of venue do you want?
It's just looking around. Are venue let us serve our own alcohol up to 7pm. And we were allowed to use our own caterers
I am located in Suffolk. We are getting married at Woolverstone Hall which allows you to use your own caterers/bar/do. We gain entry day before wedding to set up and then go and collect stuff on the Monday. We are paying £4000 for this as a lot of people are attending-large families on both sides.
We have hired a church hall and are doing our own catering. Our ceremony is at 4.30pm so only having to do a buffet and drinks so it works out cheaper.
Have a look for a venue that doesn’t usually do weddings. Haven’t had our wedding yet (so I’m not sure if it’ll be super awesome) but so far I think we might have lucked out because it does events, but never weddings, so it’s not used to ripping people off like most wedding specific venues 🤷️
Clubs with function rooms, village halls, church halls.
Friends of ours got married at Smeetham Hall Barn in Suffolk last year and they were allowed to provide their own alcohol and things like canapes/sweet cart.
Forrester park in great totham near Maldon do great prices for weddings and you can have your own caterers etc if you want. Katie the events Co ordinator is beyond helpful. We're on a mega tight budget but she's really helped us! And we got some free extras xx
We went for a village hall. That way it's completely ours for the day and we can choose who We want to come in and they are just as nice for half the price!
Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Looking into barns. Living in London makes everything 3x more expensive, can't believe some of you got hall hires for under £500!
We’re renting a local hall for £250, feeding 50 sit down at £25 a head from a local restaurant, drinks package is £310 to the venue, which is run by a charity so proceeds go to a good cause then from £5 a head on the buffet. The local big old house with the gorgeous grounds was over £5k for this and a limit of 80 night guests, loved the place just unfortunately couldn’t stretch. We also enquired at a pub, but would have needed a marquee in the garden and we get married in 4 weeks so was a bit worried about being cold.
We have hired our local free masons building, we could have catered ourselves but they came I'm so reasonable we booked them
We have the entire venue all day 9:30-midnight ceremony fees, afternoon tea wedding breakfast for 50 a roast drink and wine on the table and a bbq for 150 for £2300
it is horrifying in London! We are getting married in St. Etheldreda's Church in Holborn, then reception in the Crypt. We are paying £850 for the hall hire, then in-house catering for 65 guests. i think it is the cheapest in central london.
Used a village hall for £250 , allowed our own alcohol for sit down reception & had a cash bar for evening , & had outside caterers who only charged £12.99 per person & wonderful team & lovely food .... & so much food left over too ...