Tessa Lok
Tessa Lok 31 Jan 2018

Absolutely horrified/maddened at the sort of venue hire prices replete with...

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.

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Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 31 Jan 2018

Hi Tessa you will be very lucky if you find a venue that doesn't use in house catering and restrictive T&C's :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

Sadly if you want the venue you have in house catering unless you hire a room.in a social club or similar venue..

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

Try barn hire etc they may allow outside caterers

Leanne Young
Leanne Young 1 Feb 2018

Some schools near me hire out and some of them are absolutely beautiful would never believe they are schools x

Rhiannon Robson
Rhiannon Robson 1 Feb 2018

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

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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 :-)

Kirsty Williams-Jones
Kirsty Williams-Jones 1 Feb 2018

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Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker 1 Feb 2018

Depending where ur from i know the mill barns allows ur own drink but not sure about anything else

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

Local village halls usually are less expensive and you can find your own catering it really depends were you live

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

golf club function room or other sports clubs function room is your best shout.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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 :)

Emma Young
Emma Young 1 Feb 2018

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

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

Look for village halls or room only hire.

Eliza-jane Riley
Eliza-jane Riley 1 Feb 2018

Some hotels do only room hire or sports clubs

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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.

Natasha Kent
Natasha Kent 1 Feb 2018

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.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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?

Shakira Badwal
Shakira Badwal 1 Feb 2018

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

Kelly McKee
Kelly McKee 1 Feb 2018

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.

Tracey Whitehouse
Tracey Whitehouse 1 Feb 2018

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.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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 🤷‍️

Hala Al-Chalabi
Hala Al-Chalabi 1 Feb 2018

Clubs with function rooms, village halls, church halls.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Feb 2018

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!

Tessa Lok
Tessa Lok 2 Feb 2018

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!

Emma Setterfield
Emma Setterfield 2 Feb 2018

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.

Kattrina Loizou
Kattrina Loizou 2 Feb 2018

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

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Feb 2018

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.

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 2 Feb 2018

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 ...

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