UKbride Member Request 9 Aug 2017

#MEMBERREQUEST - so, myself and my partner are recently engaged & are...

#MEMBERREQUEST - so, myself and my partner are recently engaged & are looking to get married around 2019/2020. i thought this would be a reasonable time to book & pay for everything. However .. the prices we are looking at or receiving for venues are around the £8000 mark. i understand it's not going to be cheap, but that's for the ceremony, wedding breakfast & room hire for evening only. the buffet in the evening is an additional £30pp. DJ is not included in that price. is this good or no? our budget is around the £8000/10,000 mark! it's so so expensive ???????? any tips or advice on how to have the best, most affordable wedding of our dreams?

Emma Gibson
Emma Gibson 9 Aug 2017

I would say that's expensive for under £9.5k we have got ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening buffet, dj, drinks packages plus lots of extras (spa access and treatments) bridal suite for the night and 2 rooms (1 for our girls and one for my parents) and it's a Saturday wedding. I did see places more expensive than ours though too x

Katie Elliott
Katie Elliott 9 Aug 2017

I think it totally depends on the venue and whether you think it's worth that sort of money. We looked at some which we thought were way too overpriced but then others you got what you paid for. 30pp for evening food seems very expensive to me.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2017

How many people are you catering for and what kind of venue is it? A hotel for example will be alot more than a banqueting hall..

Stephanie Evans
Stephanie Evans 9 Aug 2017

We are having our wedding on a Thursday which is cheaper also we are having afternoon tea and a hog roast buffet at night and for 70 guests in the day and 120 at night it's costing us just less than £3,000 and that's for the venue our whole wedding with everything and honeymoon has cost us just over £7,000, my advise is, if you can do stuff your self do it, there is always a cheaper way, good luck xx

Paige Warwick
Paige Warwick 9 Aug 2017

thankyou ladies. i am really struggling to find a reasonably priced venue that is within our budget .. we want it close to home to save travelling expenses. we are having around 70day guests and 100evening guests. xxxxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2017

I paid 2.5k for a beautiful venue, 5 course meal, drinks, dj, evening buffet , bridal suite and ceremony room. It was better than any of the places we saw and nowhere near the price they were wanting for it. If you look hard enough you can find great deals.

E Wilson
E Wilson 9 Aug 2017

Weekdays can be a lot cheaper, also the month of the year can make a difference. Venues charge so differently. Perhaps a hotel will be cheaper that is what we have gone for.

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 9 Aug 2017

Hi I think you need to look at different venues :)

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 9 Aug 2017

A lot may be to do with the area you are in but I think that is somewhat steep. It all depends exactly what you have got included and perhaps you need to look at what you could pull back on.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2017

Try Holiday Inn. They do decent packages from £2,600.

Paige Warwick
Paige Warwick 10 Aug 2017

i found this package close to home.. i thought this was brilliant? it's cheaper than other venues and a lot more included? xx

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Stacey Parker
Stacey Parker 10 Aug 2017

To be quite honest we can't afford a big wedding so we're just going to Scotland to elope. That price does seem really steep though :( where abouts do you live? Surely there's something cheaper. Good luck x

Jayne Timmins
Jayne Timmins 10 Aug 2017

I'm getting married in the West Midlands, in a lovely country hotel. We have booked our ceremony, sit down meal for 40, evening buffet for 70 and DJ for £3250.

Alys Brierley
Alys Brierley 12 Aug 2017

Cut out wedding breakfast have something else instead of have a late day wedding as they will all be that price

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 21 Aug 2017

There are a number of alternatives. You may want to consider your guest list and having a smaller number of guests attends. Or you could have an intimate wedding for family and a select number of friends and then have a celebration afterwards, which will cost considerably less. You will find with many venues that even if you book at their price today, prices will increase over the next few years and you'll be charged more.

Lisa Keenan
Lisa Keenan 25 Aug 2017

As others have said, it really depends on your venue. My fiancé and I are paying around £12k for the venue, drinks reception with canapés, 3 course wedding breakfast, 1/2 bottle of wine per person, a glass of prosecco for toasts and evening buffet for 100 day guests/120 evening guests. But we're getting married in London where we live, which makes things WAY more expensive, and we've booked a venue in an absolutely beautiful location which means it's pretty high demand. Look at hotels (especially chain hotels like the Holiday Inn), midweek and off season to save a lot of money. Hog roasts/buffets are a good way of saving money on food, as is having a late ceremony so you only have to feed guests once. Look our for dry hire too - you just pay venue hire costs and then find external caterers, decorations, alcohol, etc. yourself. Can work out cheaper, especially if you do a run to Calais to buy all your alcohol super cheap. Also we booked this year for a 2019 wedding and our prices are locked in as the current prices, so even if they raise their prices we won't have to pay. Lost of venues do this, so booking earlier can save you money in the long run! Enjoy :-)


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