Wedding Prices: Venue
The essential price guide for the perfect wedding venue!
Your wedding day can do without a lot of optional extras, but a venue isn’t really one of them. Wherever you hold the best day of your life, it needs to be right for you. If you want a golf course, go forth and find a golf course. If you want a luxury hotel, look up those in your area. If you want a bare warehouse space, don’t let your dreams just be dreams: you go and bag that blank canvas. We’d love to help, too: we’ve built the UK’s biggest venue directory to enable you to sift through, survey and shortlist thousands of venues for your big day. Whatever you dream of for your wedding day, we have the venue to help you!
Bridebook’s Ballpark Figure:
This can get you:
A mansion house on a Saturday, with a three course meal and two bottles of wine per table included.
Exclusive use of the venue means that you and your guests will be the only ones on the premises during your special day (yaaay!). Normally, venues that offer this will charge slightly more, often even more than central hotels in London! For example, a country house that will play host to just you and your loved ones could cost you more than a luxurious London hotel, with a difference of £50 per head and higher.
Another factor that can affect the overall price of your wedding venue is the style and mood that you want the overall W-Day to have. A grand castle with extensive grounds, which you could have exclusive use of, can cost anywhere from £7,950 to £9,400 and higher in peak season. Whereas a marquee without any furniture and equipment can cost £1,584 for 140 guests or £4,500 with chairs, tables, lighting, flooring, toilets and PA system.
The time of year in which you choose to be married can significantly lessen the cost of your wedding venue (amazing, we know!) The peak times for weddings in the UK are on Saturdays from April-September and can cost up to 40% more than a Saturday wedding in the winter months! Similarly, choosing dates like Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve for your wedding can add some pennies to the overall price, so check with your venue beforehand!
Much like venue, prices vary for seasons. They also depend on how far in advance you are planning your special day. If you can pull off the wedding of your dreams in a few short months, try looking for cancellations at your favourite venues! Most venues would rather negotiate a lower price than miss out on business completely, giving you room for a massive saving!
The majority of wedding venues will have packages that can include anything from a glass of bubbly for the guests on arrival, to free accommodation for the newlyweds on the night. If you definitely don’t want one of these, you can ask your venue if they can exclude some items to give you a lower price.