Cheap venue cheaper wedding?

What is a cheap venue price? £1,000? £3,000, £5,000? £10,000? For most weddings, the venue is the single largest expense. Wedding groups and forums are full of brides asking “Why are venues so expensive?” or “Where can I find a venue for under £3,000?” The thing is, while a low venue price can seem attractive, it can also be misleading.

Why is a cheap venue cheap?

Venues where hire for weddings is not the main source of income for the business are often cheaper and can be fabulous. Pubs with a function rooms, community halls or barns on working farms. Hotels or venues with high through-put can also be cheaper as they enjoy economy of scale. Venues with year-round costs (grounds and animals, for example) or venues that host fewer weddings are likely to be more expensive. When comparing venues, it is important to look at the total cost with all the extras included (even if hired separately). But there is more to comparing venues than simply adding up the numbers. Some things to think about:

  1. Ambience. Is there a wow factor? Will your guests remember the experience?
  2. Package. What is included? Do you have to spend time and money on a marquee, toilets, generator, staff, tables, chairs, tableware, cutlery, decorations, catering, mobile bar, DJ/disco etc.
  3. Ceremony. If the venue is not licensed, where will you get married? How will you and your guest travel from the ceremony to the reception venue?
  4. Exclusivity. Will anyone else be onsite on your special day?
  5. Customisation. Can you decorate the venue as you want to?
  6. Corkage. Can you bring your own alcohol for free? Do you have to use the venue bar? Can you bring in a mobile bar?
  7. Catering. Are you required to use in-house catering at additional expense?
  8. Accommodation. Is there accommodation for you or your guests? Is it included in the price?
  9. Parking. Is there sufficient parking space for your guests? Is it near to the venue?
  10. Uniqueness. Is there anything special about the venue? Glorious views, outdoor spaces, quirky accommodation, animals or something else.

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See also our free budget planner template and how much does a DIY wedding cost.

When to Choose a Cheap Venue

If you are on a tight budget it is definitely worth looking for a cheap venue as there are bargains to be found. According to Hitched, you can plan an amazing wedding for £3,000. And remember that the average cost of a UK wedding in 2018/2019 was £16,000 as reported in Bridebook’s 2020 UK Wedding Report. Anything under £15,000 could be considered cheap.

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Does a Cheap Venue Mean a Cheaper Wedding?