There’s no denying that the landscape of UK weddings is changing at lightning speed and for our wedding planners, that’s bloody amazing! As couples seek to plan and design a wedding that is personal, authentic and unique, there’s a definite move away from planning a traditional wedding in a venue that offers traditional wedding packages. Instead, couples planning a wedding are moving towards securing a dry-hire wedding venue that offers them the complete flexibility plan and design the wedding from their wildest dreams.
At One Curious Dream, we specialise in planning weddings in dry-hire venues, the vast majority of our weddings are planned in dry-hire venues or spaces which can be hired for tipi weddings or marquee weddings. So what is a dry-hire wedding and what do you need to know about planning a wedding in a dry-hire venue?
In a nutshell, planning a dry-hire wedding, essentially means you are hiring a blank shell of a building or space, you’ll simply be granted access to the venue and from there, the rest is up to you! Anybody that is looking to create a dry-hire wedding venue understand the volume of work involved as you’ll need to think about every single aspect – from hiring in the tables and chairs through to sourcing catering equipment, generators and lighting. Planning a wedding in a dry-hire venue is a huge undertaking and not for the faint-hearted! Here are some key pointers to help you on your way!
Don’t assume there will be cost-savings
Lots of couples planning a dry-hire wedding in the UK assume that this will be a cheaper option than booking a wedding with a traditional wedding venue who offer wedding packages – it isn’t! As I mentioned above, not only will you have to pay for the actual dry-hire wedding venue, you’ll also need to hire in every single element to make your wedding work on a practical level.
Having said that, not being tied into traditional wedding packages means you have the flexibility to select the UK wedding suppliers you would like to work with and this gives a great opportunity to negotiate and refine your requirements. Opting for a bbq or food trucks, for example, could be more cost-effective than paying a pp price at a traditional wedding venue.
Well, not exactly free BUT, the majority of dry-hire wedding venues don’t charge corkage so there’s a great opportunity to save some cash in your wedding budget here. Popping across the channel to the wine warehouses in France could save a fortune and similarly, places like Majestic wine in the UK offer some great deals on wedding wine.
Really important this one, when discussing options with your chosen dry-hire wedding venue, it’s really important that you have a clear understanding of what is being contractually offered. At the very least, you’ll need to understand when you’ll have access to the venue to set up (there’s a whole lot of work involved in setting up for a dry-hire wedding!) and when you need to have the site clean and clear as well.
Most dry-hire wedding venues operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy which means you will take responsibility for ensuring the dry-hire venue is returned in the same condition in which you received it and that all rubbish and personal effects are removed.
Also, ensure you have a clear understanding of which parts of the dry-hire venue you have access too, many of these spaces are private homes so it’s likely that there will be areas of the site which are excluded.
This one is critical! Planning a dry-hire wedding incurs far more risk than choosing a standard wedding package with a traditional wedding venue. As you are hiring all of your wedding suppliers, the responsibility for ensuring they deliver the goods or services lays firmly with you as the client. So, do ensure that you have contracts in place with both the wedding venue and every single one of your wedding suppliers so you know exactly what they are agreeing to provide.
Also, ensure that each of these wedding suppliers are reputable businesses (you can read more about choosing your wedding suppliers here) and that each can demonstrate they have the correct insurances and certification in place.
Now for the exciting part – let your imagination run wild! Choosing a dry-hire wedding venue offers you the opportunity to design the wedding of your dreams, there’s no nasty ‘one size fits all’ packages here! Get on Pinterest and social media for wedding ideas and inspiration and start to design the most beautiful, unique, authentic wedding.
As expert UK dry-hire wedding planners, we’d love to help you plan and design an incredible wedding! If you’d like to have a chat with our wedding planners, please don’t hesitate to reach out on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org