Your wedding venue hire will be the biggest expense on your wedding day, with the average wedding venue costing between £4,000 and £6,000.
If you’re looking for affordable wedding venues near you, there are some simple tips and tricks that can vastly reduce this cost – and all it takes is being smart with the day and month of your wedding. Typically your wedding venue is one of the first things you should book on your wedding checklist, which means you should start researching as soon as possible to ensure that you get your dream venue on a date that works for you at the best price.
If you’re looking to save money on your wedding venue, this advice is invaluable and could save you hundreds (even thousands) of pounds!
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How Can I Save Money on My Wedding Venue?
There’s lots of little ways you can save money on your wedding venue, such as choosing a venue with no corkage, but without question the biggest way to save money is to be clever with your wedding date.
Everyone wants to marry on a Saturday in August, which means venues are in high demand and can push up the price of their venue hire. The way around this is to book a wedding date that is either in the low season or midweek. Here’s what we mean by that:
Low Season Weddings
“Wedding season” runs from May to October, with the most popular months to get married being July and August. The summer months, when the weather is (supposedly) nicest, will be the most expensive to book, so if you choose a wedding date from November to April, you could save yourself big bucks. Narrow it down even further and a December, January, February or March date will be the cheapest to book.
Here’s an example: the beautiful Cripps Barn has a hire price of £8,050 on a Saturday in August 2023, but a Saturday in February 2023 is £4,050. That’s a saving of £4,000 just by choosing a low-season date!
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On top of your venue being cheaper, suppliers will often be cheaper too as they’re in less demand and you can negotiate a good price. Many photographers will offer cheaper rates in the low season, as will wedding caterers, hair and make-up artists, DJs and car hire. You could save yourself a huge amount across your wedding budget by being date savvy.
Now, we know you might have your heart set on a summer barn wedding, but you’ll need to be flexible if that doesn’t work with your budget. That doesn’t mean having any less amazing of a wedding, it just means being more creative.
You might dismiss certain venues at certain times of year, such as a barn in winter, because you assume it might be chilly, but this often isn’t the case. Speak to individual venues to see what facilities they have on offer as most are set up to offer the same level of service and experience year-round.
A barn or marquee, for example, might have heaters inside, a fire pit outside to keep the smoking area toasty (which could double as a great s’mores making area!), and be able to provide blankets and mulled wine to keep guests warm as the party continues. Who wouldn’t love that! Inside they’ll have their own gorgeous Christmas decorations set up which could save you on decor, a win-win.
Like low-season weddings, getting hitched on a Monday to Thursday is considerably cheaper than weekend weddings because there’s less demand for them.
The downside to a midweek wedding is that your guests will need to take a day off work and younger guests would need to take a day off school. You could work round this by choosing a midweek date during school holidays. For example, Tuesday 21st February 2023 at Cripps Barn is just £2,000 for venue hire – compare that to the £8,050 for a Saturday in August!
Not only will a popular venue be cheaper if you host it on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, it’s more likely to be available.
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As guests will have to take time off, a midweek date best suits a more intimate-sized wedding. If only close family and friends are coming, a small wedding venue would suit you perfectly. If you want something more informal, then a pub wedding venue could be right for you.
If having a midweek wedding isn’t feasible, then often you can still get a saving on a Friday or Sunday wedding date. When you’ve found a few wedding venues near you that you like, get quotes from each of them and compare.
That’s right, even the time of day you marry can save you money. A morning wedding followed by a brunch or lunch means that a venue can also host an afternoon/evening do and they can do you a good deal. If you aren’t that interested in having a DJ and afterparty and would much rather just do a nice meal with friends and family, a morning wedding might be ideal.
Other Wedding Dates To Avoid
As well as a Saturday in wedding season, there are other dates worth avoiding. We’ve put together a huge list of wedding dates you should avoid from now until 2023, which includes Easter weekends and bank holidays when demand is also high. Compare your potential wedding date to this to see if there’s a clash.
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However, this can also work in your favour! If you’re not a superstitious bride, how about a Friday the 13th date? Lots of couples think it’s bad luck to marry then but, if you don’t believe that, a Friday the 13th date could save you thousands.
How Much Can I Save on My Wedding Venue?
Here are just a few examples of how much money you can save by choosing a midweek or low season wedding date; you can find lots more on our wedding venue special offers page.
The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Warwickshire
Getting married on Friday 13th won't seem so unlucky when you check out this money saving offer by The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel near Stratford-Upon-Avon. They're offering 13% off the final price of your wedding invoice for any wedding date that falls on Friday 13th.
Battersea Park, South West London
Your guests won't believe it if you say you're getting hitched in Battersea Park, but with this sweet deal your dreams can become reality. If you book a package between November and March you'll receive 20% off.
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Wotton House, Surrey
One nights’ stay for the newlyweds in the romantic Wotton House is included in their super Sunday deal. Their winter wedding offer of £10,500 in January or February 2022 with a minimum of 70 guests also gives you a chance to get your hands on this in-demand venue for much less.
Pelham House, East Sussex
In the heart of the charming town of Lewes sits Pelham House. For any remaining dates up to 31st March 2022, they have an offer of £250 off weddings Monday to Wednesday and £500 off bookings Thursday or Sunday. Those extra pounds saved could go towards your honeymoon fund!
The Orangery at Goldney House, Bristol
This grand wedding venue is one of the finest in Bristol, but it doesn’t have to be outside your budget. You can get 21% off venue hire with The Orangery at Goldney House's autumn wedding package from September to November 2021.
Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey
The largest vineyard in England is a unique setting for your wedding. The atrium and garden room at Denbies Wine Estate would look beautiful lit with candles and fairy lights if you took advantage of their New Year wedding deal of £75 per person in January and February 2022.
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