Dry Hire Wedding Venues

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As a wedding planner based in Essex surrounded by an ever increasing variety of dry hire wedding venues.   I have witnessed a steady rise in couples choosing to go down the dry hire route, with most engaged couples attracted to this option because of the creative and financial flexibility they offer.

In simple terms dry hire refers to the hire of the venue space only.  Therefore, you are hiring a blank canvas in which you will be hosting your ceremony, reception or both.  For any couple choosing this option they will at first be excited by the challenge of creating a unique celebration which they can share with their family and friends. However, the task of organising such a wedding can soon start to become overwhelming.  Especially as you will have no venue co-ordinator to prompt or advise you when making the important decisions that could make or break your special day.

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The key point to remember when working with a dry hire venue is to assume nothing.  Therefore, before making your final decision ensure that you have received a detailed list from the venue, confirming what is included within their hire charge.  In some cases facilities such as power, water, heating and toilets may not be included.

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Another important point to consider before committing to a dry hire venue is your budget.  Whilst at first glance a dry hire venue can seem considerably cheaper than a standard wedding venue.  In reality once additional costs such as catering, catering equipment, furniture hire, bar hire, decoration and staff to name a few have been added to your budget the cost will soon start to increase.

When planning a wedding within a dry hire venue, building a reliable team of suppliers who have experience in working with dry hire venues will assist you immensely.  In fact, they will probably be able to offer assistance on points that you may not have considered, such as gaining access to set up and clear down your belongings and applying for any licences that may be required.


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Whilst dry hire venues offer increased flexibility, due to the number of elements you will need to consider they also require an increased amount of planning hours, so please remember to delegate.  Involving family and friends with your wedding preparations is a great way of making your nearest and dearest feel part of your special day as well as providing valuable support to you.

Finally, if you love the idea of hiring a dry hire venue, but in reality you do not have the time to dedicate to such an important and time consuming task, why not consider investing in a wedding planner?  Most planners will be able to offer a variety of planning services allowing you to chose exactly when you require their assistance. For example, you may decide that you would prefer to draw upon a wedding planners experience throughout the planning of your wedding, in which case Full Planning would be most suited to your requirements.  Alternatively, you may chose to work with a planner as you approach the countdown to your wedding, which will allow a wedding planner to help bring all your plans together and co-ordinate your special day.

If you are planning your wedding within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire and feel that you could benefit from working with a wedding planner, please do get in touch.  I would love to discuss your plans with you and work out how I can assist you in the planning of your big day.

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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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