How to bag your dream wedding venue on a budget
29 Jan 2019
The team at The Italian Villa in Poole, Dorset, share the secrets to securing your perfect wedding venue while sticking to a set budget
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Financing your wedding plans is one of the biggest stresses that couples face. To plan the day that you’ve thought a lot about since you were younger, you’re probably trying to work out just how you’re going to have the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of... and all within your planned wedding budget.
But fear not, you are not alone. Thousands of couples around the country are now spending on average of more than £32,000 on their wedding. So how can you still have the wedding day you’ve always wanted on a tighter budget?
Timing is everything
It all comes down to priorities. Think about if it is more important WHERE you get married or WHEN you get married. Do you have a dream venue that you really like the look of, but you worry that the price may be prohibitive? Your venue might offer a more favourably-priced option outside of the peak summer season.
For example, The Italian Villa at Compton Acres costs around £8,500 to £9,500 for a Friday wedding in the summer season (for 75 guests, including venue hire, wedding breakfast, drinks package and your evening buffet). But, choose a Friday in January or February the following year (how about 14th February?), and you could benefit from an off-peak wedding package. The Italian Villa's off-peak wedding package includes all of the above elements for 65 guests for around half the peak package amount, at £4,300.
Size of guest list
One area that could save you a small fortune is considering your guest list carefully. Most wedding venues will have a clear minimum guest number you must cater for, even though they may be able to cater for many more. You can always invite a reduced number of guests to your full wedding day and then invite more guests for your evening party. Check if your venue offers packages which include the catering; this is almost always less expensive than paying for venue hire and catering separately.
Consider the style of your wedding venue and what is offered in terms of already-included décor. For example, The Italian Villa provides neutral-tone chair sashes on the end of each aisle in the ceremony suite, to add a touch of elegance. The venue also provides multi-coloured uplighters and glistening string lights on the ceiling in the evening party suite, plus the provision of biodegradable confetti for your guests. These touches could cost hundreds more in hire fees, so it's great to get them included at no extra cost.
Location, location, location
You need to think about the location of your preferred venue. Is there free parking? Is the venue easily accessible and nearby local transport links? Guests and the wedding party will save money on transport costs to and from the venue. Check if you’re committed to using on-site accommodation, or if you can choose this freely at nearby hotels.
Your dream wedding venue IS attainable. Compile your list of wishes and speak with the venue to see how they can help you achieve your wish list.
Check out a host of local wedding venues in Bride's Online Venue Guide.