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On the hunt for a venue, but don’t need it to provide catering, staffing or extras? Why not go dry hire? By hiring a space as an empty shell, you’ll have the freedom to create your perfect event. Here at #tagvenue, we’re experts when it comes to dry hire venues in London. From no corkage wedding venues to grand banquet halls for hire, we can recommend something to suit your specific requirements.

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Dry hire venues are blank canvases that allow you to make a space your own. If details are your thing, then adding a personal touch by sourcing your preferred caterer, decor and so on, will really help your event stand out from the pack. It’s no secret that choosing the right space can make or break an event. And although there are venues that can cater to your every need, there are also times when a higher level of flexibility and control is preferable. Whether you’re planning a punchy product launch or big bar mitzvah bash, dry hire venues give you free reign to go with your choice of suppliers and bring your vision to life.

 

Don’t want to tie the knot in a venue where you’re obliged to use in-house catering, theming and styling? Here at #tagvenue we list a range of dry hire wedding venues, from romantic rooftop spaces in central London to charming country houses in the city’s outskirts. Looking for a dry hire wedding venue in the capital but aren’t sure where to start? Perhaps you’re after a gorgeous garden where you can set up a marquee, or maybe you’re on the lookout for a BYOB wedding venue for a bring-your-own everything DIY wedding day – no matter what you’ve got in mind, it’s easy to find your dream dry hire wedding venue with our smart venue search engine.

 

But what about the cost? One of the bonuses of hiring a dry hire venue is that costs are often reduced, especially if your event doesn’t require much catering or you’ve got a cheap catering deal elsewhere. That being said, external caterers will have less or no experience working at your chosen venue, so they’ll be unfamiliar with the layout and access restrictions, which means you’ll have to work harder to make sure things run smoothly on the day.


Things to consider when hiring a dry hire venue:

  • organising the event will be entirely down to you, with more work and potential headaches – detailed planning and good project management skills are a must

  • some venues are dry hire only, while others offer it as an option or don’t allow it at all

  • the location (north, south, east or west London) and accessibility (on-site parking, public transport connections, disabled access)

  • the atmosphere (do you need something casual, like a local bar or pub for an end-of-year Christmas party, or are you looking for something a little more formal, like a function room or town hall for a high school prom or corporate conference?)

  • historical buildings or museums can be difficult to theme without appearing tacky or over the top

 

Dry hire tips and tricks:

  • have a clear vision for your event

  • establish what is and isn’t included (check which spaces and facilities are included and what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll supply linen, cutlery and service staff)

  • check the fine print (dry hire is often much more affordable than traditional venue hire, but make sure to check any rules and restrictions before you sign the dotted line – some venues may require you to hire security of their choice or penalise you if the clean up is unsatisfactory)

 

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