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Dry hire wedding venues in London are like empty shells that give you the freedom to make a space your own. If details are your thing, then adding a personal touch by sourcing your own caterer, tables, chairs and so on, will make your event really memorable. Dreaming of a bring-your-own-everything DIY wedding day? Don’t want to tie the knot in a venue where you’re obliged to use in-house catering, theming and decorations? Then a dry hire wedding venue might be right for you. 

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Dry Hire Wedding Venues Hire Guide

Looking for a dry hire wedding venue in London but not sure where to start? Here at Tagvenue, we list hundreds of dry hire wedding venues, from cheap and cheerful spaces in north London to edgy blank canvas venues in east London.

Don’t want to say “yes” in a venue that urges you to go with their usual ideas? Do it your own way! Choose a unique dry hire wedding reception venue that'll wow your guests, like a museum, garden or charming country house. Sounds exciting? We love dry hire wedding venues too! Have a look at our favourite dry hire wedding venue types:

  • Photo studios. Seems boring? It’s far from it! Many photo studios in London boast interesting interior designs. Think of these set in railway arches, adapted warehouses or stunning historical buildings. These unique spaces make a wonderful backdrop for special celebrations – and obviously, as photo studios, they’re amazingly photogenic as well!

  • Community halls. A favourite for those on a budget, community spaces has great potential to be transformed into stunning wedding reception spaces. Most of these are conveniently located and can be easily customised according to your needs. Looking for a dry hire wedding venue that’s truly versatile and affordable? This is the perfect choice for you!

  • Outdoor venues. If you’re organising your reception in the summer, why not take advantage of the good weather? London is full of rooftops with impressive views, beautiful courtyards hidden within the city and secret gardens. We know where to find the prettiest ones – and get the best rates on them!

Organising a dry hire wedding requires a bit more effort, but it’s well worth it! To make it easier and less stressful for you, we’ve listed a couple of handy tips for you:

  • Start by figuring out what is (and what isn’t) included in the dry hire. Check which on-site facilities you’re allowed to use, for example, the furniture, A/V equipment or cutlery.

  • Don’t forget to check if the venue provides service staff. You’ll surely need some people to help you out!

  • From the decor ideas and canape menu to telephone numbers and expenses, write everything down. This will make it easier to keep track of all the planning.

  • Browse dry hire wedding venues on the #tagvenue website to get inspiration. We only list the best spaces in London, so we’re sure you’ll stumble upon some good ideas!

Dry Hire Wedding Venues in London FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a dry hire wedding venue in London?

Dry hire wedding venues in London can be a great choice for couples who are on a budget but want to have their ceremony and reception in one place. The cost of hiring a dry hire wedding venue in London depends on several factors, especially the location’s capacity (how many people it can hold either standing or sitting). For example, if you want to host your wedding at a dry hire venue that holds 100 people, you could expect to pay between £850 - £2,000+ per session. If you want to host your wedding at a dry hire venue that holds more than 300 people, you will likely find prices between £4,500 and £7,000+ per session. (All data from Tagvenue.)

Which parts of London are the best for a dry hire wedding venue?

London is home to hundreds of dry hire wedding venues, so it can be a little overwhelming when you're looking for the perfect place to host your big day. The best way to find the perfect dry hire venue is by narrowing down your search based on your location. In London, we recommend starting with these neighbourhoods:

  • Kensington. The area around Kensington is home to some of the best dry hire wedding venues in London. It is known for its historic buildings, which make it perfect for a traditional wedding ceremony or reception. You can also find plenty of restaurants in this neighbourhood that are perfect for hosting your post-wedding celebrations.
  • Chelsea. The area around Chelsea Rail Station is another great option for your big day. This neighbourhood is known for its rich history, which can be seen in the many historic buildings and monuments. We recommend choosing a dry hire venue in this area to get the best of both worlds: a modern space that is enhanced by traditional architectural features.
  • Fulham. If you’re looking for a classic wedding venue, then you should consider Fulham as your top option. This neighbourhood is known for its many beautiful parks and gardens that are perfect for holding an outdoor ceremony or reception. You can also find plenty of hotels in this area that will provide some additional accommodation options if you need them.

How can I save money on a wedding in London?

London is a beautiful city, but it can be very expensive. If you're planning a wedding there, it's important to keep your budget in mind. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can save money on your wedding in London! Here are some ideas:

  • Try renting a dry hire venue. If you're planning a low-budget wedding or just want to cut down on your costs, try renting a dry hire venue. Dry hire means that you have access to the space—usually, a hall, ballroom or garden—but won't have to pay for food and drink.
  • Look into local suppliers. If you're planning a wedding in London, it's worth doing some research into local suppliers. For example, if you want your cake to be made by a local baker, ask around for recommendations. You might also look for local florists and photographers who can help make your day special but who don’t charge fees that will stretch your budget.
  • Use DIY projects for your wedding decor. For example, you can make flower arrangements yourself or find a local craft market where you can buy wedding decorations. You could also use family heirlooms for your centrepieces. You can also save money by choosing a venue that has a lot of natural lighting—this will help you keep costs down on flowers and candles.
  • Have your wedding at an off-peak time. Many people get married in the summer, and this can be expensive. If you'd like to cut down on costs, consider having your wedding in late spring or early autumn. You should also try to avoid weekends if possible; they tend to cost more than weekdays.

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