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Does throwing a self-catered wedding reception sound like your cup of tea? There’s more to this idea than just being cost conscious – it’s an amazing creative opportunity as well. We’re here to give you a helping hand with organising your special day. See how fast and easy it is to find the ideal self-catering wedding venue in London with #tagvenue.

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London is full of affordable wedding venues with a self-catering option. Some of them aren’t exactly known for hosting wedding receptions, which makes them even more unique. Here are our favourite types of own catering wedding venues:

  • warehouses – these are perfect for alternative, unique weddings. Turning them into a fairy tale is easier than you think. Add light bulbs, candles, simple flowers, wooden pallets and enjoy the magic. Your creativity is the only limit.

  • art studios – blank canvas spaces like this are ideal for intimate weddings. And the best news? Lots of art studios are gorgeous both on the inside and out. It’s often because they’re located in London’s hippest districts, such as Shoreditch, Camden Town and Islington.

  • community halls – this might be the most budget-friendly option, as community centres are significantly cheaper than banquet halls or hotels. This type of self-catering wedding venue is popular in all London neighbourhoods. With #tagvenue you’re sure to find the perfect one for your wedding reception.

It’s no surprise that a self-catering wedding requires a lot of planning and preparation. Here’s how to do it flawlessly:

  • prepare checklists and spreadsheets – to put something on paper is to have it under control.

  • simplicity is the key – choose dishes that require as little preparation as possible.

  • get a little help from your friends – no matter how small your wedding, it’s always great to use some helping hands. Self-catering is based on teamwork – get to know what everyone is good at and delegate the tasks accordingly.

  • take care of the plates and cutlery – estimate the amount you’re going to need and get some extra ones just in case. Paper and plastic plates are popular for self-catering weddings, as they make the clean up afterwards much easier.

  • safety first – hosting a self-catering wedding is all about responsibility. Remember there are foods that go bad particularly quickly, such as fish, meat , avocado and most fruits. Also, keep in mind that food storage requires special care during the warmer months.

  • use seasonal produce – think asparagus appetisers in spring, strawberry Eton mess in June, and spicy pumpkin soup in autumn. Make your self-catering wedding tastier, cheaper and eco-friendly.

  • stick to the recipes you know – sure, it’s exciting to try new things, but in this case it’s less stressful to use methods you’ve already mastered. Also, get inspired by some of the dishes you’ve tried at your friends’ weddings, as your guests are sure to love them as much as you do.