Dry hire or blank canvas weddings are growing in popularity in the UK. Couples are wanting more freedom, more personalised and more unique weddings that represent them.
So, is it right for you? Read on the find out what it means, the pros and cons and some top tips when planning a dry hire wedding!
Firstly, let me explain what the term dry hire wedding means. Sometimes known as blank canvas, dry hire venues generally only include the venue space within the fee.
Therefore, items such as furniture, food and beverage, linens and other additional commodities may not be included in the cost.
There are many blank canvas venues to choose from for your wedding day. However, indoor venues are not your limit!
Dry hire weddings include marquee weddings, tipi weddings, and weddings hosted in outdoor spaces.
Therefore there are hardly any limits when it comes to planning your wedding!
As you now know, dry hire weddings can be costly! I’d recommend crunching your numbers before committing.
It’s a good idea to know what you can and can’t afford. So research potential costs of anything you may have to hire in!
Don’t forget, having an idea of guest numbers will help. More people means more furniture, food, staffing and toilets!
There are tons of wedding directories online to help you look into suppliers. I’m a big fan of the Rock My Wedding, who advocate ‘your day you way!’. Check out their directory here.
Every venue is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ list of things included.
Be sure to ask a venue everything you need to know before booking them. You can look back at your budget and see if it aligns before committing to it.
This can include everything from parking, access times, power, toilets, rubbish removal and staffing.
Whilst blank canvas venues can be fun, quirky and different and you may be sold on the aesthetics alone, take a step back and put your planner head on!
Consider the logistics of the venue, such as guest and supplier access, parking, and if this isn’t available, potential transport.
If you want a giant pink flamingo statue at your wedding, that’s absolutely fab! But ask yourself…will it fit through the doors, corridors, lifts?
There’s a lot of work involved in planning this type of wedding. If you choose to DIY, be sure to ask friends and family to lend a hand.
Give yourself and your wedding tribe enough time to complete tasks! Set up can take a surprising amount of time, and should ideally be done the day before the wedding! (See Tip 2 for access times!)
The extra work involved in planning dry hire weddings can be an overwhelming experience.
Wedding planners are experts when it comes to planning weddings in blank canvas venues and will do all of the legwork for you!
You may even want to consider one for on the day management only, so you can sit back and relax, without having to worry if that giant flamingo has turned up!