The Cost of a Wedding Venue

Cost is always going to be a consideration when choosing your wedding venue. 

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Your chosen wedding venue will set the tone for your entire wedding day, and, it will more than likely take up the largest percentage of your wedding budget. There are so many things to think about when it comes to you your wedding venue search, but this article has been designed to help inform you when it comes to the different types of wedding venues available and what you can expect to pay for when it comes to the overall wedding venue cost

Popular Styles of Wedding Venues

Every couple is different, therefore, there are dozens of different types of wedding venues available across the UK and further afield to suit anyone and everyone. 

Nowadays, you can pretty much have anything you want when it comes to a wedding venue. In the UK, most couples love the idea of a country house wedding venue, a barn-style wedding venue, a mansion wedding venue or a historic wedding venue. English country garden marquee weddings are also a popular choice during the summer months, as are outdoor weddings where possible. If as a couple you both love sport, then a sporting ground wedding venue could be a great option. A landmark wedding venue would certainly be impressive and a coastal wedding venue could guarantee you some incredible views. Wedding venues in the city might be convenient in terms of transport links and if you want to feel like royalty, then a castle wedding venue could be fun. If you’ve always dreamed of a marquee wedding in your parent’s back garden, then that could always be an option too! When it comes to finding the right venue however, think about what time of year you’d like to get married and how each wedding venue style might work in terms of outdoor wedding photography, what the weather might be like and how easy the wedding venue is to find when thinking about your guests. First things first however, you'll need to work out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding venue before starting your physical search.

Cost: Top Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Guest List 

The number of guests you invite to your wedding will have a big effect on the style of wedding venue you need to hire. If you’re thinking of having a smaller wedding then it wouldn’t be worth seeing a venue with a larger minimum capacity than you plan on inviting, as this will ultimately add to your cost straight away. If you’re planning on inviting a lot of people to your wedding then choosing a wedding venue that can hold everyone comfortably is a must. 


It might be worth calling your potential wedding venue list in order to get a rough idea of costings before you pay them a visit. If the quote you’re given is way above your wedding budget then its probably not worth going to visit the venue. If it is slightly over budget then we would suggest that it is worth going to see it; you may be able to re-adjust other parts of your wedding budget in order to make your dreams come true. 


Location is a huge thing to consider when choosing your wedding venue; not only for you as a couple, but for your wedding guests as well. Consider choosing a wedding venue that is surrounded by good roads, and/or transport links, has accommodation on-site or nearby, and parking. If you think it might cost your guests a lot of money to get to your wedding venue then you might want to re-consider. 

What Might Be Included in the Wedding Venue Cost? 

When it comes to budgeting for your wedding venue, ensure you know exactly what is included in the price. Below is an example of what you might expect to receive within the cost of hiring a wedding venue: 
Wedding venue hire / Exclusive wedding venue hire 
Set up of the wedding venue (unless you’re hiring an empty wedding venue where everything is DIY) 
Post-ceremony drinks with canapés
Three course meal with wine, water, coffee
Drinks for the toast during the speeches 
Evening buffet (where applicable)
Bedrooms (if hiring an exclusive use wedding venue)

On top of the above, you will obviously need to hire your wedding suppliers, buy your wedding dress/grooms attire, pay for registrar fees if you’re having a civil wedding ceremony, include the cost of your honeymoon and we would always recommend buying wedding insurance as soon as you start spending money on your wedding. 

Wedding Venue Cost: Conclusion

At Bijou we often meet couples who are at the start of their planning process and say things like “If we can’t afford a venue we’re just going to hire a marquee, get a caterer and organise it all ourselves”. Admirable, we say, but actually this option will more than likely end up being more expensive than the venue you thought you couldn’t afford in the first place, once you gather all of the true costs together and add them up. We suggest checking out your dream wedding venue first and seeing if there is room to adjust your wedding budget or even extend your wedding planning process in order to be able to afford it.