For some the very thought of handcrafting their wedding will make their blood run cold, for others finding a venue that is a blank canvas on which to build their creativity would be a dream. However, if there’s one thing I would like to warn DIY couples against, then that would be thinking that arranging a handmade wedding is both easy and cheap. Deciding to hold and organise a homespun wedding comes with a whole new host of responsibilities and management.
Lets begin with the challenge of finding a venue that offers a blank canvas in the first place. Both myself and Jess have experienced just how difficult it is to find such a venue but, there are some great websites which can help. Coco Wedding Venues usefully narrows down the search based on the type of venue and style that you are looking for, whilst Find Your Perfect Venue is particularly useful as you can base your search on venues that specialise in DIY weddings, as well as location and style. The most obvious choice of venue for this type of event tends to be yurts, marquees and barns but don’t be too disheartened if this isn’t what you are looking for, there are some great venues out there, you just need to do that extra bit of digging to find the perfect one.
Right now lets get down to nailing that perfect venue! Use this checklist to make sure you have absolutely everything covered when planning your DIY wedding.
THINGS TO ASK THE …
♥ Do you have Liability Insurance?
♥ What will happen if my wedding is cancelled? Check the T’s & C’s!
♥ What time will you be setting up? I.e. Marquees, Tipis etc
♥ From what time will we have access?
♥ What are the noise restrictions in the area?
♥ Do you have a generator?
♥ Are there enough power points for everything that will need to be plugged in i.e. PA System, Ipod etc
♥ Will there be adequate heating or air conditioning? You may need to provide extra heaters or even air conditioning units!
♥ What are the access restrictions? Some venues will be unsuitable for larger vehicles like coaches?
♥ Does the venue have disabled access if needed? Dont forget your less able guests!
♥ What facilities are available, Car park, toilets etc. What facilities will not be available i.e. dance floor?
♥ Are we able to book outside suppliers? I.e. Bouncey Castle, Garden Games, ice cream vans?
♥ Who is responsible for lighting?
♥ Can we store decor, equipment etc in advance at the venue? Don’t forget you may need to take your own ladder as venues will not be able to provide you with these by law.
♥ Are there any items we are not permitted to use in the venue? I.e. Candles, screws, nails, glue, confetti, lanterns.
♥ Who is responsible for clearing away decorations and rubbish? Will it need to be done that night? Who should we allocate to do this? Do we need to hire in a waste removal bin? Especially if you’re doing ‘take away’ food in the evening?
♥ Do you have tables or will we need to hire this? What size are they? How many?