Tips To Manage Your Wedding Expenses

Planning your wedding? With more couples looking for a unique space to host their wedding ceremony and reception, dry hire venues have become a popular choice. Booking a dry hire venue is also one of the best ways to manage every aspect of your wedding budget and keep your wedding costs down. Read our top tips for managing your wedding expenses below.

Image: Andy Gaines

Image: Andy Gaines

Unlike traditional wedding reception venues or hotels that only provide wedding packages, Shoreditch London's dry hire venues Shoreditch Studios and Kachette are flexible 'blank canvas' spaces, every wedding is unique and bespoke. 

Once your wedding date is confirmed and booked, the date is yours. We never double book our venues. Yours is also the only wedding in the venue on the day so you have time to set up in the morning and have exclusive use of the venue into the night.

Want to party past midnight? No problem, we will apply for a temporary event notice with Hackney Council and you can extend your opening hours for an additional fee. We also include two hours pack-down as part of your dry hire booking. 

You are not restricted to use our suppliers or caterers and there is no corkage, no buyout. You can shop around to find the right caterer, bar supplier, furniture company or wedding entertainment to fit your budget and your personal taste. We can also put you in touch with our recommended suppliers who know the venues and have worked on previous weddings with us. 

Our venues are welcoming to all couples, wheelchair accessible and have access toilet facilities. Enquire now to start planning your wedding in one of our stunning railway arch warehouse venues. 


Our experienced events team are happy to help with anything you need for your wedding and we are transparent with our dry hire rates, security costs, venue extras and booking terms from your initial enquiry so there are no nasty surprises.

Once we know your guest numbers, opening hours and an estimate on your total wedding budget, we can sit down with you and work out the best options for your budget and offer you a comprehensive breakdown of your dry hire and production invoices with VAT included. 

We can also share money saving ideas from previous weddings hosted in our venues. You may also find some wedding inspiration on our Pinterest boards or check our 40 best Shoreditch Weddings


Budget Saving Tip #1:

Host your ceremony and reception in the same venue. You save on transport and your wedding guests and family only have to commute to one venue.


Budget Saving Tip #2

Half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it's costing you £100 per person, removing one table of 10 can save you £1,000.


After venue hire, catering is often the next biggest expense for your wedding day. If you’re struggling to find a venue that offers an affordable per-head catering cost, our flexible dry hire venues are the answer. We welcome couples to shop around for caterers to find the best deal.

Finding the perfect cater for your wedding may require some research and a few tasting sessions but is worth it so you can enjoy your first meal as a married couple and not send yourself broke paying for it. 

Up in my grill catering at shoredtch studios

Up in my grill catering at shoredtch studios

We have been hosting weddings at our venues for 12 years so if you don't have a caterer in mind, ask us to connect you with our recommended caterers who will offer you a great deal and have years of experience catering weddings in our venues. 

Our recommended caterers offer a range of menus from silver service three course meals and gourmet sharing platters to popup street food vendors. There are many other cost effective catering options too.

Fancy a pizza truck or summer BBQ at your wedding? Street food vans are a popular choice for couples who choose to focus their budget elsewhere, like finding a decent wedding DJ or hiring an award winning wedding photographer. 

After all, it's not always the food which will be remembered long after the wedding reception is over. For food buffs, feel free to go all out with your gastronomic menus but keep in mind that every guest you plan to feed and provide drinks for can drastically increase your catering budget. 

Why not invite extra guests after the wedding breakfast and keep the meal for your must have wedding guests?


Lighting is extremely important and often overlooked in couples wedding budgets. Lighting sets the mood for the venue and if a venue is too bright or too dark, it will make it difficult to capture great wedding photos. Wedding clients usually book a range of dimmable lighting to create different moods throughout the evening and reception party. This includes festoons, up-lighters, fairy lights and some party lighting in Studio 2.

Lighting packages in our venues usually cost around £1,300+VAT including lighting, crew, delivery, collection, install and de-rig. Our lighting suppliers can provide you with a no obligation quote for any lighting you need or you can shop around a find a lighting supplier of your own choice.

Wedding Planner

If you have reached this point and a dry hire or DIY wedding sounds like too much work for you and your partner, consider using a wedding planner. The Wedding Arrangers have years of experience working in our venues. They can look after your catering, bar, staffing, furniture, lighting, deliveries, event management and also advise on all the other wedding necessities including photography, flowers, entertainment or table settings. 

They work regularly in our venues with some fantastic caterers and can also provide great options for drinks. They're a 'one stop shop' for weddings. Please ask Andrew Clawson or Tom Pardhy to refer you with The Wedding Arrangers team for the best rates.

Any Questions ?

Visit our wedding page to find out more information on booking our venues. Read through the FAQ's which tells you how to secure your wedding date or book your registrar with Hackney Council. We also have a comprehensive event manual on each venue which includes a full suppliers list and venue specifications.

Ready to book a site visit or have any other questions? Get in touch with the Shoreditch London team on 020 7033 9006 or enquire now to find out more about hosting your wedding in one of our stunning railway arch venues.