WEDDING VENUE FAQs
Please have a read through some of the common FAQs we receive from couples. If you have any other questions (even random ones), we are happy to answer anything you need to know.
Email email@example.com, call the office on 020 7033 9006 or bring a list of questions to your site visit and we will work our way through your questions with you. Please also take a look at our comprehensive event manual for Kachette and Shoreditch Studios which can be downloaded here.
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DRY HIRE WEDDING VENUES
What is a dry hire wedding venue?
A dry hire venue or ‘dry hire wedding’ refers to hiring a venue as a blank canvas or empty space rather than an all inclusive venue hire and catering package. In a dry hire venue, you have the option to design your own bespoke wedding and work with any caterer, furniture, bar or lighting supplier. We can recommend suppliers who have worked in the venues or you can shop around and find suppliers or a caterer that fits with your vision.
Shoreditch London venues Shoreditch Studios and Kachette are both dry hire spaces. The venues do not have tables and chairs, a kitchen or wedding specific lighting on site so they need to be hired and brought in to the venue for your wedding. All wedding bookings at our venues are exclusive and we never double book dates so you will have the venue to yourself all day and evening.
Our experienced team have helped couples plan and book weddings in our dry hire wedding venues for years so are more than happy to help with any questions you have. Feel free to bring a list of questions when you come down to see the venues!
What is included with venue dry hire?
Included in Shoreditch Studios dry hire fee:
Venue hire from 9am to midnight (Late extension or early venue access available for an additional fee)
Courtyard (8pm curfew for guests)
Two green rooms (One green room can be used for the cloakroom)
PA system in Studio 1 and 2
100Mb dedicated fibre internet service (symmetrical)
Access to container for storage during live event
Venue cleaning after your wedding is also included with venue hire !
Included in Kachette dry hire fee:
Venue hire from 10am to midnight (Late extension or early venue access available for an additional fee)
Courtyard (for loading and catering only)
PA system in Studio 1 and 2
Basic lighting in Arch 1 and 2
100Mb dedicated fibre internet service (symmetrical)
Access to container for storage during live event
Venue cleaning after your wedding is also included with venue hire !
What is not included with venue dry hire?
Ceremony and reception furniture. We can help with furniture suppliers for anything you need.
BAR & BAR STAFF
We can help with hiring a bar structure and drinks supplier for your wedding. If you want to manage your own bar, you can hire in a bar structure and BYO alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks. One of your bar staff will need to have a personal licence. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our caterers to discuss a bespoke catering and bar package.
We can help with catering suppliers for anything you need, you can source your own catering supplier or you can BYO food and catering staff. Read the catering section for more info.
Lighting is extremely important and often overlooked in couples wedding budgets. Lighting sets the mood for the venue. If a venue is too bright or too dark, it will make it difficult to capture great wedding photos. Couples 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 usually cost around £1,300+VAT. This includes festoons, up-lighters, fairy lights and party lights, 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 are welcome to shop around a find a lighting supplier yourself. If the supplier you wish to use has not worked in our venue before, they will need to come down to the venue so we can advise them on working in our venue.
CIVIL CEREMONY REGISTRAR FEES
If you wish to host a legal civil ceremony in our venue, you will need to book a registrar with Hackney Council. Hackney registrars can be booked up more that 6 months in advance so please book the registrar as soon as you confirm your venue booking with us.
Waste removal is priced at £45 per large bin (+VAT). Weddings usually have 2 large bins worth of waste so the average cost for waste collection is £108 inclusive of VAT.
WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR / WEDDING PLANNER
We require all weddings to have a dedicated co-ordinator on the day. This can range from a wedding planner who is involved in your wedding preparation from the start of your wedding planning, to someone who you meet with you a couple of times before your wedding day to run through your schedule, which they will then manage on your wedding day.
The wedding co-ordinator will be responsible for managing all production, catering, bar, furniture and other suppliers on your wedding day and managing the de-rig and pack up at the end of the night. We can recommend experienced wedding planners and co-ordinators who are familiar with our venues. Having a co-ordinator will ensure you can enjoy your wedding day with your family and friends, without having to deal with any of the logistics! You may also wish to hire staff to help manage your wedding day from setting up your ceremony and reception to packing up at the end of the night.
It is advisable to use a wedding planner or co-ordinator who has worked in our venues before but if you have a wedding planner you prefer to work, they will need to come for a site recce and any production visits with your suppliers so we can brief them on working in the venue.
We provide a duty manager as part of the venue hire. They will be onsite for the duration of the wedding, and on hand for any venue-related questions or issues. Please note, the duty manager is not responsible for running the wedding itself or managing deliveries and suppliers. This is the responsibility of your wedding co-ordinator. Duty managers are on site for the duty of care for all guests at our venues, to manage any emergencies and to manage the venues security guards.
Setting up a wedding can be a lot of work. If you need extra hands to help set up your ceremony and reception, we can recommend friendly and reliable staff who have worked many weddings in our venues.
We also strongly recommend hiring staff to help packing up at the end of the night so you, your friends and family are free to enjoy your night without the stress of packing everything up.
Other staff couples hire to help on their wedding day include; toilet cleaning staff and a cloakroom assistant. Both are highly recommended.
CATERING & BAR SERVICE STAFF
If bar and catering service staff are not provided with you caterer, we can help you hire staff for this including a licensed bar manager to run your bar. As caterers are set up outside, you will require staff to serve the food inside the venue.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
All weddings and events hosted in our venues require the couple or client booking the space to have Public Liability Insurance which is equal to our venue PLI policy which is £5 million coverage.
The average cost for wedding Public Liability Insurance is between £80-£100. The price may vary based on opening hours, number of guests attending or which insurer you take out a policy with. Documentation for your public liability insurance must be given to the venue at least a week before your wedding date. Please ask if you have any questions.
SIA security is required for all events in our venues as part of our premises licence. Security must be booked directly through Shoreditch London. All weddings and events open after 8pm require three security guards on site who will be based at the exits of the venue. One SIA security guard will need to be on site 30 minutes before guests arrive. Two or three security security guards will be on site during your wedding ceremony and reception and one security guard will be required to stay back during the pack-down to ensure all guests and event staff leave the venue safely.
The average cost for SIA security at weddings is £350 to £450 + VAT (the price varies according to opening hours and guest numbers). We can quote you security costs once we know your start and finish times and guest numbers. SIA security rates will be included in your production invoice which must be paid 2 weeks from your wedding day.
HOLDING DATES & VENUE DEPOSITS
How long can we provisionally hold a date?
We can provisionally hold dates until another client enquiries about the date. When holding a date we will inform you whether you are the first pencil (1st option), or second pencil (2nd option) on that date.
We operate a first-come, first-served policy with regards to putting any pencils on dates. If you are 2nd option on a date and ready to put down a deposit and sign a contract, and the 1st option cannot do so within 24hrs, then you can secure the date.
Please note, we do not take any pencils for December dates.
What deposit do we have to pay when we confirm a date?
To secure your booking we will require a signed contract and 50% of the dry-hire fee. The dry-hire balance will be required one month before your event. Any production costs (security, waste collection, refundable damage waiver) need to be paid 14 days before your wedding day.
Do we have to pay a venue damage deposit or damage waiver?
Yes, all wedding and event bookings in our venues are required to pay a refundable damage waiver of £1500. This will be returned to you one or two working day after your wedding. If there is any damage to the venue, any deductions from your £1500 will be discussed with you then taken off your damage waiver.
Venue damage at weddings is rare but on occasion we have had minor damages to the venue like a broken bathroom mirror. Other deductions that we may take from your damage waiver are last minute expenses like an extra bar staff member that was booked on your wedding day or if there is more waste to remove from the venue than the usual two full bins.
When can we come and have a look at the venues?
Shoreditch Studios viewings are available Monday to Friday at 1:30pm for restricted lunchtime viewing, or at 6:30pm for a full viewing. The venue is not available for viewings at other times due to photographic shoots or live events taking place in the venue. We highly recommend a full viewing at 6.30pm.*
Kachette viewings are available Monday to Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm subject to venue availability.*
*Please note - Weekend viewings are not possible at either venue.
Are the venues licensed for civil ceremonies?
Yes, Shoreditch Studios and Kachette are both licensed for civil ceremonies and the service of alcohol for weddings and events.
How many guests can we invite for our ceremony?
Shoreditch Studios can accommodate up to 150 guests seated theatre style in Studio 1.
Kachette can accommodate up to 60 guests seated theatre style (with standing room for an additional 50 guests) in Arch 1, and up to 110 guests seated theatre style in Arch 2.
Do we have to pay any extra for the civil wedding ceremony?
No, Shoreditch London does not charge extra for hosting civil ceremonies. You will be required to pay Hackney Council registration fees for conducting the ceremony. Hackney registrars can be booked out more that 6 months in advance so please book the registrar as soon as you confirm your venue booking with us.
Do we have to book the registrar separately?
Yes, it is a legal requirement that you contact the Hackney Council registrar and ensure they are available to conduct a Civil Ceremony on the date you have chosen. It is recommended you apply with the Registrar at least three months before your ceremony.
More information can be found on Hackney Council’s approved premises website.
Booking a Civil Wedding Ceremony.
Contact our event team to check venue availability, discuss your wedding needs and budget, and make a provisional booking of the venue.
Complete and submit a Hackney Council registrar booking form via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Registration Services, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY. Or speak to the Hackney Ceremonies department on 020 8356 3355.
Can non-UK residents get married in the venues?
Yes, if you wish to get married or form a civil partnership in England and one or both of you are not a resident or citizen in this country, then you must first establish a residency of seven clear days within a district in England.
You will also need to make an appointment with Hackney Council before booking the venue to give notice for your marriage or civil partnership. The waiting time once you have given written notice can be up to 3 months, less for EEA citizens. Contact Hackney Council or your embassy for more details.
Can we host a humanist ceremony in the venues?
Yes, you can have a humanist ceremony in our venues. A humanist ceremony is a celebration rather than a legal ceremony. If you choose to have a humanist ceremony but also wish to be legally married, you will also need to arrange to be legally married with your local council registrar, or your local town hall.
What is the maximum seated / standing capacity for a reception?
Shoreditch Studios can accommodate 170 guests banquet style (150 guests if you would like a top table) or 120 guests cabaret style (100 guests with top table). You are also welcome to invite extra guests for the reception party. Shoreditch Studios is licensed for 350 standing guests but its advisable to keep the number of guests to around 200 -220 for a standing reception party. All entertainment (bands / DJ's) need to perform in Studio 2 which is soundproofed for late night events.
Kachette can accommodate 115 guests seated banquet style in Arch 2 (cabaret style is not suitable). Kachette is licensed to accommodate up to 330 standing guests across both arches but its advisable to keep your standing reception guest numbers to 180 in Arch 1 or 200 for a whole venue booking. This will avoid overcrowding as majority of your wedding guests will be partying in one room during the evening's entertainment.
Is it possible to get a late extension for our wedding?
Yes, both venues are licensed until midnight but late extensions are available for an additional fee for any couples planning to party past midnight. There is a fee of £300 per hour (+VAT) for each extra hour you want to stay open. We will need to apply for a temporary event notice (TEN) with Hackney Council which can take 2-4 weeks. For the TEN application, we will need contact details for any DJ's or bands performing in the venue.
Where can our DJ or band setup?
At Shoreditch Studios, your DJ or band can set up in Studio 2.
At Kachette, your DJ or band can set up in either room, Arch 1 or 2.
Are there any sound restrictions at the venue?
Studio 1 has a 82dbA sound restriction. The PA can be used for speeches and ceremony music through a mixing desk (which can be hired from us) or our Ipad (please ask if you need it). During receptions, we generally only allow live acoustic music and speeches in Studio 1 playing through the PA. We do not allow live bands or DJs to perform in Studio 1. The main party is held in Studio 2 which is sound proofed for louder music and is where live bands or DJs can perform from. The door between Studio 1 and 2 can be left open so guests have the option to move away from the load music in Studio 2 during DJ sets or live band performances.
Studio 2 has a 98dbA sound restriction. The PA can be used for bands or DJ’s. 98dbA is almost equivalent to the volume in a nightclub. The World Health Organisation advises event venues to restrict levels to under 110dbA to avoid hearing damage.
Arch 1 (the main room) has a 98dbC sound restriction. The PA in Arch 1 can be used for DJ’s, live bands or speeches. You can also play music from a phone or Ipad through the PA for your ceremony or reception. 98dbA is almost equivalent to the volume in a nightclub. The World Health Organisation advises event venues to restrict levels to under 110dbA to avoid hearing damage.
Arch 2 (the back room) has a 105dbC sound restriction. This is nightclub level volume. The PA in Arch 2 can be used for DJ’s, live bands or speeches. You can also play music from a phone or Ipad through the PA for your ceremony or reception.
Can we play music outside?
Unfortunately we do not allow live bands, Dj’s or acoustic performances in our venue courtyards during weddings or events. We used to allow acoustic performances at Shoreditch Studios but due to noise complaints from residential neighbours, we can no longer accommodate this. Kachette courtyard is only available for caterers to setup, with no guest access so the venue does not have outdoor space for playing or performing music. There is a designated smoking area under the Old Street billboards but no other space for live music or DJs to perform outside.
What times does the reception need to finish by?
Shoreditch Studios is licensed from 9am until midnight.
Kachette is licensed from 10am until midnight.
It is possible to extend the licence after midnight by applying for a Temporary Event Notice up to 3am for £300(+VAT) per hour. Please note we only have a limited amount of these applications per year so book early to guarantee a late licence extension for your wedding.
CATERING & BAR
Can we hire our own caterer?
We give couples the freedom to work with a caterer of your own choice. We can also make some suggestions and you can go for a ‘no obligation to book’ tasting with one of our recommended suppliers. Unlike some dry hire venues, we do not charge a buyout fee if you hire a caterer that is not on our recommended catering list.
Can you recommend a caterer?
Shoreditch London work with a range of preferred / recommended suppliers who regularly cater weddings in our venues and understand the spaces. Our recommended caterers offer a wide range of options; from sharing platters and street food, to more traditional 3-course sit down meals.
They can create a bespoke menu according to your suggestions and address any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Our caterers offer a range of menus from gourmet 3-course meals to street food, sharing platters, Kosher menus, vegetarian or vegan menus and Halal catering. Please ask for more information.
Do you have any example menus or catering prices ?
Every wedding in our venues is bespoke but if you tell us what you are looking for we can connect you with one of our catering partners who will be able to provide you with menus, offer you a tasting and give you a no obligation catering quote. If you are looking for a one stop for all your catering, bar, staffing and production (lighting etc) we can also provide you with a caterer and wedding planner who can manage all this for you.
Where can the caterers setup?
We have a designated catering area in the courtyard of both venues. Caterers can setup self contained catering marquee's or operate out of street food vans.
Catering marquee or street food van?
Street food weddings are popular in our venues but street food menus are rarely served from food vans at weddings due to the fact that food service from food vans is often too slow for seated meals. Your guest numbers and preferred means of food service (seated vs informal) should help you decide which catering set up is right for you. Its worth being aware of all the pros and cons of food vans before making a decision of what catering set up would work best for your wedding.
Are you having an informal reception with canapés and sharing platters served throughout the evening or a sit down meal? If you are having an informal standing reception with staggered food service and a limited food menu then a food van may be suitable. If you are having a sit down meal for over 70 people, it’s likely that a food van will not be able to cater for feeding this many guests at service time compared to a full service kitchen in a marque. There are a range of caterers that offer street food or a more comprehensive menu that can set up in a marquee at our venues.
Which ever option you choose, you will also need to also hire service staff to bring the food to guests so a food van may be similar in price to a full service caterer in a marquee once you add on staffing and service fees. Food vans can operate with self service at Shoreditch Studios during the day but in the evening, all food must be brought in by service staff as the courtyard will be closed to guests after 8pm.
Some full service caterers will provide their own powered kitchen facilities and marquee but if required, caterers can set up in our marquee. We hire a marquee and power distro for £200 (+VAT) .
If you want a sit down meal but still want to incorporate food vans into your wedding, there are a range of suppliers that can offer coffee, cocktails or prossecco from a food van, bike or portable food service vehicle. Some of these can be setup inside the venue, others can be set up outside the venue for service before and after your ceremony or between the ceremony and reception.
Do you allow cooking inside the venues?
All events in our venues are fully catered outside. We allow cold food preparation, bain-maries or food reheating inside the venues but any gas cooking or ovens are to be setup outside as there is no kitchen facilities or ducted ventilation setup indoors. The venues are located under live railways so it is a condition of our lease to not allow gas cooking inside the venues.
Does the venue provide any tables, chairs, linen, plates, glassware, cake stand etc?
Our dry hire venues do not have any of these items on site so they need to be brought in. We have a range of catering and furniture suppliers that can help with anything you need. These suppliers can provide you with obligation free quote or you are welcome to shop around and find a supplier yourself or BYO anything for your wedding you can provide.
Is there a corkage fee or a minimum spend on food or beverages?
We do not charge any corkage or buyout fees for external catering. Catering terms are subject to the conditions of your caterer.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Yes, it’s possible to provide your own alcohol. Please note the provision of alcohol on the day must be managed by someone with a Personal Licence (bar staff, not a guest).
VENUE RULES & DECORATIONS
Can we bring pets to our wedding?
Yes! Pets are welcome in our venues, as long as we get some photos .)
Can we use candles in the venues?
Yes, candles can be used inside or outside our venues. Candles can also be hung from the lighting truss. All candles must be in a jar or vessel which is higher than the tip of the flame.
Can we have an open flames in the venues?
We do allow small controlled open flames in our venues if they are required for traditional wedding ceremonies. Please discuss with our venue manager prior to the booking.
Can we have confetti or rose petals?
Yes, we allow both in our venues. Confetti can also be used outside the venue in the courtyard at Shoreditch Studios. Please use biodegradable confetti only.
Can we have helium balloons?
Yes, although they must be secured and weighted. If any balloons are let loose they can reach parts of the ceiling which are not accessible by ladder. There could be a charge involved if we need to get someone in to remove any balloons.
Can we use smoke machines in the venues?
Yes, we allow use of smoke machines or dry ice in the venues. Please discuss your plans with your production manager before your wedding day.
Are fireworks permitted?
Due to the venues being located directly under live TFL train lines, we do not allow fireworks or other explosives in or outside our venues.
Can we hang anything on the walls of the venues?
Yes, we have catenary wire on most walls in our venues to hang decorations, seating plans or menus. You are not able to drill any holes in the walls. The white walls can also be used from projecting videos or broadcasting a live video stream or Skype call with any guests who can't attend. All lighting, projectors any large or heavy decorations can be hung from the roof lighting truss.
LOGISTICS & ACCESS
From what time can we access the venue?
Shoreditch Studios can be accessed from 9am on your wedding day.
Kachette can be accessed from 10am on your wedding day.
All deliveries need to arrive during venue access times unless previously arranged. You will have storage container access where some items can be stored and delivered the previous day (if wedding date is on a Saturday).
Both venues have loading bays and on site parking for up to 3-4 cars during loading times. Large trucks can also load and drop off deliveries but all vehicles need to be off site one hour before guests arrive. Coordinate with the venue production manager and your on site event manager to confirm loading and setup times for all suppliers.
Where do we load in / out for our wedding?
Kachette has loading access and on site parking for up to 2 cars during loading times. Large trucks can also load and drop off deliveries but all vehicles need to be off site one hour before guests arrive. Coordinate with the venue production manager and your on site event manager to confirm loading and setup times for all suppliers.
Kachette's loading bay can be accessed via Drysdale Street N1 6NA. The first roller shutter on your left coming from Kingsland Road. Roller shutter dimensions: Width: 3.6m; Height: 3.5m
Is there any on site parking at the venue ?
There is no on site parking during weddings so please make sure all guests are aware and are given information on local car parks. A list of local car parks can be downloaded here.
Shoreditch Studios has an arrangement with our neighbours Amnesty International where limited secure car parks can be booked if required. Usually 2-3 car parks maximum. There is direct access from the Amnesty’s car park directly into our venues courtyard via a gate in the courtyard opposite Studio 2. There are 4 steps on Amnesty’s side of the gate. A £10 donation to Amnesty is required for each car parked. Parking in Amnesty's car park is subject to availability and the terms and conditions set out by Amnesty. Please contact our event team for more information.
When does everything need to be out of the venue?
2 hours pack-down is included with the venue hire. All caterers and external suppliers must pack-up and vacate the venue during this time. Any large items like furniture (tables / couches / seats) or bar structures must be collected that evening. This is the standard procedure with most suppliers which include delivery and collection in their hire rates.
We do allow storage of some smaller items to be left in our storage container at Shoreditch Studios or in the office at Kachette until the next working day but this is subject to space and our event schedule for that week. For more information on deliveries and collections, please email email@example.com.
Does the venue have disable access and facilities?
Shoreditch Studios has ground floor access and one access toilet facility in Studio 2.
Kachette has two steps at the Old Street entrance. Any disable patrons wishing to attend an event can call the venue or event promotor before attending and an access ramp can be hired for the event. Alternatively, ground level access can be arranged through the rear of the venue entering through the Drysdale entrance. Kachette has one access toilet facility in Arch 1.
Can you recommend any local accommodation for guests?
Yes, we have a list of local hotels which can be downloaded here. We often get special offers from hotels offering discounts for our event and wedding clients so please ask if you would like some more options.
Still have questions ?
Please enquire with your questions, call the office on 020 7033 9006 or bring a list of questions to your site visit and we will work our way through them with you.