Should I Organise My Own Wedding or Choose a Wedding Venue Package?

This is a question every bride and groom will ask themselves at some point in their wedding planning...

There are lots of ways to organise your wedding, but most are either:

  1. Choosing a wedding venue or hotel where you buy into their packages, or
  2. Organising everything yourselves - No packages at all.

Both of these options have their advantages and disadvantages... but if you want your wedding to be unique and perfectly suited to you as a couple – we think the independent route is the way to go!

Why?....
Let’s explore a few reasons why you might want to go down the independent wedding route:

1. The Food

We are slightly biased here, but we think that this is the BIGGEST benefit of organising your own wedding. Most hotels or wedding venues will have food included in your package, and most will make you choose from a pre-set menu.

We think this is a real shame! Food at your wedding should be inspired by the bride and groom, flavoursome and full of fresh, seasonal ingredients. By organising your wedding independently, you can choose caterers that you trust and have your very own menu prepared… of course Kemp and Kemp Catering come highly recommended!

2. No Time Pressures

Wedding Venues and Hotels often need to get as many brides and grooms through the door as possible. Sometimes they have multiple weddings going on at the same time and there is a risk that you may even meet another bride on your trip to the loo!

Independent Wedding Venues usually have a more relaxed feeling to them with no time pressures. If you are having a marquee wedding for example, it’s usually set up on a Thursday ready for your Saturday wedding, with no big rush to strike down afterwards.

3. Drink

Hotels and wedding venues are renowned for extortionate drinks prices. You’ll often find guests hanging around the bar, complaining about the cost of their pint. Some may allow you to take your own wine (lovingly imported from France last summer!), but will charge you an average of £15 corkage per bottle… yes £15 to pop and pour!

When we (Kemp and Kemp) work at Independent venues, we simply don’t have these charges. We’ll happily pop and pour your drinks – WITHOUT charge. This makes for a big saving on your drinks bill and potentially a very wild party indeed!

4. The Rules

When you are handing over a very large sum of money to a hotel or wedding venue, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be very happy about the list of rules you receive in return. ‘No check in before 3pm’, ‘Out by 10am’, ‘No music after 11pm’ are some of the common rules. If you are using an independent wedding venue – especially a marquee… you can make the rules!

5. Costs and Project Management

We won't pretend that the Independent Wedding option is the cheapest route (although village halls make brilliant venues and really ARE cheap), and whichever way you look at it, this type of wedding involves lots of hard work! It’s likely that you’ve not had to co-ordinate a wedding before and it may seem daunting, but if you choose suppliers that specialise in Independent Weddings (like us) – you will be helped along. We provide our brides and grooms with masses of helpful tools and checklists to make sure the day runs smoothly. We promise that the costs and effort involved in an Independent wedding will result in your perfect day!

Sounds good – how do I make an independent wedding happen?

For nearly 10 years now, we have been running a website for wonderful Independent Wedding Venues. From marquees to barns, village halls and even caves – there is an huge selection of venues that will make your day amazing!

Of course, if you choose to go down the independent route – you don’t need to look any further than this website for your wedding catering! We are winners of the Title ‘Wedding Caterer of the Year’ for the West Midlands for 5 years running! Get in touch to see how we can help on your big day.

But don’t take our word for this.. read our testimonials and see what a host of independently- minded brides and grooms have to say about us… be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons!