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The Friday Fight-Out: Wedding-Ready Venue Vs Transform a Space

Earlier this week we revisited a post all about the things to look out for when trying to transform a less-than-ready-made space into a suitable venue to host a wedding, and today we’d like to take a look at the bigger question: is it a good idea to try to transform a space for your wedding or is it best to go for a ready-made wedding space?

Time to put it to the debate!


In the Red Corner, arguing for a wedding-ready-venue as the best choice for your day, she’s worked in every kind of venue from custom creations to the most well-trodden wedding venues, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, making the case for transforming any space into your perfect wedding venue, with a background in technical events services and transforming venues including his own wedding venue to his name, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Wedding-Ready Venue Vs Transform a Space


Dom: Transforming a space into a wedding venue that isn’t supposed to be can be incredibly difficult (and expensive) to do. It may start out cheaper to hire a village hall or empty space than a ready-made venue but by the time you have bought or hired all of the decorations you need to transform it along with potentially hiring a team of professionals to assist you it may end up far pricier than just using a venue that’s already fully equipped.

Matt: Transforming a venue doesn’t have to be expensive, even simple use of a little fabric and string or a change in the way the venue is lit can go a long way toward completely changing the appearance of a space and, depending on how elaborate your plans are, it is possible to make it considerably cheaper than hiring a specialist wedding venue.

Dom: The time and effort involved in transforming a venue can be huge, particularly if you’ve never attempted anything similar before. You may need to enlist a team of helpers and hire the space for additional days before and after the wedding to prepare the space and that time commitment both from your side and that of the venue is often simply impossible.

Matt: But the process of transforming your venue with the help of your family and friends is part of the whole fun of the occasion and makes it even more your own. Having access to the venue before and after the wedding means that you effectively get to extend your day with additional events.

Dom: There are so many more things that can go wrong using a space that isn’t normally a wedding venue and that can add a lot more stress to the day.

Matt: Transforming a venue allows you to truly give it your own spin, to inject your own style and personality into your space and have it exactly the way you want it to be.

Dom: Venues that normally cater for weddings have experienced staff who know exactly how everything should work and how to deal with any problems to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Matt: But venues sometimes have quite a set or restrictive way of doing things and you may be forced to abide by their rules, follow their schedules, even use their own suppliers, taking a lot of the control of your day out of your hands.

Dom: If you have taken control of every detail of your day including organising everything from the decoration to the catering then if there are any problems then you are the contact and the person responsible for everyone, whereas if the venue is taking care of things then you can just relax and enjoy your day.

Matt: Creating your own custom venue is so much more memorable, so much more unique and will create even more memories that you will truly never forget. You’ll never be invited back to the same venue for someone else’s wedding where everything looks the same, it will always be your place.


So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Transform a space or use a wedding-ready space, place your vote in our poll or leave a comment to join the debate!

Wedding-Ready Venue Vs Transform a Space
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