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The all-in £3000 wedding at Wetherspoons

In Venues on March 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm

The £3,000 wedding at Knights Templar Wetherspoons

The £3,000 wedding at Knights Templar Wetherspoons

Wetherspoons is not a destination synonymous with weddings. Some would say it is, ahem, more known for lager louts and beer swilling. However, in the midst of a recession that has Mervyn King shaking in his boots, it suddenly seems a glorious idea.

For £3000 you can have an all-inclusive wedding for one hundred guests at the surprisingly picturesque Knights Templar, London.

The ultimate pub wedding venue

The ultimate pub wedding venue

For your money you get:

• exclusive use of the venue – Sat until 1am; Sun until midnight.

• three-course sit-down meal or buffet for 100 people.

• sparkling wine for the toast (up to 100 guests).

• wine on the table – Coldwater Creek wine to accompany the meal.

• table decorations.

• post-meal capacity for 300 people.

• live DJ (or you can arrange your own or a live band, at your cost).

• a wedding host.

• assistance with booking discounted rates at top local hotels.

Surprisingly atmospheric inside

Surprisingly atmospheric inside

Not bad for three grand

Not bad for three grand


How to get a cheap venue

In Venues on January 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

1. Have some imagination, ladies. There are thousands of places other than Tudor mansions to get married. Pubs, boats  like HMS Belfast, museums, sports venues, spas, farms and school halls have their own charm. sciencemuseumballoon

The Science Museum.

2. Don’t pay corkage. There’s no point getting a cheap venue, which then sodomises you on the corkage. Here’s some no corkage venues:

London Canal Museum, Kew Steam Museum,York House (Twickenham), Hylands House (Essex), Dodmoor House (Northamptonshire), Longstowe Hall, Netherwitchendon House. Plus a place called Orchard Leigh in Somerset has low corkage.

3. Go gay. Gay-friendly venues tend to be cheaper and are often more interesting.

Gay-friendly venues

4. Get married on a weekday. Obviously no one will come, and they wont drink as much because they’ve got work  the next day, but hey, you save on guests AND booze that way.

5. Call in favours. If you’ve got a mate with huge fairy tale pad, see if you can borrow it.

6. Avoid wedding venues. If you look on wedding sites like You and Your Wedding for venues, you’re immediately competing with thousands of other women for the same venue. Which means one thing – inflated costs.


7. Go kooky. If the venue is weird enough, it makes inviting only a tiny crowd somehow ok. What about a blessing at St Helen’s Church on Lundy Island off the Devon Coast, then a reception for up to 40 in the island’s only pub, Mariscos.

8. Retro-fit your theme to your venue. If you decide on The Wapping Project (a former power station in East London), then make your theme modern minimalism. If you decide on a farm, like South Farm in Hertfordshire,  make the theme rustic charm, and people will think your choice of venue was just part of your bridal vision, rather than a hard-nosed financial decision.