With the current pressures we all have on money, there's no surprise that cheap wedding venues are being chosen by couples in preference to hotels, stately homes and country houses.
The grandiose weddings of the past are declining in favour of venues that offer flexibility, value for money and little bit of quirkiness. Drum roll please, for the village hall.
For far too long, the poor old village hall has been sidelined in favour of fancy wedding venues, but when wedding after wedding becomes the same in these venues that offer conveyor belt style weddings, there's bound to be a little uprising from those that want to be different.
These days these halls are not the crumbling, dilapidated halls that once ruled the centre of the village. Over the last ten years or so, mainly since the millennium there has been lottery fund after lottery fund poured into these cheap wedding venues.
Refurbished with grand architectural features creating light and airy spaces, these venues are now rising like a phoenix from the ashes because they are cheap!
From Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's tea parties to a quaint village tea party with a distinct hint of vintage, the village hall offers an open-minded bride something different. They're quaint, yet charming and if you choose the right hall, can be in an amazing setting.
For my own wedding I looked around an amazing little hall nestled in the Wye Valley with open views from the terrace, yes I did say terrace, onto a field that petered down to the River Wye. Idyllic? Absolutely. The cost? It was cheap at less than £150 including use of kitchen, cutlery, crockery, tables and chairs.
Not only that, but the gentleman showing me round said that recently one couple had had a marquee company come in and decorate, so internally, the venue was completely transformed. They'd also extended out of the patio doors onto the terrace, so the entrance became more imposing and grand. Definitely something to think about.
Recently, in a conversation with my good friend Kelly from Boho Weddings and Events, she'd said that pretty much all of the UK weddings she had booked for next year were going to be in village halls. Kelly's a wedding planner based in Sheffield that specialises in weddings with a difference. How many people do you know that are having a 'cheap wedding' use a wedding planner?!
It's not just village halls that are cheap wedding venues. Sports club houses do too. Cricket clubs, bowls clubs, rowing clubs, rugby clubs and football clubs all have club houses that can be transformed into magical wedding venues without the hefty price tags associated with typical wedding venues.
So start to think differently about cheap wedding venues and use your imagination to find that little gem and save a bit of cash in these hard times.