Why it's worthwhile...

When you start your wedding planning you’ll be faced with a variety of different venue styles; from country house wedding venues to barn style venues, luxury venues, boutique venues and more.

The venue you end up choosing will obviously be perfect for you as a couple, but, if it offers accommodation, then it might be worth considering adding on the night before. Here’s why…

The morning of your wedding will be fun, but busy. If you think about it, you’ll need to be super organised in advance, so that when your wedding day arrives, all you need to do is think about getting ready – whether that is at home, at your parent’s house, or somewhere else. However, imagine being able to prepare for your wedding at your actual wedding venue – providing it offers accommodation in the first place. By hiring a venue the night before, you’ll be able to wake up in the place you will be speding the day at, get ready for your celebration in a calm, relaxing environment, without having to rush around and worry about transport.

Harper’s top 5 reasons why you should consider hiring your venue the night before your wedding day

1. Enjoy a celebratory dinner as a family

Also known as a rehearsal dinner in the U.S, celebrating with your family the night before is becoming more common here in the UK. Speak to your chosen venue about dining options. Get comfortable with your surroundings and maybe practice how you’ll be walking down the aisle or entering your wedding banquet as a newlywed couple.

Wedding gifts to bridesmiads

2. Get ready in calm environment

Wake up in luxury surroundings and enjoy getting ready for your wedding day without the worry of having to eventually travel to your chosen venue. If you’re having a church wedding then why not consider having a fabulous wedding car pick you up from the venue at a suitable time?

3. Reduce stress in getting to the wedding venue on time

Aside from the wedding car showing up (with all four tires fully pumped), you may be faced with traffic jams, road works/diversions or issues with the weather that could delay you.

wedding car

4. Eliminate the need to hire wedding transportation

If you plan on getting ready at home then you may have to organise wedding cars or transport to get you and your bridal party to the church or wedding venue on time. Wedding transportation equals additional cost to your wedding budget.

5. Invite your suppliers to arrive early

By hiring your venue the night before, you’ll be able to start decorating it sooner. Entry to a Harper Wedding Venue is from 11am on the morning of your wedding, which means that if you’re getting married at 2pm, you and your suppliers will have 3 hours to decorate the venue and get ready in time for your ‘I do’s’. We’ve seen it done a thousand times before, but if you want to give yourselves more time, or if you plan on throwing a truly lavish wedding with masses of decor, then hiring the venue the night before would be advisable.

Additional things to consider

  • The additional cost to your budget
  • What time you can arrive?
  • Who is going to stay the night / you or your other half – or both
  • What time you can invite your suppliers the following morning?
  • How does the catering work in terms of dinner and breakfast?
  • Prolong your wedding celebration; you may be able to hire the wedding venue for the entire weekend!