If you are looking to take more control over your events then a dry hire hall can be a fantastic option. Dry hire simply means hiring a venue as an empty shell, without certain elements such as catering, furniture, A/V equipment and so on included.
The items that are included can vary from venue to venue and so it is always very important to make sure that you are completely clear about what is included and what you will be required to bring in. Event planners who search for dry hire venues will usually have a good idea of what they are doing and the suppliers that they wish to use. One of the main reasons to choose a dry hire a hall rather than a venue with everything included is to use your own specific suppliers, whether that is a wedding caterer that your family has used to generations, or an A/V supplier that your company uses at every event and trusts.
It is always a good idea to take a step back and decide whether a dry hire venue is right for you, as it usually involves quite a bit more work and the responsibility of the suppliers falls on you rather than the venue that recommends them. If you do go down the dry hire route then it is always a good idea to make sure that your suppliers are familiar with the venue and have been in to see the space and check out the access routes, as well as the equipment that is on site.
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Dry hire venues will generally give event planners greater control and flexibility over there event, the suppliers they use and the way the event operates. For large productions and very creative events this can be very important. However if you are searching for a dry hire venue because you are attached to one specific caterer then it is always a good idea to check out the alternatives as many of the amazing venues in London, whether available for dry hire or not, have taken a huge amount of time effort and research to ensure that their approved supplier list is the best available in London. There will always be incredible independent and upcoming suppliers that will work better for a particular event or offer a better deal, although many venues that do not offer a dry hire will still be able to approve specific suppliers on a case-by-case basis, so do check before you rule anything out.
Often our clients are searching for dry hire halls in order to keep things as cheap as possible, with the idea of bringing in their own caterers or providing the food themselves at a much lower cost than professional catering companies. If this is your reasoning for choosing a dry hire venue then be careful to read through all of the dry hire fees and restrictions, as many dry hire venues in London will require corkage fees to be paid for drinks such as bottles of wine, beers and sometimes soft drinks, whereas others will have restrictions regarding health and safety that may roll out some of your catering ideas. There are many dry hire halls in London that can accommodate such things, it is just important to make sure that you find the right place for your event, budget and needs.
Particularly for corporate event managers, there is usually a lot more legwork to do if you are ringing your own suppliers to a dry Hire venue. Many venues with in-house catering and approved supplier lists will have a tried and tested formula for successful events so before you hire a dry Hire venue just run through the extra jobs required and make sure that you have the time to do it and the benefits are actually worthwhile.
Check that any suppliers you wish to use at your dry hire venue have seen the venue, have run a similar event at the space and know the layout of the venue, access routes and equipment that the venue has in house. One of the biggest problems that clients have with dry hire venues is a misunderstanding about equipment or access, where the venue and suppliers think that one another had such things covered. It is a good idea to get the managers for all of your suppliers and the venue manager to meet and run through their responsibilities for the day. You will be surprised how often this highlights potential issues that can be easily fixed ahead of time but are difficult to do so on the day of the event.
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Finding a dry Hire venue that is right for your event can be a bit of a mine field and the key to getting t right boils down to communication between yourself, the venue and suppliers. You need to ask the right questions to reduce the risk of any nasty surprises down the line.
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