If your guests wouldn’t mind missing their roast beef and Yorkshires one Sunday so that you can save thousands on your venue hire, read on. Hartwell House, an impressive Jacobean stately home near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire (pictured), is offering up to 50% off its room hire and wedding packages if you choose to celebrate on a Sunday in 2011.
This means you can hire the James Gibbs or James Wyatt rooms for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and party (60 seated, 30 extra in the evening) for £3000 (it’s usually £6000!). Flowers, menus and place cards also included. For more packages, room rates and menus, visit hartwell-house.com
There are ways to save with a weekday wedding too, as most venues have a reduced tariff for Monday-Thursday celebrations. At gleaming white country house Newick Park in East Sussex, the exclusive use charges (up to 150 in the evening) for October/ November 2011 drop from £6500 on Saturdays to £4500 for Monday-Thursday dos. For details visit newickpark.co.uk
And it’s worth asking whether booking a less sought-after day can land you enticing free extras. Oakley Hall near Basingstoke in Hampshire is currently offering complimentary room hire for your ceremony and reception on Monday-Thursday weddings (usual prices £400-£1000). To find out more visit oakleyhall-park.com