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Choosing a venue space for your event can be a difficult task since there are a number of things you need to consider, venue size, layout, location and nearby accommodation to name just a few. There are so many options when it comes to choosing your event venue and one way to narrow this down is deciding between wet and dry hire.

But what’s the difference I hear you ask? Well, dry hire is a phrase to describe a venue that only provides the use of the space, whereas wet hire allows you to not only use the venue but also their caterers, audio-visual equipment and a range of other services.  

In order to choose between the two options, you need to be aware of the pros and cons of each, so read on to find out more!

Dry Hire

Dry hire involves just gaining access to the venue space and nothing else, you get to arrange everything else yourself. Although it may seem like a lot of extra hassle, it’s actually a really great option if you want the flexibility to host your event exactly how you want to.

Maybe you know an amazing caterer who provides delicious food to your exact requirements and at a good price, or maybe you already own all the visual equipment you need so there’s no need to borrow any from the venue. If this is the case, this option is definitely the one to go for.

So let’s have a look at some of the advantages of a dry hire venue…

  • Dry hire offers greater control for event organisers to arrange their event exactly how they want to
  • You can shop around to find the best possible caterers or suppliers at the best price
  • It’s cheaper to dry hire an event

However, as with anything, there are a few disadvantages…

  • You’ll be taking on more responsibility to arrange the entire event and will have to deal with any issues. This can be problematic for people with little experience in organising events.
  • Yes, you’ll have your choice of caterers and suppliers, however, they probably won’t have experience of working at your chosen venue.
  • You’ll have the cost of arranging all the extras on top of what you pay for the venue itself.

Wet Hire

With wet hire, you don’t just get use of the room or hall you’re hiring, but also a whole host of other services. You can benefit from the venue’s catering services, their design team and any audio-visual services that they provide.

Some advantages of this include:

  • You get to use the venue’s regular suppliers who are familiar with the layout and any access restrictions of the venue.
  • Quite often these additional services will be included within the price of the venue
  • It takes away any hassle of organising your own catering, services and equipment

However, there are some disadvantages of wet hiring a venue:

  • Depending on the venue, wet hire can sometimes be more expensive than dry hire, and there’s always the possibility of finding the same service at a better price elsewhere.
  • Less flexibility with your options, for example, you have to use the caterer the venue provides rather than a specific one you want.

So there you have it, the differences, pros and cons of dry and wet hiring a venue. One thing to bear in mind is that it’s certainly not a one size fits all when it comes to wet and dry hiring and what may work well for one event won’t for another. The key thing is to think about your needs, event goals and budget to help make a decision between the two!


Why not let our expert team help with planning your event? Get in touch today by calling 01254 629700 or email us at [email protected].


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