With an increasing number of couples preferring to move away from the conventional purpose-built wedding venues, Blank Canvas venues are becoming an ever popular choice. Blank Canvas venues promise complete freedom for married couples to put their own personal stamp on their special day. The question is whether a Blank Canvas venue really for you? Thief Hall in the heart of North Yorkshire offers you the choice.
When you are planning your wedding day you may already have an idea of which suppliers you may want to use, for example caterers, florists, DJ’s, Photographers etc. However, you may find that some wedding venues will likely put a stop to your choice of suppliers and hand you their list of preferred suppliers. This list may be a short list of businesses who may be unwilling to accommodate your budget or style for your wedding. This is where a blank canvas venue should be able to help. If they really a blank canvas venue, they should allow you to hire any supplier you wish without any restrictions or complaints.
Some traditional venues may have strict maximum capacity numbers which can create problems for couples who may have a larger wish list of guests. A blank canvas venue can be ideal for these couples as they may be more likely to be flexible with their capacity numbers. Some blank canvas venues are naturally larger such as converted barns which make them ideal for larger numbers of guests. They may also be able to put up a marquee if your guest numbers do exceed their maximum capacity, although this may come at an additional cost.
Do you have a particular theme in mind for your wedding? Does it involve a particularly extravagant design? Chances are some traditional venues will have certain restrictions when it comes to decorations. Some may not let you use candles due to potential fire hazard, some may ask you not to hang on stick decorations to the walls or beams in their venue for fear of damage costs. While some restrictions are understandable, it makes it hard to find a venue that will work for you if you have a particular choice of decorations in mind. If this is the case a blank canvas venue is the ideal choice as they will be much more laid back in regard to decorating the venue. To the owners of a blank canvas venue, each wedding they hold will be different so they may be able to offer advice on where to place your decorations based on past weddings who have used a potentially similar design.
As values change, not every couple would like a church ceremony for their wedding. These couples will therefore need to find a venue which is licensed to hold their ceremony. Some traditional venues may not be licensed and may only be suitable to hold your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Many blank canvas venues however are licensed as they are prepared for many scenarios. They may even have different areas of the property which are licensed which will give you even more freedom to hold your ideal wedding.
Use of different spaces within the venue
A benefit to a blank canvas venue may mean that they are more flexible with the spaces available within the property. They may have smaller rooms for weddings with smaller number of guests or multiple rooms which can be used for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast and then a separate room which can be used once the additional evening guests arrive. As mentioned previously some blank canvas venues may be able to put up a marquee for larger weddings. There may also be the option to have your ceremony or even your wedding breakfast outside at certain blank canvas venues, should this be your preferred choice.
A problem some couples have if they choose to hold their wedding at a traditional venue such as a hotel or resort is that many of these venues will book multiple weddings over the same weekend, or potentially the same day. This means running the risk of bumping into another Bride on their special day, or your wedding coordinator being preoccupied with the other wedding taking place. To avoid this, a blank canvas venue may be for you as many offer complete exclusivity of the venue for their couples. With some blank canvas venues this exclusivity could also be extended for the full wedding weekend giving you both more quality time to spend with your friends and family.
Plan your day to your timings
Another benefit to a blank canvas venue is that there will normally be less restrictions on timings. This is usually because you have hired in your own suppliers and you can discuss with them as well as your registrar or vicar what timings suit best for you. Many traditional wedding venues have strict turn around times or time slots that the food will be served by which can make for a less relaxed atmosphere on the day of the wedding.
There are pros and cons to both traditional wedding venues and blank canvas venues so it is important to find a venue which suits the two of you and who will help the pair of you create a day that reflects your personalities and your relationship. Visit the venues and arrive with pre planned questions to make sure that what they offer will work for you. Once you have found your venue, you could be surprised how much they can help you plan your special day!
"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton
“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell
“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James
“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock
“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson
“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul
“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie
“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay! Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen
“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will
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