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Written by Richard Wilcock | December 08, 2023

What is a business loan for wedding venues?

If you have a wedding venue or want to purchase a venue to turn into a wedding venue, then a business loan can help you with associated costs, from renovating the premises to marketing it to soon-to-be brides and grooms.

There are thousands of wedding venues nationwide, so accessing working capital can help yours stand out against the competition.

The wedding venue industry continues to grow

With a revenue of £3.3bn, the wedding venue industry is one that refuses to slow down.

The average UK wedding cost £18,700 in 2022, with 45% of this budget allocated to venue hire; finding the perfect venue is a top priority for many couples. And although there are over 7,600 wedding venues in the UK, there’s always room for more.

So, if you’re considering renovating your existing venue or purchasing a new one, there’s a thriving market out there.

How much can I borrow for my wedding venue?

How much you can borrow depends on your business needs, lending criteria and the loan type. Some loans, like unsecured loans, although quicker and easier to obtain, cap fund access at £500,000. But with a secured loan, you can borrow in excess of £2 million.

How much you borrow should be led by what you can afford to repay. Lenders will always carry out affordability checks to ensure they’re lending responsibly, but it’s good practice to understand your finances and loan limits.

Am I eligible for a wedding venue business loan?

Eligibility criteria vary depending on the lender and your business requirements. If you’re over 18 with a business registered in the UK and you’re not bankrupt, chances are, you’ll find a great business loan deal to propel your business forward.

Lenders will take your credit score into consideration when determining whether to lend to you, but it’s not the only deciding factor. So, if you have bad credit, don’t be put off. There’s a marketplace full of alternative lenders with flexible criteria, willing to assess applications on a case-by-case basis, something you don’t necessarily get with high street banks.

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Types of business loans for wedding venues

With so many different types of business loans, finding the best one for you can seem a bit daunting. Here, we’re talking you through some of the most suitable loan types for starting a wedding venue or renovating your existing one.

If none of these suit your circumstances, don’t worry; we have plenty more loan products.

Secured and unsecured business loans

If you have commercial property such as a wedding venue to secure a business loan with, you can apply for a secured loan and access higher loan amounts, lower interest rates and longer repayment terms. If you don’t want to risk an asset or you don’t have one, you can apply for an unsecured business loan. When your application is approved, you receive the amount in a lump sum to spend as you like within your wedding venue.

Merchant cash advance

If repaying your loan in fixed monthly instalments doesn’t suit you, a cash advance could be a better option for you. Borrow against your future credit and debit card sales and repay a pre-agreed monthly percentage. If your wedding venue business has seasonal highs and lows, a merchant cash advance can help you better manage your cash flow.

Business lines of credit

Lines of credit offer business owners a quick and flexible way to access the cash they need as and when they need it, a bit like a business credit card. If the lender agrees to give you £30,000, that money is there for you to dip in and out of; you’ll only be charged interest on the money you draw down. For example, if you pay £2,000 for banquet tables and chairs, you’ll only be charged interest on that purchase.

Property development finance

If you’ve got your hands on the property already, then you might need some cash to bring it up to standard before renting it out to wedding parties. Property development finance can give you the working capital you need to invest in your premises, upgrade the electrics, replaster your walls or build walls.

Auction finance

If you’re considering buying new premises to start your wedding venue business, auction finance can help you purchase property at auction quickly. Attending an auction is a popular way for property developers and landlords to snag a property bargain. When buying at auction, you only have 28 days to complete the purchase in full. As mortgages can take two to four weeks minimum, auction finance can help you secure the funds you need to purchase.

Cash flow loans

Running your wedding venue can be a juggling act, with some couples paying the last instalments of the invoice just weeks before the big day; this can leave you in a sticky cash flow situation. A cash flow loan can help you pay bills or other outstanding expenses without having to wait for the final invoice payments to be paid.

What’s the best wedding venue loan?

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution for business finance. The best wedding business loan for you will meet your business requirements. For example, you might need short-term finance to help you hire last-minute catering staff or longer-term finance to help you purchase and renovate a new wedding venue.

The quickest way to find the best-fit loan for your wedding venue is to compare your options side-by-side. Compare interest rates, total payable, and more for free with our tool.

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What can I use my wedding venue business loan for?

You can spend your business loan on whatever you want as long as it’s business-related. Here are some common things business owners spend their wedding venue loan on:

  • Purchasing new premises
  • Expanding existing business premises
  • Hiring seasonal employees
  • Covering emergency business expenses
  • Plug cash flow gaps
  • Restock the on-site bar, invest in a sound system or buy additional inventory
  • Rent or buy new wedding banquet tables and chairs
  • Rent or buy new equipment (i.e. kitchen appliances)
  • Revamp your wedding buffet menu
  • Redecorate bridal suites and guest rooms
  • Upgrade facilities

How to find a business loan for your wedding venue

We’ve built a free, self-serve loan comparison tool to help you quickly compare your wedding business finance options. We work with a panel of trusted UK alternative lenders, offering fast, flexible financing options for your wedding venue.

Growing your business is an exciting journey, but it often can be plagued with monetary worries. You can turn your wedding venue into a must-book wedding supplier by applying for an affordable business loan.

Simply fill in our short form and tell us how much you’d like to borrow and the reason for borrowing, and our tool will immediately pull together viable financing options in a table for easy comparison.

Like what you see? Click on the lender to learn more and apply. Discover your funding options.

About the author

Richard Wilcock
Written by Richard Wilcock

Money Writer, Director and Co-Founder

Richard is one of the Co-Founders here at Capalona and has over twenty years of experience in the marketing industry, specialising in the finance sector.

Updated: December 08, 2023
Published: November 17, 2023
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