The WVSG is a not-for-profit organisation created to provide wedding venues across the UK with a deep resource of advice, information and support. As a result, members are better equipped to grow and face whatever challenges might come in the future.
The WVSG is also a strong community, providing hundreds of venue owners and industry experts the chance to connect, share, and learn from each other. We have come together to provide support for all, and you are welcome to become part of the group. For a small cost, you can become part of something much bigger.
Nine months after formation, over 260 leading venues have joined WVSG. We have emerged as the voice of UK wedding venues, recognised by Government, Whitehall and the press, as well as established associations such as Historic Houses, CLA and UK Hospitality.
Our aim is to champion the rights and interests of venues, provide support to help venues respond to legal challenges and references to the CMA and insurers, and playing an active role in representing venues to Government, all to unite and create a stronger sector.
To do that, we provide members with a range of products and services that will help you build a stronger business as we move forward.
Our next step is to become a fully-fledged trade association to advance the interests, standing and security of our members, and to provide assurance to couples over our integrity, fair trading and governance.
WVSG have agreed UK Hospitality corporate partnership that brings overarching benefits to our members.
We have recently announced the formation of our formalised partnership with Cornwall Council. This Primary Authority Partnership will enable the development of Primary Authority Advice, to be passed on to WVSG members. This will provide your wedding venue contracts or contract templates protection from enforcement action from Trading Standards and the CMA. It is a major step forward for our members and will help to establish clarity on fair levels of refunds with which to confront spurious claims by certain couples.
For a small additional fee, you can have continued access to our current toolkit, including Council’s opinion and privileged FAQs in relation to consumer law, and access to Trading Standards assured advice by way of the Primary Authority Partnership. This Legal Toolkit will help you to construct fair and reasonable contracts that confront attacks from couples, insurance claims and CMA and which will be Trading Standards approved. Membership gives you full access to any subsequent or newly obtained legal advice via the Legal Toolkit, for instance the game changing legal precedent set by the recent favourable appeals court decision already communicated to members.
All members are welcome to join the conversation in our invitation-only forums, access training opportunities and exclusive events alongside regular newsletters, survey insights and much more.
Joining the WVSG gives you exclusive discount on a number of products and services, all relevant and beneficial to wedding venues.
During the pandemic, we have and continue to challenge the Government’s restrictions on weddings and the lack of financial support for the industry, while working directly with Government departments, Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care on the safe reopening of the wedding sector.
We continue to provide members with top-level legal advice, via our legal toolkit, to protect wedding venues from unfair refund demands based on CMA guidance. We have successfully challenged defective court judgements and obtained assured advice from Trading Standards.
Our aim is to inform and equip wedding venues with the tools they need to grow. Members will benefit from expert advice on topics such as best practice, ethical standards and customer confidence, as well as products like tailored insurance policies and an exceptional community.
Our members have access to a wealth of advice and information, from a bank of helpful documents to in-depth webinars and regular updates, as well as our agreed corporate partnership with UK Hospitality. We aim to become the go-to source for media reference and political briefing, speaking on behalf of our members, with their interests at heart.
The WVSG was founded by wedding venue owners for wedding venues owners, and together we are stronger. For a small cost, you can unlock unbeatable advice and support, be part of an exceptional community, and look forward together with confidence and combined strength.