Space&Rock

Think Airbnb for weddings! Bringing together those who have awesome spaces and couples seeking amazing spaces to rock for their wedding!

We did it!

On 26th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £10,040 of £10,000 target with 39 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

Our Stretch Target will allow us to hit the ground running with regards our SEO, marketing and ensure the platform is developed to the highest standard. 

Welcome to Space & Rock!

Who am I and why am I crowdfunding?  Hi I'm Gemma and I'm passionate about helping businesses, home and land owners become more sustainable through partial or full diversification to weddings.

It's fair to say I'm kind of obsessed with weddings.  After running a successful wedding and event hire company in rural Cornwall for the past 4 years, where we've supplied over 350 weddings, I'd say this is an industry I know and understand. 

I have huge passion and belief in Space&Rock, so much so I'm investing £10,000 of my own savings to bring this project to life.  But it's not enough to get the platform we need built and launched.  I need pledges of support from crowdfunders who believe this idea could really make a difference, and help me bring Space&Rock to life. 

So what's the idea? Imagine Airbnb for wedding venues and you'll start to get the idea. Space&Rock follows a similar ethos, providing an uber cool online platform designed to connect home and business owners who have incredible spaces, with couples searching for hidden gem venues that can be personalised for their celebrations.  Think haybarns, woodlands, crumbling castles, country houses, boathouses, warehouses, art galleries, coastal fields, breweries and glasshouses.  Spaces that will really rock!!

Image Credit: Enchanted Brides

Image Credit: Enchanted Brides

 Image Credit: Enchanted Brides

How do I know there's a gap in the market for Space&Rock? Because no one is doing this in the UK yet and there's massive demand from couples for someone to step up and do it! 

Anyone who works in the wedding industry will tell you, we are always being asked by clients, family and friends if we know of anywhere for a wedding that’s a bit different!  I see the same questions being asked on wedding forums, facebook pages etc.  More and more couples want something that’s outside the box and they have budgets to spend.  A licenced wedding venue offers them convenience, not always their dream.  Space owners are sitting on potentially a really great addition to their annual income and they don’t even realise it! It’s win win!

Now let's be clear, there are similar concepts to Space&Rock in other parts of the world, but not in the UK.  Those few UK businesses who do offer space for hire, do so only in the biggest cities like London and Manchester and are catering more for the corporate market, not weddings. 

Why do I feel so strongly about Space&Rock? I live and work in a rural location where it looks completely beautiful, but making a living is tough!  Diversification for extra income is necessary for so many to survive.  Struggling farmers open farm shops or convert barns into holiday accommodation, home owners with big gardens open for tours and cream teas.  So, when I’m asked if I know of anywhere a bit different for a wedding, I would love it if I could say ‘Yes!’ not only because it helps couples find their perfect space, but also give those individuals who need their property to provide them with an income, an extra much needed financial boost. 

Space & Rock has at its very core, sustainability and a love of individuality.  We want to offer space owners the chance to become more sustainable by the offering of weddings.  But we also love the individual nature of the spaces we support, as well as the couples who wish to hire them. 

We're following this ethos through to our own business, using carbon neutral web hosting and intending to be a business that is as 100% carbon neutral as we can be. 

Image Credit: Enchanted Brides

Image Credit: Enchanted Brides

How would the website work?  Space&Rock already has web designers waiting in the wings to build it.  The concept is for a large, national (UK) website, with a really eye catching, fresh, inspiring look. 

In the same way Airbnb hosts have total control of their listing, the same will be applied to Space&Rock.  Space owners have their own log in, can upload their own images and text.  Listings are absolutely free, and we will work hard to ensure people are seeing your listing, driving traffic to the Space & Rock site.   When a booking is made via the Space&Rock site, we ask for a 15% commission on the space hire fee.  

Couples searching for bespoke amazing spaces for their wedding, can search via the Space&Rock website using a wide search criteria and connect with the venues listed. 

As a secondary feature, suppliers such as marquee companies, photographers, florists and stylists who will help couples rock their space (!!!) can list on the platform for a fee, and connect themselves with spaces - so for example a couple can look at a listing for a warehouse and see which suppliers have previously worked at that particular space, making supplier searches much easier for couples. 

But can anyone just host a wedding at their space?  Yes!

Any wedding ceremony performed in your space won’t be legal unless you have been approved for civil ceremonies by the local authority, but couples searching for space using Space&Rock would usually have a church wedding or use a celebrant to perform their vows and do the legal bit later at their local registry office! 

When it comes to alcohol and entertainment licences, we can advise you on all you need to know. 

You can hold weddings on your premises for up to 28 days a year in total without having to apply for change of use.  For more detailed advice on using your space for weddings, we always advise you speak with your local planning department. 

Space&Rock has huge potential but it won't happen without your support.  The website has to be brilliant!  Exceptional design costs money.  With your support this platform could really evolve the UK wedding industry for the better, providing engaged couples with hundreds of amazing new wedding spaces, and giving a financial boost to space owners.  So please do get involved and pledge today!


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