Checking out venues from afar

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

HI I used to live in so cal and my sister is getting married in so cal what area of so cal are you looking at?

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m doing the same thing.  We live in Pittsburgh, and we’re booking it Maine.  Look at all the reviews you can find!  Weddingwire is a great place to start!  I also googled the venue name + wedding, and saw so many pictures from past weddings… this has helped me the most.  Also, call the venue.  They give so many details you may not have been able to find on their website.  

You can also post on here to ask for suggestions from people in the area under the “Local” boards.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m from So Cal as well and looking at venues – what ones are you thinking?  Maybe I can offer insights.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of the ones I am looking at are booking up that far out though, although, I’m not looking at “high season”.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Whispering Oaks Terrace is in Temecula area. That area gets pretty damn HOT. Like Today I believe it’s in the 90’s  I would suggest looking into the wether as well. You don’t want your geusts to say the wedding was nice but we all melted.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Oh wow, any reason you are looking that far inland?  As another poster pointed out – even now, they are in the 90s.  In the summer it can get to 110+.  I’d really only consider that for late fall/early winter wedding or if there is a way to be indoors the whole time.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

FI and I live in London and booked our venues in San Francisco without ever seeing them. 🙂 My mom ultimately went on our behalf to put down deposits but by the time we’re able to visit the sites in December, we’ll have paid our second set of deposits! 

You’re doing the right thing by looking at pictures, videos, and the like. We based our decision heavily on reviews as well as communication from the venues’ staff. We also considered the area and compared our venues to others in the vicinity. 

That being said, I’m originally from San Diego and at the risk of sounding like a coastal snob, the inland area gets BRUTALLY hot depending on the time of year. Even in the seasons that you’d expect it to be cool, it’s not. :/ If your heart is set on moving away from the coast, then make sure your venues have AC or you’re keeping the climate in mind!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I basically choose my venue without ever being there.  I was familiar with the area, and talked to many vendors on the phone.  I was able to make a very quick trip out to sign the contract, but I only had enough time to visit the one venue we choose.  Had it been horrible, we had a backup venue in mind we could rush over to and see crazy quick if absolutely necessary, but we booked the venue on the spot.  Quite honestly, I would have been ok with booking the venue without looking at it.  There were tons of pictures online, the price was good, they had detailed descriptions of their menu and pricing online as well as other add on options, and most importantly the coordinator of that venue was very responsive and nice to emails and phone calls.  

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