Post # 1
I’m at the very early stages of planning (i.e., there’s no ring on my finger yet), but my bf and i both agreed that it might be a good idea to take a look at a venue that we are very seriously considering, mostly because we’re worried it might book up and we’d like to have an idea if this is THE place so we can present it to the parents and book it pretty soon after we get engaged (sometime this summer).
So my question is, we’re not at the booking stage yet. Do we make an appointment to see this place? Or do we just stop by and take a quick tour, maybe eat there (it’s a restaurant). Or is it rude to just show up? I am so clueless about the process, and i know the bees will steer me in the right direction!
Post # 3
It will vary based on what type of venue it is (in other words, you can certainly just drop by a park or museum or restaurant), but in general you really want to make an appointment. That way you’ll be sure that you are coming on a day when your venue isn’t booked with another wedding, and you can have a staff member show you around and answer your questions, and allow you to see behind-the-scenes areas like the bridal apartment and the catering rooms.
Post # 4
I’d absolutely go ahead and have a meal there – then you can poke around and check it out a little bit. But if you want to ask questions and get prices and things like that, definitely make an appointment.
Post # 5
If you want to be shown around or think you might have questions while you are there, PLEASE make an appointment! I used to get so frustrated when people would show up without an appointment and want a tour and have a ton of questions. Almost all the time I had other appointments scheduled that made me late or I had a lot of work I was trying to do.
If you want to go on your own just to eat and look, no appointment necessary. Just ask for a business card of the contact person so you can give them a call later if you have questions or want to set up a full tour.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for the quick advice! I dont know why it didn’t occur to me that there might be a wedding going on when i wanted to stop by, that’s a great point.
naangel, thanks for the heads up – i certainly don’t want to start out on the wrong foot with the venue!
Post # 7
Err on the side of caution and make an appointment. For a restaurant, you don’t need a reservation or appointment, but ask to speak to the manager.
Post # 8
@esqbee: Have fun looking at venues!!