Has anyone been really impressed or really disappointed while venue shopping?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I totally had this experience! We looked at a few venues that are all owned by the same company — we knew off the bat we wanted to go with them because they have the best reputation in our area! But the venue that I thought I would LOVE was way too small and way more modern than I anticipated! I didn’t really like it at all. The venue we chose looked so small in photos and the walls looked pink for some reason. Low and behold, the venue was beautiful with white walls, an enormous ceiling and a huge ballroom! It is the most gorgeous venue I’ve seen. Pictures seriously don’t do it any justice! (That’s the only downside–it won’t look as beautiful in photos!)

I guess that just goes to show you that you should always check things out in person.

Post # 3
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

There was a venue that I really thought would be the ONE and then when we visited it I hated it. And the most expensive venue we saw, which had been my dream venue since I was 16, was just not right for us at all. I surprised myself with where I felt most comfortable. 

Post # 4
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

ruphiolis:  We had one venue that stands out like this.  Absolutely beautiful property and photos BUT the immediately surrounding areas were awful.  No matter which street you used to access it, all of our guests would have had to drive by run-down houses with garbage, broken cars and old furniture in the yards.  The field next to it, which is a tulip field, wouldn’t have been in bloom during the dates they still had available so there would be a giant field of dirt next to the ceremony.  Just not the asthetic appeal we were going for… 🙂

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes. We checked out the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite which is a super fancy beautiful hotel.It was our dream venue until we actually saw it. The ceremony would have been outside and that was lovely but receptions are held inside and they layout was so weird. Everything is in seperate rooms because there is no reception hall. They just put up these painted plywood panels to block the people from the hotel from coming in. And in the dining area was the cheesiest fountain. As much as we love Yosemite we had to say no.

We stumbled across the winery we ended up choosing for our venue. They have almost no photos on their website and when I contacted them about hosting a wedding there, they quoted me a price so low, I was sure the place was going to be a dump. When we got their, our jaws dropped. It was hands down the most beautiful, serene winery I have ever been to.  We took our moms out there before putting down a deposit and they got out of the car and could not stop saying “oh my God.” I guess this is a prime example of you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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