Post # 1
i have been trying to find locations but it seems that all i run into is about the same 20 or so venues everywhere i look. we are trying to stay away from banquet halls amd hotels but dont want to use the same locations that everyonr tends to use. if you found a venue where you didnt use the knot, brides.com or wedding wire i would love to know your tips?
Post # 3
My stepmother suggested our venue, but a lot of other vendors I have found by going to google maps and searching. An example is “photographer”. We found a photographer who lives a couple of blocks from us, and is around $1500 cheaper than the other photographers we looked at because she doesn’t advertise, she relies on word of mouth and because she saves all the money on advertising, her prices are cheaper.
I’ve also gotten great prices on other services (hair and makeup, florist, cake, decorators) by googling keywords (makeup/flowers etc) rather than “wedding photographer”.
ETA: try searching function venue rather than wedding venue.
Post # 4
Honestly, FI’s mom. Since he is from a small lakeside town and I’ve always wanted to be married outside, I knew it would be there. So I asked what would be some good places and we came up with a lovely mill that’s been converted into an inn. Are there any people you cam talk with?
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
We attended a wedding at our venue 3 years prior. It’s also a national landmark (National Museum of Dance). We live in a pretty culturally rich town so it oferes a lot.
Don’t be afraid to consider
- museums (we have the horse racing museum, dance museum, a historic casino and automobile museum)
- colleges with chapels/ outdoor areas you could have a tent reception- oh wait, that won’t work in February in DesMoines!
- polo fields (starting to realize my town is pretty ridiculous lol)
- public spaces
Post # 6
There is a bar/restaurant that I’ve always thought was so beautiful and felt super comfortable in… so the night we got engaged I told FI I wanted to try to get married there. His best friend happens to know the owner well and emailed her literally the night we were engaged and asked her if we could do a buy-out…and it all worked out! I’m so excited for our choice.
So think outside the box a bit!! Restaurants and bars will usually lease out to you for an evening for the right price!
Post # 7
All my stuff was basically through people I knew… I’d been to like 5 weddings at the venue we ended up using, and it was in a decent-sized city! But guess what? That’s not a bad thing… my friends had all done their homework, and it was a great location and a great deal!
Post # 8
Well the ceremony and reception are being held at the college where I teach (free). The day after pig-roast is being held at picnic grounds I have been at many times (this one can accomadate hundreds of guests!).
Post # 9
@catwoman1701: we are doing it in chicago and havent gor much help outside of banquet halls. we’d like to keep it on the intimate side and all the ones recommended by friends are for 250+ guests
Post # 10
I looked at local photographers’ blogs. Photographers post most/all of their weddings and you get a great chance to see what the venues look like in advance 🙂
Post # 11
I found mine in a bridal magazine. I had never heard of it until I found it there.
Post # 12
The venue I wanted and the venue I chose were both national parks that I spent a majority of my childhood at. My first choice had to be left because of construction. The venue I used is the park my mother works at. I spent my childhood there.
Post # 13
google, lots and lots of google.
I searched terms other than wedding venue as well, look for event rentals etc. I also went to catering company websites and rental company websites and looked at the venues they worked with, I also looked at wedding photography blogs for ideas too!
Post # 14
I went to google maps and searched for “wedding venue” near our zip code. I got a whole bunch of options just from that, including the venues we ended up choosing.
Post # 15
We went out to eat at our venue while on vacation. I would try googling things like banquet rooms/halls in your area and I agree with pp about looking into venues that you might not have thought about such as parks, schools, etc. If you have a church you attend regularly you could have it there.
Post # 16
I looked at wedding magazines published for my state/region. I found out about my venue from Brides of Oklahoma Magazine.