how did you handle venue inquires?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
Member
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

happilyeverafter29:  Totally possible to book several tours on one day. I think there was a day we looked at 5 venues, th

e longest appointments lasted an hour. I don’t remember if we tried to find out pricing ahead of time, but it worked out. It’s a fun and exciting part of planning. One venue, our favorite of course, ended up being 14K including nothing but tables and chairs. Way out of most budgets, including ours. But I’m still happy we saw it in person. You could try letting them know your absolute max budget, and then a couple might say sorry it won’t work out. Good luck and congratulations 🙂

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  ladyamalthea.
Post # 3
Member
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Most vendors will not give a formal quote until they have had some time to figure out what your needs are, and this almost always means speaking with them directly.  They don’t want to over or under-sell you a package and make you disappointed down the road.  You’re going to run into this with other types of vendors too.  If you are on the fence wondering if a venue is out of your price range, try asking for a phone meeting instead and see if they can offer a ballpark estimate after they have a chance to talk with you.  Then, if they’re in your range, you can discuss a site visit.

Post # 5
Member
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

This was not my experience at all. I emailed all venues and they sent me price packages right away, and then asked if I wanted to schedule a tour. I would try to stick to email and just request the pricing information. If they ask whether you want to schedule a tour, I would just say say “I am still gathering pricing information for all venues and I will contact you when I am ready to schedule a visit. For now, I would just like pricing information and availability”. 

Edited to add – you can use another wedding website (that shall not be named) to check these venues and look to see what ‘price point’ they have been assigned. It’s not an exact science but it will give you a ballpark. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  littleanchor.
Post # 6
Member
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was out of state and didn’t have time to book too many appointments, and definitely didn’t want to waste what limited time I had looking at venues I couldn’t afford.  If they couldn’t give me a ballpark price or their various price packages right away, I wouldn’t have considered them.  All of the venues I looked at did, and most were listed right on their website.  From that information as well as what I knew about the venues, and their website, there was 1 clear favorite, and 1 clear runner up.  I booked appointments at those two, but we loved the first one so much, we ended up signing with them and cancelling our other appointment.      

Post # 7
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I skipped any venues that wouldn’t give me quotes through email/phone, and I ran away from ones that asked me what my budget was. I feel that alot of times venues fluctuate their prices based on your budget.. higher budget, higher cost for you.

No thanks.

Post # 9
Member
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I did everything via email. I wanted to narrow down my choices before setting up a visit and touring the grounds. I told each venue what I was looking for, the number of guests we were expecting, etc. I didn’t have any trouble getting accurate quotes from each. Once I was happy with their responses, I read reviews, did extra research on each venue, found real weddings online (through photography websites). Once I narrowed down my vision I set up appointments. 

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