Post # 1
I am planning a destination wedding to that hot spot known as Chicago (LOL). I’m trying to book a trip to the city to FINALLY check out some venues and I’ve been in contact with coordinators but I’m unsure how many tours I can squeeze into one day.
How long did your tours take you? Perhaps to be safe I should plan one in the morning and one in the afternoon and that way I won’t have to worry about running between them? Do you think I can get it done in less than 2 hours? Because maybe I could do 3 in one day if I needed to.
Thanks for your help!
Oh, and I already know traffic in Chi-town can be pretty bad so I’m planning tours for like locations so I’m not driving across town trying to get from one to the other. Don’t worry about traffic/drivign time!
Post # 3
Venue tours can last from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on how good your “salesperson”/tour guide is. I’ve easily done three tours in a day.
Post # 4
Wow, that makes me feel a lot better! I thought that 3 in a day might be stretching it!
Post # 5
Three tours in a day is definetly doable – I wouldn’t worry about that. I would try and come up with a list of questions so that you can ask/take notes while your walking around, which might save you some time also.
Post # 6
You can deff do 3 in 1 day. I would buy a wedding planning binder there is a purple one that has list of questions to ask your venue!
Post # 7
The venues I have looked at (mainly hotels) were 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how much they have to show you – how many banquet halls, rooms, etc. If you call to book an appointment, just ask how long they expect it to take and then you can work in as many as possible! You can easily fit in 3 appointments, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more than that.
Also – definitely agree with the other ladies about having a printed list of questions that you can jot info down on! They start to blend together after the first few…I had a few banquet coordinators tell me my list was one of the more thorough ones that they have come across. I will email if to you if you want! Just PM me your email.
Post # 8
I would have to say 3-5 tours in a day is very do-able. What venue’s are you visitng may I ask?
Post # 9
I agree with the rest of the posters. Also, there will be sites you won’t like off the bat – this made me try to keep the site visit as short as possible.
Post # 10
@MrsH – So far we’ve got tours scheduled for: Danada House, Wilder Mansion/Gardens, Deer Path Inn, Carriage Green Country Club, Narnia Estate, Pheasant Run, and Kemper Lakes. Still waiting on Cuneo Museum.
I know the locations are kind of all over the map. I tried to group them together and space out the tours and of course, the vendors have been accommodating to my needs. So far.
Post # 11
I just wanted to be sure…maybe give you some insight on some places (I toured tons!) but here’s my experiences…
Danada House – very nice place, on the pricey side not worth the money at least to me
Carriage Green Country Club – run, far and fast, nice grounds but on the older side and it looks cheesy and drafty on the inside…the indoor reception location is small and options are limited
Narnia Estate – beautiful grounds, beautiful hall ok location…
Pheasant Run – is nice, had my high school prom there, but do keep in mind its an older facility and it is a resort
If you would like some suggestions, you can check out my hall which is DiNolfo’s in Homer Glen (another location in Mokena), very nice and very well priced. I also liked the Fox Valley Country Club, The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s campus, Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, the Bolingbrook Golf Club, and Walter Payton’s Roundhouse.
Post # 12
Thank you so much for the feedback! I hate having to do this all long distance, never know what I’m getting myself into!
I did just check out the Roundhouse and I love it! I love Breweries!
Any thoughts on Kemper Lakes? The woman there seems very eager to have us come in. And Fiance put Abbington Banquets on the list though I’m less than impressed with them so far.
Post # 13
We flew from LA to Seattle for two days to scout out locations. We did 4 a day easily. We started early and scheduled out time for lunch, accounted for drive time and parking, and were done by 4 each day. We came up with our list of questions beforehand and emailed it to the venues, whcih eliminated some right off the bat. The ones that we actually looked at were ones that we knew had all our requirements but we needed to see in person. Some places looked great online in photos but looked bad in person.
Post # 14
I have no experience with Kemper Lakes unfortunately. I can tell you that it is very far from the city or Chicago, very north (over an hour) but it is a nice area. The Abbington is very nice, we toured there as well when we were looking for a venue and I went to a conference there (FI had his high school prom there). At my conference, one of the people at my table found a moth in her salad so the food was a turn off for me. But the actual banquet room is very pretty but not much room for pictures in the foyer and the location is so-so (kinda strip mall-ish). Also, Ashton Place and Alpine Banquets may not be your cup of tea. They are older facilities and kind of dark on the inside. Ashyana Banquets is beautiful, very pricey and doubles as an Indian food restaurant so the whole place smells like curry. Hotel Arista in Naperville is stunning, if you like that metropolitan feel but also very pricey. If you have time, check out the website for DiNolfo’s here. I know its promotion but I love their location, their facility is gorgeous, and the people are so helpful.
Post # 15
Another suggestion for you is The Cheney Mansion in Oak Park. I haven’t started really looking at venues yet, so I can’t help too much. But I grew up near the mansion and have seen/been to many beautiful events there.
Good luck with your touring. Just curious – why Chicago for your destination? Are you or your Fiance from here?