(Closed) How many venues can you realistically visit in one day?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

I think giving yourself plenty of time to pay, w/o being worried about paying all up front, is a great idea!

IDK the area, but what I’d say, is pick the 2 closest to one another, and start your drive EARLY, to get to the first one when it opens. Do your second venue, then grab a bite to talk them over, and gain some energy for the next drive. Hit your third, and if it’s late, and you have the $, why not unwind in a room, get breakfast and hit the (possible) 4th venue the next morning, and then head home. Is that little “love/business” trip in your budget? You don’t want to get overwhelmed, so if you took the night to relax, then hit the 4th before heading home, you’ll have a clearer head, and be able to think and remember the details that pop out at you 🙂

Sorry I’m not much help when it comes to geographics! I’ve been to Philly only once, and b/c I was in DE and the hotel said the mall was duty free 🙂 LOL love a good deal!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It really depends.

When we were looking for venues [and still are], it was a touch and go sitatuon. Basically, when I first walked in, if I was treated poorly by the staff, I turned around and left right away. These were important facts to me :

Before even deciding to LOOK at venues, we weeded out the ones that didn’t match our criteria. We wanted to be able to cater our own food, decorate, and be there until midnight. This actually weeded out MANY places.

1. The staff. If the staff was friendly/on time/courteous, I continued with the venue…

2. The looks/smell/feel. I looked for dust/dirt/just plain out nastiness. If the carpets lookd like they were clean. Stains/bad smells/dirt turned me off, and I would thank them for their time and leave. If they were all good, I continued on..

3. Space. We’re having a relatively small wedding [35-60 guests], however we need space for a large cake display, gift table, candy buffet, photo booth, bar area w/ pub tables, dj area, and a 14 person head table. If the space wasn’t big enough, I would thank them for their time and leave. If the space was big enough I continue on..

4. Price. We don’t have a large budget, our budget isn’t teeny tiny [like under 6k], but we want the most bang for our buck. If the cost of the venue was ALOT, we left. If it wasn’t, we would take notes and consider.

 

We’re still currently looking, I’m still waiting on a few phone calls/emails on quotes before I do my next round of visits.

We were able to hit 6 or 7 in a day, but that’s because I left 1 as soon as I walked in due to poor attitudes of employees, and 2 i left due to prices/space.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We visited two (out of a short list of four) that were clustered about an hour from home, and were utterly exhausted afterwards.  I think each place took about 30 minutes or so.

Some thoughts (similar to jenilynevette posted):

What kind of vibe do you get from the place?  The first place we visited (and ultimately went with) had a warm, cozy feel.  We felt really comfortable there and could really envision our wedding being there.  The second place felt ‘cold’ to me.

What kind of vibe do you get from the staff?  The first place similarly had warm and inviting staff.  They were also some of the most responsive people I’ve been in contact with, and are *really* flexible on what they allow.  The second place, not so much.  We were a little early for our appointment and were literally shooed out of there because of a rehearsal that was going on at the time (no sign was posted; in fact the sign said if you were there to see the place to go on in!).  The second place also had really draconian catering rules.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We visited 5 in one day, none of which were in the same town.  I figured each venue tour would take an hour and then looked up the directions from one to the other and factored in that when booking appointments.  I also figured out ahead of time what order I wanted to see them, so I had an idea of a time range I needed the appointment in.  I ended up having to move it around a bit, but it worked just fine for us!  We are getting married closer to where we’re from so we only had a short amount of time to look at venues up there (while we were home visiting).  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We visited 4 in one day. They were all within 10 minutes of each other and each took about 30 minutes total. We saved our best for last, and we weren’t disappointed! We could tell the lady had years of experience because she was telling us every little detail-things we hadn’t even thought to ask about, whereas the other venues were kind of more like “Do you have any questions?” without telling us anything we didn’t already know

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We visited 5 in one day since we flew in specifically to find a venue. They were all pretty close to each other, except for the last one which was about 30min away. We probably spent about 30-45min at each venue and it was a completely exhausting day. Sometimes you have to do what is necessary and be completely exhausted, but it will be worth it in the end.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Depends how far they are from each other and how much time you want to spend at each one. I wouldn’t do more than 2 in a day because I like to really see all the details and make sure I’m not missing something obvious.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did four in  one day and dropped by on a whim to one last venue cause we were walking by.  The catering manager just happened to be there and we ended up LOVING it!

I would pick the venue you like the most to go first.  If you fall in love with a place sometimes there is no need to see the others.  All 4 in one day is very doable.  Go early and have a gameplan of questions to ask at each place, criteria to be met, and a budget of what you want to pay.  That should knock things out pretty fast.

BTW we were engaged for 18 months so we could pay to have our wedding IN Chicago.  Your doing the right thing.  No need to start life off in debt!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it were me by myself, I could probably do 4-5 in one day as long as they weren’t super far from each other. However, SO hated looking for venues so the most he would ever do is maybe 2 in one day if they were super close to each other. Personally, we spread ours so far apart that we did one every couple of months. Haha.

We were also looking for very unique, offbeat venues so you could pretty much just walk in and know if it was right or wrong. I also studied a lot of photos online of prior weddings there so I knew how to work with the space.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d say 3 in one day is still easy & fun. Four is pushing it to the point where it will probably feel more like work, but still enjoyable work. After that I’d say any fun and joy starts to get sucked out of it.

I spent 1 hour looking at a place I wasn’t super excited about. I spent 2 hours with the venue I ended up booking when we went on a tour.

But it’s gong to depend on you and your fiance. I am not a high energy person. Other people may be able to see 6 venues in a day and think it was the best day ever. That’s not me. 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We live about 2 hours out of town from where our wedding is, and I think we looked at 5 or 6 in one day, having actual appointments at maybe 4 of them? It was exhausting! And everything was quite close together. Now, we did meet with a couple other vendors (lighting/DJ), but yeah – we were pushing it!

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