Post # 1
My FH and I are going to start touring some wedding venues this weekend! I did some research and showed him all the venues we could afford in our area. I wanted to look at about 3 venues over the next two Saturdays and then make our decision by February or March. However, FH thinks touring 3 venues in one day will be overwhelming and wants to just tour one or two over the weekends. I’m super frustrated because I think touring one venue a weekend will take entirely too long and drag out the wedding planning process. What do you guys think? How many venues did you and your SO’s tour in one day?
Post # 3
I looked at about 100 briefly online, and about 30-odd in more depth, then we viewed 12. Our venue was the third I saw and I knew it was the ‘one’ straight away, as did OH when he came to see it, but I still kept my appointments for the others.
Post # 4
We definitely did a wedding venue tour blitz — but we were from out-of-town, so this is how we had to do it. We did four in one day, although one was a quick NO WAY — so maybe more like 3.5?
I would actually recommend doing your tours in quick succession. Bring the same set of questions to ask all of the venue coordinators (plus specific ones for that place of course), and it will really give you a sense of the personality of the people you’ll be working with.
Yes, we were very tired by the end of the day. But we did all these tours with our parents (who were generously contributing to the wedding and whose insight we really value)…and then we went home, and my fiance and I took a leisurely walk together in which we talked over the options and came to a mutual decision.
Post # 5
We viewed 7 overall, and the most we ever did was 4 in one day, but that was ceremony and reception sites, so a quick peek in a chapel doesn’t take too long, and they were all pretty close to eachother.
Post # 6
We looked at dozens online, but we only toured three in person. We did them back to back, but went to a Starbucks in between to write out our thoughts, diagram the floorplan, and take any notes that may have been confused if we had gone straight to the second.
Post # 7
We look at probably like 50 online and physically like 12. The one we picked was the last one we looked at and knew right away that it was “the one” lol.
Post # 8
I only toured 2 in total, I mainly did my narrowing down online or through phone/email. Only toured the ones I was really interested in after getting some good replies/info from them.
I only spent maybe 30 mins at each so doing a few in one day is completely doable! Just have a list of everything you want to ask and check out.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We only toured four total-we were very familiar enough with other venues on our list (museums, theatres, etc.) On one day we toured two, and you can easily do three in one day- just make sure to take notes, so they don’t run together.
Post # 10
Our city is about 2 hours away from us, so we looked at all the venues we wanted to see in one day. We started out with a list of 8 with appointments at 5 of them, the other 3 were places we could stop in and look at without an appointment.
It WAS a lot. We ended up cutting out 2 by the end of the day because they were a little bit of a drive, we didn’t have an appointment, and we’d found a place we liked during our appointments. So I think we saw 6 that day. It was quite a busy day.
The thing is, once you find a place you like, you very well need to be ready to put down a deposit quickly. A couple of places held space for me when I made the appointment without me even requesting it (later canceled those holds), but others were “This space is not yours until we have a cleared check.” I would try to book a venue as quickly as possible and therefore, not spread your visits out over too long of a time period.
Post # 11
@MissKPreK: We toured a total of 5 venues. The most we did in one day was 3. It actually wasn’t bad at all. The first appointment was in the morning, then we stopped for coffee and lunch before our second appointment in the early afternoon. Our third appointment was about 3 hours after that, so we had time to come back to our apartment and relax a bit before heading out again. After that day, we just saw 1 on a Saturday and then our last venue (which we actually chose) the Tuesday after that.
I think as long as the venues aren’t really far apart (or really far from where you live), you’ll be fine. All of our venues were in the city where we live, and none of them took more than 30 minutes to get to. If we’d been looking at venues elsewhere, though, we wouldn’t schedule so many in a single day.
Post # 12
Thanks for your input ladies 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I toured 6 venues in one day. That’s all the touring we did. I did a heck of a lot of work beforehand choosing venues to tour so that I could go to as few as possible and get it done in one day since I was OOT.
Post # 14
We looked at quite a few online, but only toured the one we really loved. It was perfect, so we booked it the same day.
Post # 15
We toured two venues back-to-back, but we only had two choices in the area! So thank goodness the second one worked. We also toured a few ceremony sites AND some photographers. We went to Starbuck’s after and talked about the logistics. We picked or reception location, ceremony location, and photographer in one day of appointments!
Post # 16
We looked at tons online and 15 in person. We saw 1 a day, but sometimes 2 or 3 in one day.