(Closed) How many venues to look at?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I looked at 1!  I knew I wanted to have an outdoor wedding so I called the two places in town that I knew would be great for that.  

The first place was a Japanese garden, and while it would be beautiful, it was very, very expensive.  It didn’t have a reception site, so I would be paying twice as much for it than I am paying for our venue, which includes the reception site.
Then we called and actually looked at the venue we chose.  It is an arboretum and it is gorgeous.  It was extremely reasonably priced, was only available for three dates next year, one of which was the day we had talked about.  So we quickly gave them a deposit.  It helped to that my fiance had gone to a wedding at this place before, so he knew what it would be like.  

Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I looked at one. I know it sounds NUTS but I researdhed online a lot, went to one place – fell in love with everything and picked it.

I think it’s just like picking the right dress, and all that – you just know when you have the right one.

Plus our feeling was, we have a little less then a year to book this, we didn’t have the luxury of looking at 15 places because some of the venues would only hold things for a week with out a deposit.

I think you’ll know when you find it, and to just keep looking until you know – if you have the time – take it! 🙂

Good luck!! And I can’t wait to see what you pick!


Amber (Sweeney2Be)

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

if you like at least one place, 7 is enough. if you have a certain look, feel, or price and you dont get it with those first 7, then by all means keep looking. (or perhaps he wants to see more because he doesnt like the first few?) we went to see 6 different places in one …looong… day, then listed the costs, pros/cons, etc  of the 5 we liked, which helped us pick our top 2, & with a little more investigation, we eventually picked our reception venue! i would also recommend taking pictures of the places so you dont get confused!

Post # 6
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

12-15 seems like A LOT!  I feel like that really can be too much choice.  We looked at 5 venues, and that seemed like a good amount for us.  Since initially I didn’t even know what I wanted my venue to look like, I needed to see more than one.  But after 5, I knew what I liked/didn’t like.

Post # 8
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Funny you ask this question because I just read about this about 2 minutes ago in my BRIDES planner. It says you should visit about 5.

As for me, I researched about 5-7 and only visited one. Thats probably due to the fact it was the only one big enough and available the date we wanted.

Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

whoa, we did ALL the research online so that we only had to see 3-5 in person. the web definitely saved us a LOT of time.

Post # 10
111 posts
Blushing bee

look at as many as you feel comfortable with. some people like to see 1, others like to see as many options as possible. I am of the latter. I saw 10. But before I did, I did a lot of research online and made phone calls to the places first to find out their price per person. This helped me cut down the visits. Of the ones that met my requirements, I saw 10 and picked the first one I saw. It never hurts to look….=)

Post # 11
77 posts
Worker bee

First we looked at 1, booked it & put a deposit down within a month from our engagement.  It wasn’t even built yet & ending up falling thru.  A big bummer!!

So the 2nd time around, I researched more than I can even count online – got prices, menus, reviews, etc.  We visited 3 and decided on a venue even better than our first big disappointment!!  You’ll know when you find it!  Best of luck!

Post # 12
115 posts
Blushing bee

The first one I looked at I loved and wanted right away.  I only looked at another venue just to have another idea / different perspective in mind; but in the end, I went with the first one because I knew that it was The One!  I think if you find one that has everything you want, and you love it, book it.  Looking at too many may just get confusing.

Congrats on the wedding planning!!

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