Post # 1
FI and I did our first round of venue shopping over the weekend! It was a lot of fun to get started, even though I don’t think we found the place for us (not that we expected to find it so quickly or easily). We looked at a botanical garden & a winery, both fairly close to home. We want a place for the ceremony & reception that has its own charm and effortless elegance. We’d love to incorporate the outdoors, but also have indoor space in case of rain or really high temps. So, we’ve got more looking to do, which we figured, but again, we’re having so much fun imagining the big day.
Anyhow, I was just wondering, how many places did you look at before you found *the one*? Did you already have an image in your mind of what you wanted, a general idea, or no idea at all?
Post # 3
I had an idea where I wanted to get married before we got engaged. But when we got engaged I looked at every place online and found a place outside of Boston that fit 250 and had a lot aof windows with an outdoor area for cocktail hour. There were only 2 that matched this criteria. So I think once you narrow down exactly what you want you will be able to find a place pretty easily. Congrats on the recent engagament!
Post # 4
about 6 months before we were engaged, i found a reception space that i loved, LOVED. but wrote it off because i assumed it was too expensive.
After we were engaged I looked at 3 different venues and really liked 2 of them….but in the back of my mind i really wanted to pursue the “too expensive” one… my mom called, we looked, and were surprised it was in our budget! we signed the contract this past January. 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! Your comments were so helpful. @Roxy, your venue sounds very close to what we have in mind! Too bad we’re not looking around Boston or I’d have to ask where 🙂 I adore Boston! (I grew up in New England.) Thanks again 🙂
Post # 6
I think we visited about 15-16 before we made our final selection!
Post # 7
I didn’t really have a specific idea in mind besides knowing that I really wanted pretty chandeliers because I thought it would compliment the decor I’m going with really well. When we did start looking we noticed how crazy some prices were. We ended up going with one that isn’t quite as gorgeous as some others we looked at, but it was much more affordable and allowed me to put a lot more money into the decor budget. In the end, we’re extremely happy with the choice 🙂
Post # 8
I looked at venues online and fell in love with the one we went with, but I thought it would be out of our budget, so I looked at another venue for backup. We made an appointment to see both of them and went to see the one I loved first. They gave us such an awesome deal that we never even went to look at the other one. We just gave them our down payment and signed the contract.
Post # 9
During the initial stages of wedding planning, the very first place I saw was the place I wanted to host my wedding festivities. Due to very traditional Asian elders, we had to do a traditional Asian reception and had to change the venue of our ceremony. Most places required us to have both the ceremony and reception hosted at their place or charged us the price for hosting both even if we just utilized the ceremony area. After numerous emails and phone calls, we finally found a place that will allow us to have my dream wedding ceremony without paying an arm and leg for not having my reception there as well! 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! @noritake, I had secretly hoped to have the same experience over the weekend 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We only went to one other venue before the one we chose.
Post # 12
We looked at a few venues before changing the city where we would be getting married so then we had to start the search again. I would say 7-8 all together.
Post # 13
Technically 1. The first place we looked at was the one we chose. BUT we looked at 6 more and then chose the first one.
Post # 14
Well, I won’t count the ones I looked at online bc omg that was so many! 🙂 In person we saw seven (I think) venues. Our biggest issue was budget. Every single time I would call and say: our budget is X and this is exactly what we need, is it do-able? And they’d say yes, then we’d come in and it wouldn’t be true. UGH. Our vision of what we wanted kind of changed over time. Originally we didn’t want the typical ballroom and we really wanted something with either tons of indoor plants or with big windows and a pretty view. We couldn’t really find that so we expanded a bit to say we’d look at anything non-traditional. We ended up with an awesome converted warehouse that is totally nontraditional and i love it!
Post # 15
We knew before we were even engaged where we wanted to get married, because it had the vintage appeal for me and the small wedding appeal for him :o) But I think doing your research is totally worth it in the end!
Post # 16
I thought I knew excatly where I wanted to get marred. But it was way further out of the budget then I first expected it to be. We looked at 5-7 places and most of them were”nice” and they would “work” but they didn’t blow us away. Finally we found “THE” place. As soon as we drove on to the property I got excited. I thought I was going to burst while taking the tour. I knew my FI liked it to, but it wasn’t until we got in the car and he said, “I can totally see us getting married here!” that I knew he felt exactly as I did. I love our location! I want to move in! I love showing the website to people and hearing that the reactions are exactly how I felt! I can’t wait to get married there.