Post # 1
My wedding isn’t until 2013…but we have to save every single day until June 23rd of 2013 if we’re going to be able to pay for this dream wedding of ours. But we have a pretty good savings plan going. We just started saving in October and I’m so excited that by the time we go out to California in December we will have enough to put down the deposit for our venue which will hold our date.
I’m definitely a little worried that when we get there the place won’t be all that I expected it to be. Or that there will be so many hidden fees and extras that we end up being way over budget. So…in other words that we will love it soooo much but find that we really can’t afford it.
And we’re planning from out of state for the most part with this one visit to California. So this is really our only shot. We already gave up on one venue that was pretty dreamy because they were so slow about getting back to us and we just don’t have the flexibility to work like that. I wish we did.
We need our date set so we can get everything else going.
Any advice going into our first (and hopefully last) venue visit? This place is supposedly all inclusive except for the DJ and photography but they have a preferred vendor list we’re working off of.
Post # 3
See if you can visit while they’re set up to do an event later that day,
My venue was and it pointed out sooooo many questions I hadn’t even come close to thinking off.
Also WRITE THEM DOWN!!! napkins, back of your hand anywhere and put them on a single sheet and organize the similar questions together.
I hope this helps!
(and not to threadjack, but this is my 100th!)
Post # 4
@WILLIAKELLLB: That’s a great idea. But our visit to California will coincide with Christmas. We’ll be visiting with the venue the monday right after Christmas so I’m not sure we’ll get a chance to see anything put together.
A little more info…the venue is a spa/inn. So we would be renting the place out for the weekend and the place will hold 24 guests total (including us).
AND they’re under new management. So since the new management has been in there (July) they have 1 review…but it says they’re excellent. Under the old management they had tons and tons of HORRIBLE reviews lol. So it’s reassuring but kinda scary too. Not a lot to go by.
Post # 5
Try to get a printed estimate amount that includes service charge and tax; not to mention a list of things included in the package.
Post # 6
Out of curiosity what is your venue? I’m sure there’s 100 spa/inns but it sounds like one I know 🙂 I’m in CA
Post # 7
@Butterbee: The Purple Orchid Inn in Livermore, CA. Do you know it?? If yes, did you see it featured on Hotel Impossible *shakes head*
Post # 8
You should try and cover as much as you can by email or phobe calls before your visit so you don’t waste your time going out there… this way you can see what all the fees and if it does go over budget you can start looking for another venue now.
Post # 9
@bridalprincess: Yeah totally! There’s like 5 different taxes to take into consideration not to mention required gratuties :/