Post # 1
So far we’ve viewed 4. urghhh But we have them broken down into 3 categories- Inns, Hotels, and Country Clubs. We have 1 other hotel to view/tour on next Friday and hopefully we will be able to narrow things down to make our final decision. How many venues/wedding sites did you view before you made your decision?What was the 1 thing abt your venue that convince you that “this is the one??? Share your story please 🙂
Post # 3
First we visited venues in Denver and San Diego. The problem was if we had the wedding at eitehr cities, we would be looking at 500-800 guests.
San Diego: The Prado, Tom Ham’s Light House, Kona Kai Resort
Denver: Stonebrook Manor, Lion’s Gate, Noah’s Event Center, El Jebel Shrine, Denver Athletic Club, Sewall Ballroom at the Denver Center of Performing Arts , Pines at Evergreen…I think I got them all. Some were nice but were on the small side. One of the venues we looked at, the Boyfriend or Best Friend asked, “Am I here to pick out my casket?” It was nice but it had the funeral home vibe.
We only looked at places that could hold a minimum of 400 people. We didn’t like any of them so we decided to go to Vegas.
I visited a place in Vegas while I was out there for a bachelorette party weekend. It didn’t look like the pictures so when I returned to Denver, Boyfriend or Best Friend booked a trip for us to go out to Vegas. So two weeks later, we visted 11 venues in three days. We narrowed it down to the two last venues we looked at. While sitting at the airport we decided to go with the last and most expensive venue. We really liked Angel Park Golf Course, but in the end we liked the ambiance at Canyon Gate Country Club more.
Post # 4
We viewed 4 but I inquired at 10ish. I wanted something other than a traditional banquet center room. I ended up narrowing it down to 2 based on environment and cost and then taking Darling Husband to them to get his opinion (he lived 10 hrs away). I knew which venue I wanted but was hoping Darling Husband would like it too and luckily he did. We went with a converted warehouse. I just loved the feel of it and the coordinator there was super nice and helpful.
Post # 5
Okay, so don’t laugh, but….one. Yes, one. Don’t get me wrong…I did TONS of internet research. I knew we wanted something outside, like in a gardens, and that the reception and ceremony had to take place at the same location. I even checked out local parks, Boy Scout and Girl Scout campgrounds, all sorts of things! But I knew that I’d probably only have one chance to get the Fiance out to look at something, so I narrowed it down to two places and showed him the websites. He said he liked one better than the other and so I set up a date to go visit….but then things fell through and we didn’t end up going until 3 weeks later!! But, it all turned out okay, because as soon as he got out of the car he said, “Yeah, we’re having the wedding here” 🙂
Post # 6
Only one – small town with one elegant ballroom. Always knew it would be the one.
Post # 7
We booked the first and only venue we looked at. 🙂
Post # 8
7 venues before we decided on the one. Honestly, we were so done with looking!
Post # 9
I thought I’d be in the minority, but it looks like I’m not the only one!
We had our eyes on one specific venue, and chose it immediately.
I knew it was “the one” because it had the exact atmosphere we wanted…an antique classic old world look. Also it was close to our ideal church.
Good luck to you in your search!
Post # 10
One! I wanted it in a farm with an outside ceremony, I did my research online, found a place, went there, and booked that day! You have to love it! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
5 – the first 4 only did caterering themselves, which as I have experienced, do not ever book a venue who cater themselves, unless it is a great restaurant, because they usually make shit food!
The last venue let US bring in our own caterer. Large dance floor and a beautiful large bar! I was in LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait! Only 3 more weeks!
Post # 12
We viewed 3 and settled on the third choice… I loved the first one and the third one we looked at, but getting out there and seeing ones you dont like helps you find the one that you will!
Post # 13
We booked the first and only one we visited. 🙂 We loved it, especially Fiance, so we went for it!
Post # 14
I think we visited five vineyards and one inn. We were pretty sure about wanting a vineyard and started taking notes when we went for tastings on Sundays (sort of our Sunday afternoon tradition). We had three “official” visits with a coordinator walking us around.
Post # 15
We looked at 5 plaaces. I made a chart to compare not only prices, but what was included. I broke down prices for open bar/limited bar and also ceremony fees since we didn’t have a church yet. It helped a lot to have a chart to refer too, cause everything got confusing! As soon as we saw our venue, I knew that was the spot regardless, but I needed the chart info to remind Mom about pros and cons of other spots.
I did the same thing when I went cake and church shopping too.
Post # 16
We locked at 4, but we kind of knew we wanted the Maryland Science Center before we even started looking.