Book a venue without seeing it?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Should I book a venue without seeing it in person first?
    No way, make the special trip out there. : (14 votes)
    64 %
    Yes, you'll be fine. : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Other (tell me in comments.) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    2635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    How do you plan on booking the rest of your venders?  Food, Cake, Florist, etc.?  The people I know who had a desitnation wedding went to the location at least once for a few days to get all the venders and venues squared away.

    Post # 3
    990 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    We had to book our venue without seeing it… we asked the coordinator to do a quick Skype (or Facetime) tour with us. Since we had seen pictures, the virtual tour gave us more of a lay of the land and how things were laid out in the venue. That was good enough for us, we booked it and the wedding was amazing!

    Post # 4
    909 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t think I could book a venue without seeing it. I find that pictures online always make the place look better and you have to be there in person to really get a “feel”. Can you do a road trip with your Fiance to check it out? Or sometimes Jet Blue has really awesome sales for flights if you are willing to travel on a weekday. I just think its worth it to see it in person. If not, maybe the wedding coordinator can send you videos or skype you so you can see it? 

     I love Sante Fe btw. I visited there for the first ime last year and its absolutely beautiful! Good luck bee!

    Post # 5
    9729 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I would not book a venue unseen. You have no idea how old the pictures are you are looking at, what condition things are in now, etc. Things also could have very well be changed since the photos were taken and they haven’t updated the photos, this happens all the time.

    Post # 6
    383 posts
    Helper bee

    I would not book a venue sight unseen. You can also use the trip to also settle things with other vendors, such as cake tasting, meeting with your photographer, etc.!

    Post # 7
    80 posts
    Worker bee

    I booked a venue I found online. They had so many pictures online and all of their reviews were perfect. It is all inclusive and 4 hours away so I couldn’t just drive up there the way I can to the grocery store. I went to go see it a month after I booked and I wasn’t disappointed. It is beautiful but it was a little smaller on the inside then I expected.

    Post # 8
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    We have; I dont have time to get on a 10 hour flight just to check out out. But I checked a lot of reviews, looked through lots of pictures and I’m not really that fussed about the details anyway.

    Post # 9
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I wouldn’t book a venue without seeing it in person first. We are also doing a destination wedding (but only about 2.5 hrs away) and visited a bunch of venues in one trip. If there is anyway you can make it work, I would go for a visit. 


    I’ve been to the Inn and Spa at Lorretto for a work retreat and it’s pretty nice! I believe we were in their ballroom? It had a bunch of doors along one wall and was beautiful. Plus that chapel with the staircase!

    Post # 10
    425 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Do you have any friends or family who live closer and might be willing to look at it for you?

    I booked my venue in October and have still not seen it, but my parents live nearby and they went for a tour – I used FaceTime while they were there but the connection was spotty so it wasn’t super helpful. Next time I’m in the area I’ll go check it out for myself, but I trust my parents who told me it was nice.

    Also, though, I’m not picky and don’t care about decor or anything, so it’s definitely not something I personally would stress over either way.

    Post # 11
    465 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    tomkitty :  I booked without visiting! Google things to ask the venue and call the coordinator. That way you know what’s included. 

    I also googled the reviews and looked at any pictures I could find online. That helped me decide too; I was going with Loretto first but I liked the reviews and aesthetic at La Fonda better. I also googled wedding plus venue location to see any weddings that were already held; I also asked the coordinator for more pics. 

    I booked my photographer without having met him. I talked to him and a client sent me a positive review. For flowers and cake I’ll likely go to Whole Foods!

    Post # 12
    1932 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We got married in Vermont and live in California, and booked our venue without seeing it in person first. My in-laws, who live in MA, went to the top 3 we were considering and provided an extensive report + pics of each venue, and we made the choice from there. We did make 2 trips out to Vermont during the planning process to see the venue and work with all the vendors (e.g., food and cake tastings, hair and makeup trial – things that couldn’t be accomplished over the phone).

    Post # 13
    23 posts
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Highland Park Community House

    I wouldn’t book it without seeing it first. I found my venue online and the place was gorgeous in pictures but when my family and I visited the venue in person you could tell the pictures were old. Although the venue was still gorgeous it did have a bit of wear and tear that didn’t show in the pictures. If you can”t make it can the venue send you a video of the place?

    Post # 14
    465 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    tomkitty :  just out of curiosity, did you set a date? Our wedding date moved out from what I initially wanted because I was worried about being snowed in 🙂

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