(Closed) Destination Brides, How did you pick your venue?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
12 posts

@KatNYC2011: I got married at a castle in Ireland–sight unseen by me or my husband until the day before the wedding. It worked out fine. My husband found the venue online and we emailed back and forth with the manager several times before we committed to the location. The manager was able to send us extra pictures of other weddings on the grounds and answer all of our questions via email/phone. My Mom did a scouting trip for me about 5 months before the wedding but at that point we had already paid the deposit–she did it more for her own sanity than anything else. She didn’t even bring me home pictures!

I didn’t find the process of having a destination wedding anymore complicated than I find throwing parties in my hometown–it just came down to more phone calls and emails than face to face visits. I would say your #1 concern in planning a destination wedding is the staff at your venue. We would NOT have been able to pull off what we did with out the people we were working with–they were SOO helpful! If the staff is easy to work with and responsive to your requests I say go for it! Best of luck in your search!

Post # 5
12 posts

@KatNYC2011: Dont worry! You aren’t going to make a wrong choice–it is impossible to do! Whatever place your pick is going to be forever special to you and your fiance–you aren’t even going to remember the other options later! Send your Future Mother-In-Law out to check out the 2 venues you are thinking of and see if she loves one more than the other. I know EVERYONE says it–but your wedding day FLIES BY so dont kill yourself over the small details ie. the carpet color at one place vice the other–your guests probably wont notice and you will be too busy to care!

Post # 7
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Not sure if this helps but we booked our venue sight unseen.  I did find a LOT of pictures on photographers blogs for each of the venues and we also looked on sites like trip advisor so get the “real life” view.  It helps a lot to paint a picture in our heads of the whole location.  

We also asked our photographer which venue she preferred since she has been to them all.  She was able to give us a lot of helpful feedback.

Another thing we did was find brides on forums who had their wedding there and ask about their experience.

Post # 8
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with Meerkat – TripAdvisor pictures are a life saver. Also check the negative reviews on the site. One of the venues I thought I *had* to have got thrown right out after reading how they’ve added fraudulent charges to a ton of people’s credit cards and Visa had a fraud alert on them!!

I ended up choosing through wedding photographers in the areas who had blogs w/ photos at the venue, asking the planner for additional photos of the spaces, and TripAdvisor. Still haven’t seen it in person!

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