(Closed) Did anyone book a venue without actually visiting? – Help please

posted 5 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Would you book a place without seeing?
    Nope. wait until you can actually see them : (21 votes)
    57 %
    Yes, August is too late : (14 votes)
    38 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    9686 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mee:  We are having a weddingmoon in the Caribbean, so I have never seen my venue. However, it’s the Caribbean so I am sure it will be gorgeous.

    Post # 4
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I would select a top 2-3, and ask some friends with good judgment to just do a quick walk-through and see if the pics are represenatative and if they get a good vibe from the place.  Bonus if they can take photo/video and send it over.  I’ve heard too many horror stories about the venue being “off” for some reason (including uncooperative owners, and that can sometimes be figured out only by meeting them in person), and I myself thought for months I had found the perfect PERFECT venue that I had to have…until I visited and was underwhelmed. 

    But yeah, August is too late, especially since so many other vendors depend on the location.

    Alternatively, if you have the cash, maybe you can hire a wedding planner just to manage this one task.  Consider the couple hundred bucks “venue insurance”.

    Post # 5
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    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think booking one earlier without seeing it is better than waiting, but I would try to have someone checki it out for you.

    I did research online, but the wedding is in Colorado and I live on the East Coast. I had my Mom visit my top choice, and she fell in love, so we booked it several months ago. I finally get to see it in a few weeks for the first time πŸ™‚

    Post # 6
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    3555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I booked my venue without seeing it. We’re having our wedding in our hometown and were unable to make it down to tour. I corresponded with several venues via email and then sent my mother and father to check them out in person. My mom made me a private facebook album so I could see lots of pictures of the venue. We ended up booking the first one they toured because the others didn’t come off as well over email or didn’t precisely have what we wanted. The venue even sat down with my mom and came up with a custom menu for us. We went home a few months ago and had dinner at the venue and finally got to see it. I don’t regert our decision.

    Post # 7
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    1494 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I visited my venue choices, and its a destination wedding for me and FI.   We took a weekend and visited our top 3 venues, as well as a few other places to get a feel for them.  FI’s top pick turned out to be a total bust…the place was not very well taken care of, the rooms were dingy and dark, there was zero dedicated parking….details that we wouldn’t have been able to figure out from pictures/reviews and we could only see in person.   

     

    In your case, if you can’t steal away for a weekend, I’d have friends/family visit the venues for you and perhaps take tons of photos and videos to share with you.  They an also make a list of pros/cons/concerns they have when they do the walk through for you.   

    Post # 8
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    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We’re in a similar position to you. We are moving in August and want to marry where we are settling down. I’ve found a venue that sounds perfect for us online but we won’t book it until we visit. It’s far too important a decision to make based on photographs. Unless you’ve been to an event at your venue before, or have a highly trusted friend you can send along, I would advise against doing this. You need to see how the layout works, etc. before booking.

    I believe our proposed venue isn’t particularly popular – I only found it by chance and it only caters for small weddings so it won’t be suitable for a lot of people – so I’m not going to reserve a date with them until we visit. If yours is popular, I’d ask if they can hold a date for you and then book it when you visit if all is well.

    Do you have to get married in December or could you not push the date back a few months to give yourselves some time? I don’t think you’ll have any trouble planning a wedding between August and December but you don’t want to find a lot of your guests already have plans or can’t get cheap hotel rooms.

    We are hoping to get married in around March-June next year. We are only inviting around 65 people and a lot of them are family members. We will let them know the date in September and that will give them between 6-9 months’ notice.

    Post # 9
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    4660 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I did! I live 8000 miles from the city of my wedding and am not rich enough to fly home for a venue meetup. I have only pictures and stuff to go on. I won’t see it until the day before. I’m nervous but I think it’s gonna work out well. I’m being calmly optimistic. 

     

    Post # 10
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    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Mee:  I booked my venue without seeing it. I live in NJ and getting married in Vegas. I just went by the pictures the hotel sent me. 

    Post # 12
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    3555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Mee:  My venue didn’t have many pictures on it’s website, however if you googled it there were a lot of pictures of it in photographer’s portfolios who had shot weddings there. I don’t know if you’ve looked for pictures like that, but I found it very helpful.

    Post # 13
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Mee:  Sorry, I was speaking tongue and cheek, I’ve never heard of venue insurance… I just meant that hiring a professional to check it out would act as a sort of venue insurance.  But if there is such a thing, that would be great!

    Post # 14
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    4525 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I would ask friends at the very least

    Post # 16
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have a similar situation where my FI can’t be with me to visit every venue. However, I’ve taken my brother who has similar judgement to my FI and my FI trusts him. If (and when) I find our venue, if my FI isn’t with me, I’ll certainly be sure to take tons of photos and get as much info as possible to pass on to him. You should at least see it in person before putting down serious cash for it.

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