Post # 1
Very excited to do our first venue visits this weekend! I am in love with one of the places and have a feeling it is the one we will want to go with. Has anyone booked their venue on their initial visit to the place or did you come back later? Is booking time-consuming and complicated or pretty straightforward?
Post # 2
cbj9: Our venue was the first one we visited. We didn’t want to not look @ others, so we saw about 5 other places and then went back to the first one to see it again. At that time, we left the deposit and she sent me the contract via email to sign. Then it was booked!
Post # 3
Oh how exciting!! We went to look at a venue with my FMIL, it was the first one I’d seen in person (after looking at a few online). I fell in love with it the moment we walked through the gate (historic farm) and when our host told us that dates in late 2015 were booking out (this was early Jan 14) we decided on a date then and there.
I then called up 2 days later and they emailed me out the contract. I read and signed it, paid my deposit and within a week of viewing rhe venue, I had secured my date 🙂
I don’t regret booking the first one I looked at, and I’m SO glad I put my name down for my date when we were there.. Good luck with your venue hunting!
Post # 4
We looked at a bunch of venues for a couple years before finally finding the right one. We didn’t book during the visit because we didn’t want to make an impulse decision. It only took a few days of talking about it to commit, and the booking was basically as easy as them emailing us contract and us emailing it back with a credit card number.
Post # 5
We saved the one we were fairly sure we wanted for last on our day of visits, after meeting with their coordinator we were sold, we signed the contract that day!
Post # 6
I went one morning (just me) and booked it right then. I called FI and told him after the fact. He finally got to see it several months later! (He loves it too) It was the first place I checked out.
Post # 7
cbj9: It was the like the 7th place we look and went on to look about 20 more because we did not want to make an impulse decision. However we knew it was a the place because its was in our budget and the place was gorgeous. I suggest go on and look at Other venue because we never know what’s out there.
Post # 8
I booked our reception venue today! I had seen numerous pics of it and had done my research on it before hand. I went for the initial visit today and put down the deposit as well. I was only there 30 minutes total. I had already fallen in love with the pictures, so I knew this was the place.
Post # 9
I visited 4 venues, the one I booked was the last that I visited (I had been there before though). I almost booked the first venue I visited, I even called and had them send me a contract before I visited my venue, however – their contract sucked! We did not feel comfortable with it at all.
Take your time to read the contract!
Ask if venues will do holds (mine gave me a 10 day hold) or ask if they can give you a heads up if someone else wants the date they will tell you so you can book. I waited a week after visiting my venue to book because I went on a weekend to see it set up for a wedding. Booking was a simple process for me: I told them I picked them, they fedex-ed a contract and then we signed it and sent a deposit.
Post # 10
We booked on our initial visit. With that being said we knew what we wanted and I had done a ton of research beforehand. We still went and looked at another venue just because, but the first one was perfect.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I did- it only had two dates left for a reasonable time in 2013, so we booked that day. We knew we wanted it right away though! My mom and I had lunch there to try the food, then told the coordinator we’d sign on the dotted line then and there.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I booked the first and only place we had looked at on the spot. We were pretty set on the place after the initial phone call but we went to see the place to be thorough and booked it then. Booking was easy and straight forward. Once we agreed on the date I handed over the deposit and the contract was handled through email. For me picking a date was a lot harder than the venue!
Post # 13
I actually only looked at one venue and I booked it on my first visit. My wedding is a semi-destination. It is where I grew up, but my fiance and I live out of state. We looked at tons and tons of venues online and none of them even sparked our interest to look at them. We did call and email our vendor several times before I saw the place, since my fiance wasn’t travelling with me. I flew in to visit my family and my mom and I looked at the venue, and we loved it. I believe he let us put a few day hold on the room before putting any money down, so I talked it over with my fiance and we decided it was perfect for our wedding. I had another place in mind as backup if the first choose didn’t work out or we didn’t like it. We never even bothered to look at the second choose. It was a hotel that overlooked a golf course- pretty but more of a typical venue and we wanted something a bit more off-beat. And while I’ve heard great things about the second choice, I have tasted the food at our venue before and know it is absolutely awesome (it is restaurant quality food- not generic catering wedding food), and food was probably the most important thing for us.
To be honest, spending days looking at venues is a bit outdated. Most venues have pictures and pricings, and describtions of what they offer online, and it is pretty easy to tell off the bat if you are even remotely interested and it would be worth a visit. Most venues are pretty good answering email and phone call questions- there is just a lot less face to face time that people have time for these days.
Post # 14
Booking doesn’t have to take any time, the venue just wants your signature and your money, but you should probably do a bit more research than that. I made sure past brides/couples loved their experience there and the staff, figured out what was included and what wasn’t, knew capacity maximums and total cost minimums, found out the best time of year for weddings there.
I took the time to negotiate the contract and email/call back and forth first. It’s part of what I do for a living. So many of my gfs said they never even thought to try to negotiate w/ venue/caterer so they didn’t get some deals that I got simply because they didn’t ask.
Because I didn’t sign right away and asked for a better deal, I got them to decrease the site fee, decrease the food price, decrease the room block price (it’s also our main hotel), throw in some extra free spa perks, we committed to a minimum # of guests/money that is well below what we want (just in case our plans changed unexpectedly b/c of unexpected unemployment or family issues), & basically had them thinking we have more limited funds than others who have events there so they don’t try to up everything on us and they’re constantly suggesting good, reasonably-priced vendors and telling us where we can cut corners. Because of this, we’ve saved us and our guests thousands of dollars.
Post # 15
We put a hold on a date we wanted (as they only had 2 dates left in the spring/summer of 2015), but didn’t put the deposit down until a few weeks later when we were 100% sure. Ask if your venue will put a hold if you’re not 10000% certain! Ours did, with no charge, and if someone else had come along and wanted our date, they would have given us 48 hours to decide and to put down the deposit.