Post # 47
@MsGinkgo: I didn’t even see my venue! I’m have a Destination Wedding in my home state, so my mom looked for me, and what she reported back sounded great! Beautiful mountain view and right in our price range. It’s not “perfect” but I am really happy with it and I am so excited to get married there! I quickly realized that with my budget I was very lucky to have that venue and I wouldn’t change a thing. Hopefully I still feel that way in 2014! I don’t see why I wouldn’t!
Post # 48
I saw my venue online while I was “online planning” before our engagement. I knew we had to go at least check it out. As soon as I saw it, the only thing that would have kept me from booking was pricing. Luckily, it was very reasonable and way below budget!
Post # 49
I wanted to vote for all of them! lol
For the reception hall, it was slightly over our budget, but included WAAAAY more and was WAAAAAY nicer than any other places we looked at. And they were so friendly and professional and hugely popular so I had confidence in their services.
For the ceremony venue, we chose a newly remodeled theater. Again, it was WAY cheaper and WAY nicer looking than any other theater we looked at. And after looking at ….oh….8 other theaters/other options, I was GEEKED to find this one.
However, at the theater, we are going to be their 1st wedding, so I am a little nervous but they’ve been really welcoming and sweet so I have high hopes!
Post # 50
It’s funny about the venue we ended up choosing. The venue I initially really wanted was out of our price range and not as spectacular in person like in the photos plus everytime i thought about my wedding I kept picturing our venue . When we went to look at the venue I went because the price was right and it turned out to be very close to us. I was not impressed by the outside and thought i would be be venue hunting a long time…. but then I walked into the space and was literally blown away. It took my breath away. I seriously was in love and could not believe our luck. I would have my wedding there over again.
Post # 51
We had a total moment. Well, in reality we had a couple of moments. We loved the venue on the internet and when we drove out there (it’s about an hour from my mom’s house) I’d started worrying it wouldn’t live up. There’s a little village connected to it and we walked around the village for a little bit before our meeting and loved that (that’s where we’ll be taking most of our photos before and after the ceremony). When we went to walk into the actual venue though, all three of us (me, Fiance, and my mom) had this “oh, shoot, this is not it at all” moment that none of us vocalized. We went on the rest of the tour and learned that the way we walked in was the entrance to the restaurant side, not the way our guests would come in to the wedding. The rest of the venue was so spectacular we ended up changing our date just so we could have it there.
Post # 52
well we saw 2 places today – a banquet hall that is INCREDIBLY reasonably priced but it’s a banquet hall and really nothing spectacular (which I think kicked Fh into gear he hated it so much) the second place – Black Creek Pioneer Village – I love, I can toally see myself getting married on the porch of the ‘Town Hall’ with my guests on the lawn. They were setting up a wedding today which helped. BUT after visiting this place (which is reasonable BUT we have to use their caterer etc) FH said he likes McMichael (which I fell in love with a week ago) better (YAY). So now we’re trying to work out the transportation cost, we have to have a meeting with their co-ordinator and choose a caterer, that will come down to who is the most flexible. Right now the price is high (18-20k all in) (180-200pp taxes grats etc incl). I’d like it to be more like 130pp all in but I don’t know if we’ll get that low.
Post # 53
I was open minded and trying to be careful with costs. We pulled up to the venue and it waperpetuity from the outside but not wow…
THEN we walked in and I teared up and my fiancé was speechless. We totally had that moment. I tried to look at other places with an open mind, but 3 weeks later we went back to book it!
it also helps that the prices are incredibly reasonable, it’s literally my stream space I never thought I cpoults have, the owner is sooooooo involved and the sweetest lady ever, and they sent us home with a “tasting” aka a huge bpppor every food choice to try and we were blown away by the quality and choices!
Post # 54
@MsGinkgo: I got the right vibes, it’s a beautiful place. I wanted a marquee wedding and fell in love with an estate with beautiful scenery and gardens but the cost and amount of organisation required scared me, as well as the unreliable British weather.
Post # 55
I knew immediately when I walked down the stairs into the lobby that it was our venue. Immediately. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I had to stop to catch my breath.
Post # 56
It was a combo for us. I did extensive internet research on venues in multiple cities. I ended up with 2 places that gave the vibe we wanted in our price range. Both of those 2 look amazing online.
When we visited, we loved both of them, but one of them is also a hotel that we could have exclusively for our guests for the weekend while the other is a more standard 5-hr venue (also a vineyard by day). Even though it has a smaller guest capacity, the combo hotel/venue one was it for us. It looks amazing in pics, gives you a great feeling when you’re there (including the bathrooms- they even had one painted close to this seafoamish/aqua color I love that’s part of our wedding colors- yes, I was so excited I took pics in the bathroom). It’s slightly cheaper, means we don’t have to figure out transportation to/from ceremony/reception for half of our guests, and it lush outdoor setting by the pool makes it so we can spend significantly less on decor. Since it’s a destination wedding, our guests’ reactions to the venue online also mattered in our decision (they all loved it and wanted to stay there at some point even if we didn’t get married there).
Post # 57
I did! And we went 3 times before we actually booked and I fell in love with it more each time. That’s when I knew it was it!
Post # 58
No. Ours mostly came down to price, convenience and size. I’ve always wanted a small wedding, so our bed and breakfast matched all of the needs, plus the $1000 price also made me happy.
Post # 59
@MsGinkgo: I had a “this is the one” moment for my venue. I knew when I saw it online that I HAD to see it in person. And once I saw it in person I KNEW it was The One. I had more of a moment with my venue than I did with my dress, LOL.
also, FYI, we booked it 11 months out. You still have time to find a venue, so BREATHE! 🙂
Post # 60
Fiance and I actually both had “the feeling” actually, but if I had more money, I would have picked a different venue. It was the “one” in our price range.
Post # 61
I honestly liked my venue second best at first. The one i loved was more elegant.. But then Fiance and I weighed the pros and cons and the one we chose had a better “flow” and would be less crowded. Also my Fiance and his friends had already been to the first place for a different wedding so ours would be ‘different’. Apparently this is a big deal (?)