(Closed) first time trying to find a venue

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would start off with specifics.

For us, we wanted to do our own food [brought in by fazoli’s], our own social/cocktail hour, and would PREFER to bring our own alcohol, but we WILL do an open bar if we have to. We also wanted something somewhat close, allowed us to decorate, and gave us the whole day [no split times].

These requirements alone eliminated ALOT of venues off our list.

Post # 5
Member
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Heather McAnnally:  I would personally look at ceremony spaces before you book a venue so you can plan accordingly if you don’t plan on having the ceremony at venue. I think when you pick the venue first then the ceremony space, there could be issues with distance, sometimes but not always. πŸ™‚ Other than that, I would first write down what is most important to you in terms of venues. First off being price since you mentioned a budget, what kind of ambience and feel you are going for, etc. I also think that if you are on a tight budget, I would look at venues that are more inclusive. I know there are some venues that will offer a package that includes centerpieces, catering, the cake, sometimes even flowers, etc. That is a great way to save money. πŸ™‚ And also be careful of venues that won’t allow any outside vendors, that can sometimes get expensive if you can only use “their” vendors. πŸ™‚ good luck, congrats, and happy planning! =) 

Post # 6
Member
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

In terms of budget, try looking for a state owned-property. I am having my ceremony at the Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park. It is literally almost right on the beach. We are only paying $2650 for it for a 5 hour reception, a 2 hour set up, and 1/2 hour clean up. Since the ceremony will be outside, it is not included in that time and we don’t have to pay extra for it. I don’t know where else you can have a reception on the water lik that for less than we are paying! However, I am not sure about other states, but in CT they give you a list of “pre-approved” caterers to choose from. In my case, however, it was a good thing because I love our caterer. 

I hope this helps. Good Luck! 

Post # 7
Member
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jenilynevette:  I have never heard of Fazoli’s but my

Fiance was raving about it a few days ago! He said they were in Memphis or something like that but he was going on and on about how great it was and he couldnt believe we dont have it here in NJ.

Post # 8
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@gelaine22:  It’s super good, I LOVE it.

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