(Closed) Help! Securing a venue sight unseen

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I am a great believer that you can spend endless hours researching your options and it doesn’t necessarily make you any better off.  If you have talked personally with people who thought it was wonderful, and if your mom ends up thinking it’s a good choice, I would just go with it.  It will be one less thing to stress about.

We actually booked the first venue that we physically looked at.  You can see lots of photos online, so I had cut down the prospective list quite a bit based on that, and on locations and such.  I already knew what the venue looked like, so most of my decision was based on talking with the staff – which was the main reason for our meeting.  I have girlfriends who spent dozens of hours over a few months scoping out venues, but I just didn’t feel like it was worth my time, once I found one that I knew would be really nice, and with a staff that was very attentive and accomodating.  Sure, I could have spent a few more weeks driving around to appointments – but like you, I was seeing that places were booking up for the dates I wanted.  So I wrote the check and never looked back.

It’s really up to you, but please don’t feel like you have to visit dozens of places to fine "the perfect one."  If you think this one will be perfectly fine, I don’t think it’s an issue to go with it sight unseen, provided that your mom gives it the thumbs up.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you’ve spoken to the sight, they are flexible, nice and competent I say book it.  I spent weeks looking for a venue that had just the look I wanted and although I still love it, I think knowing what I do now I would change it in a heartbeat for a place that is more organized and capable.  If the pictures are nice and other brides love it, then it might be worth taking a chance.  Just remember to read your contract closely so there aren’t any surprises.  No matter what, even if it isn’t exactly what you hoped for, you have plenty of time to plan and instill personal touches that will make it a day to remember.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We booked our venue without seeing it first for the same reason…we had to sign the contract or we’d lose the date! What a bind. It turned out great because we did a lot of the research it sounds like you have already done.

The deciding factor was an idea of my Darling Husband…we used Google Earth to check out the surroundings of the venue. We had it narrowed down to two places until Google Earth revealed one was on a highway and the other was on a secluded mountain top. The promo pictures can be deceiving  but Google Earth (and now Google street view through Google maps) don’t lie!! Check both of those out before you sign. It really helped us. Best of all, they’re free!

If you need any help, PM me. The hubs can give some pointers. Good luck!! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We booked our venue without seeing it first for the same reason…we had to sign the contract or we’d lose the date! What a bind. It turned out great because we did a lot of the research it sounds like you have already done.

The deciding factor was an idea of my Darling Husband…we used Google Earth to check out the surroundings of the venue. We had it narrowed down to two places until Google Earth revealed one was on a highway and the other was on a secluded mountain top. The promo pictures can be deceiving  but Google Earth (and now Google street view through Google maps) don’t lie!! Check both of those out before you sign. It really helped us. Best of all, they’re free!

If you need any help, PM me. The hubs can give some pointers. Good luck!! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did lots of research online and ended up booking the only place we went to go see — and visiting was much more about trying the food than it was checking out the location.  I wouldn’t worry about it too much, especially since your mom’s been there.  Hopefully you can trust her judgment.

 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2004

same thing here. i did all the research online — calculated expenses, read reviews, chatted with catering managers — but my parents actually saw them in person. essentially, they made the decision.

my contribution was the way i felt about the main contact. she was fantastic, so easy to work with, and helped ease the pain of distance planning. make sure you’re comfortable with the person you’re coordinating with, because that’s crucial to your peace of mind.

we got the date that we wanted, and we love the venue so far! message me if you need any tips or help. 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am so glad I just saw your post! I am sitting at work about to cry cause I am stressing about where we are going to have the wedding.

I’m in Chicago and the wedding is going to be in North Carolina. I went there a few weeks ago and found "the place"… that was until the lady informed me that all private events have to be finished by 3:00 PM during that time!!! I was a little curious as to why this was not shared with me before…

I found a few more that will do, but I’m just not that crazy about them. I have since found some more online that I am going to have my fiance’s parents go look at but I fear that I am going to have to make a decision without seeing them in person too and that scares that $*&! out of me!

But, like the PP have said, if you have seen enough pictures (which I’m not sure if you can ! ) and the people are nice and your mom thinks it is something that you will like, then it may be best to just go with it. I wish you the best of luck and please let me know how it turns out!!!!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Pinwheel,

You just gave yourself my suggestion.  We booked our site unseen.  Fiance’s mom did check it out when she gave the down payment, but I had scoured 100’s upon 100’s of pictures in Flickr before we booked it.  I pretty much knew every inch of the place before I actually saw it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Would you mind terribly telling me where the venue is?  

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