(Closed) HELP! What do you look for in a venue?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hmmm, I don’t think I could just pick 3 must haves.. I looked for things such as : the building being closed to the ceremony, good looking building, heat & air conditioning, plenty of restrooms, a kitchen area [sink, refrigerator], plenty of outlets, tables & chairs provided. A bonus for us was finding a place with all of these, plus a coat storage, extra storage to store things we didn’t have time to use, or couldn’t use, an outside patio area, and coffee urns.

Post # 3
1543 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

1) same location for photos, ceremony, and reception

2) you can bring in your own booze (cheaper)

3) natural beauty 


our venue was a botanical garden, ceremony outside, reception inside but the reception venue was super modern and had huge glass windows so you could see the gardens. It really cut down on our decor costs. We didn’t even do any ceremony decor bc there was no way floral arrangements could compete with the natural beauty. 

Post # 4
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

beeginth:  This was our must-have list:

– ski hill (we met skiing, we ski all the time, we’re actually going skiing for our honeymoon and we’re getting married in February!) 

– guest rooms on-site (we wanted an all in one venue.  Everyone is staying several days.) 

– good food, good drinks (I know 3 people who’ve been married at our venue and all of them have raved about the food.  We went for dinner and loved it, too.) 

– under 150pp all-in (it was my absolute max per person.) 

– a non-traditional space (my #1 pick for space was a large room with these gorgeous exposed beams, and the room looked out over the hill.  But it didn’t meet our requirements above and the wedding coordinator was completely out to lunch.)  I ended up with a pretty traditional ball room.  But there is a space that seats 100 with an amazing view (floor to ceiling) windows and this swanky lounge area for the bar.  If we end up under 100 we can switch to that room.  I don’t think it’ll happen (we’re still a month and a half out of the RSVP deadline and we’re sitting at 40 accepted – without any of my FIs massive immediate family RSVPing (they have already booked their rooms and flights.  We know they are coming.) so we’ll likely still be over 100.)

Post # 5
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

1) multiple bathrooms or stalls – I refuse to host a party for 100+ guests if they have only 1 bathroom to use. It’s going to get gross and nasty…fast

2) air conditioning – my reception is indoors (in the summer), so a/c is a must

3) table/chair/linens/plates/silverware – I don’t want to deal with separate rentals for those things if I can help it

Post # 6
2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

beeginth:  For us, it was all about location. We wanted a city wedding, so finding something that was central to downtown was key. With that, we also wanted killer views of the city – which we got. Our venue is on the 37th floor of a building downtown with the most amazing views of our city I’ve ever seen. Lastly, we wanted something that was private. I didn’t want to be in a hotel or a wedding factory where we’d be sharing the place with other guests or weddings. Our venue is in a primarily business building (it’s a college club on the very top floor), so not only do we get the entire venue to ourselves, but the building itself will be basically unoccupied (because it’s a Saturday). I love that it feels like it’s our building for the day!

Post # 7
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

beeginth:  Ambience ws a huge one.  I didn’t want a huge ballroom or open space.  I wanted a more intimiate setting- but also one that accomodate all of our guests (we had about 100).

Obviously food offerings/alcohol policy and price were a huge considerations as well.  

Post # 8
211 posts
Helper bee

For us, our top three must-haves (assuming the venue had a Saturday during the timeframe we wanted available) were:

  1. Private areas for ceremony and reception onsite with acceptable rain plans if areas were outdoors
  2. Fiance and I wanted to be the only wedding that day at the venue
  3. Day of coordinator included 
Post # 9
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

1) We’re getting married on the beach in Maine but it was important to us that our reception venue be able to accommodate the ceremony if weather requires it.

2) We wanted something beautiful and unique, a little different than a standard ballroom and it had to be in the main city. I love the natural beauty of our venue as it means we need very little extra decor.

3) The food and service had to be exceptional. Our coordinator is awesome and the venue is known for its delicious food and drinks.

Post # 10
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

beeginth:  The first thing we did before seeing the venue was get a ballpark on price and options for food & drink. I did not want to fall in love with something and then not be able to afford it. 

Conveinence – I wanted a venue that was close for everyone to get to. We had only a handful of people that were from Out of Town. (Jersey, Queens, and my grandmother flew in from FL which was a surprise to me-bless her for being so active at 82!! She danced all night long with me LOL)

After the first two requirements were met, then I would look at the overall space. I loved my wedding hall, to describe it- it was like a Colonial Ballroom. I loved it. We had a our dream wedding, it was more than what we ever imagined it would be

Post # 11
8007 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

For us, we needed something that was reasonably priced, aesthetically pleasing, and allowed us to bring our own food and drink. We’re having a small wedding.

Post # 12
719 posts
Busy bee



good food


Post # 13
455 posts
Helper bee

We wanted them to have on-site catering (it’s just so much easier), a beautiful view (so we’re having it at a golf club banquet hall), and we wanted it to be relatively inexpensive (it’s around $38pp).

I wanted somewhere with a coordinator who would help plan the decor and all of that; unfortunately, that’s not happening, because there’s nowhere in my area that has that except for this ugly wannabe hotel-ballroom (that doesn’t have a hotel on it) with carpet that reminds me of a casino.  Oh well, it will be more personal this way.

Post # 14
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

1. Large, spotless restrooms. My wedding was the first event after the venue’s bathrooms had been remodeled. Awesome!

2. Working heat and air conditioning.

3. Convenient parking. No one wants to stumble around a far away gravel parking lot in heels after a night of drinking. 

Post # 15
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

beeginth:  my 3 must haves:

1) a venue that will do EVERYTHING for me. Food, booze, tables and chairs, all set up and break down.

2) a venue that allows me to get married in the sand.

3) a venue that comes with a personal coordinator.

I found it too! I’ve said in a few other threads, besides a few colorflower and food/cake choices to make. I literally have to show up and look pretty-thats it!

ETA: my venue has a valet, bathrooms on every floor, and a private garden plus ball room, with access to aprivate beach. They’ve left nothing to want.

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