How did you find your venue?

posted 7 months ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

Ours was a hotel next to a local wildlife park which we regularly visit. One Christmas, my SIL bought us afternoon tea at the hotel, with the idea that we could go there after one of our visits. We both separately thought it would make a nice wedding venue. When we got engaged a few months later, we both suggested it as our first choice.

We couldn’t see a standard price either, we had to visit for a chat. I’d guess because there were so many additional options and variables which would affect the price.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I did a ton of research online. Basically just typed in “Wedding Venue Colorado” and clicked on any that were in our area. Bookmarked ones that interested me and looked like they had what we wanted. I also didn’t bother with venue that weren’t transparent about their policies and pricing online.

We toured 2 venues and booked the first one.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

For our civil wedding in CA, I just googled venues that were by the Pacific Ocean and from there, I chose one with a tropical feel. For our church wedding on a later date, it will be in my SO’s country (his parish so that was already decided prior). I want a more casual, beach type wedding and he wants a classic/traditional and formal one. foreverdreaming :  

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Yeah, I don’t think venues want to scare people away with the price, and its so variable depending on what you want, so they just don’t post the prices. 

We found ours on wedding wire. We needed a place that would hold 350 people, so our options were limited, and that was the easiest way to search. Plus we just reached out on the site so we had a record of all the conversations without flooding inboxes. 

One other tip we got from a friend was to set up a wedding specific email address. That way you both have access to it and when you’re done with the wedding you don’t have to worry about all the spam coming from the vendors you inquire about 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

A lot of googling. Some emailing and a few calls and visits. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

foreverdreaming :  a looooot of googling. 

I just started typing things into google and narrowing down what i wanted. I would google around/messaging for pricing and reviews if it wasnt directly listed on the website. 

I sound super organized, but I ensure you I was not lol.  I put together a binder of my potential places with included fees and pros/cons of each one. Sometimes a venue seems like a good price but there are added fees or certain things that arent included, so you really need to drill down and compare everything. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

foreverdreaming :  I used an online resource called: eventsource.ca

I loved it because it had a ton of filter features and showed me a bunch of palces my other online searches hadnt! I;m not sure if it is local, but I am located in Canada so I’m not sure if that will help you!

Good luck Bee!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We visited about 10 venues, we just went along to open days and wedding fairs. Out of all of the weddings we’d been to locally, there was one venue we really liked for us which was our backup (my cousin is actually going to get married there next year now). As soon as we walked in to our venue we knew it was for us, but we weren’t particularly on a budget so we didn’t have to worry about falling in love with a space we couldn’t afford!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

 

In our case, we had previously attended an event at the venue we chose.  We thought it was a beautiful space, the price was great, and it just felt like the right place.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

weddingwire

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2019

foreverdreaming :  I decided to look through countless reviews on weddingwire.com of venues I loved the aesthetic of. After narrowing that down (for me I had like 20 lol), I emailed them each for basic rates for the season I wanted to get married. Usually when you email them they give you a pretty good rundown. I ended up going with a Jeffrey A Miller catering venue over here in New Jersey called Waterloo Village. After emailing the manager, she emailed me a plethora of information then called me to go through all of my questions. It made it soooooo much easier to choose the venue.

Word of advice: the attitude of the person you first contact is very telling of the experience you have. I’ve known so many people who have chosen their venue because they were beautiful, but had such a stressful experience due to the managers and planners there. At the venues run by Jeffrey A Miller, the employees are so helpful, friendly, and make it such a fun and stress free experience. Definitely make the attitude of the manager a priority in you choosing your vendor.

I hope this helps, and congrats on the wedding! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Googling basically. I typed in affordable wedding venues near Place X. I ended up going 2 hours away to a cute little vineyard who was indeed affordable based on the search. They turned out to be wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Google and talking to people we know. We knew we wanted a small event, so we researched venues in our area that would accomodate 50-100 people. I reached out to a few for available dates and pricing. We scheduled some tours. A coworker of my FH got married last year at the venue we ended up choosing, so he talked to her a lot about details and costs. 

Our venue is the event space of a rooftop bar, on top of a hotel. We’ve been to the bar a handful of times and love the aesthetic & the views of downtown, but we hadn’t seen the event space itself before our tour with the catering manager.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2020

Lots of people recommending google 🙂 I also used yelp, wedding wire, the knot, and Instagram. look at local photographers and see what venues they have tagged. I also revered engineered some catering companies to see what venues they were on the preferred list for. We ended up booking a space we found on splacer.co (an event space rental site) which is super transparent about pricing but also not available widely yet.  

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