How did you find your venue?

posted 5 months ago in Venue
Post # 16
1313 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I used Here Comes the Guide a lot (love their site).  I ended up emailing the venue we picked after a few lackluster tours of other places.  I had originally just sort of convinced myself that the venue we loved would be too expensive, but ended up emailing them anyway just out of curiosity.  They ended up being perfect!

Post # 17
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

foreverdreaming :  My dad’s boss knew someone who coordinated events at a country club, we got a great deal on it. I had never heard of the place before. I first tried looking at venues through, but they were all ridiculously expensive. 

Post # 18
930 posts
Busy bee

foreverdreaming :  Steps.

Narrow down if you would like an out door or indoor venue.

Next, what style? A hall? Banquet room? Barn, garden, courtyard, etc.

(This is where friends/families/mutuals/networking comes into play. If you knwo of someone who knows of someone who can get you a deal on a venue, entertain that idea some more)

From here look at all the possibilities in your town or area within a certain radius. 

Call all for available dates you would like. 

Go back and eliminate venues that make the least sense.


GL, bee!

Post # 19
313 posts
Helper bee

I emailed everyone in my city and two cities around, eventually the answer was clear which could offer us the date we wanted, price and services we wanted. Took a couple of months. We had 6 months to plan our wedding.

Post # 20
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Baltimore, MD

We knew the location we wanted, so we looked on the respective websites of our top two sites to see what their wedding details were. We originally wanted either the National Aquarium, or the hotel we always stay at while in Baltimore. The first one was unavailable. I had seen pictures of weddings at the hotel, so I contacted them on their website. They were quick to respond, and we set up a tour. Since we had been their on numerous occasions, the only area we hadn’t seen was the reception space. 

Post # 21
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

We haven’t booked yet, but have found the venue we want to book. I spent weeks Googling “quirky wedding venues London” and “botanical wedding venues London” and “unique wedding venues London” and various things of that effect. I was confronted with a) amazing places we could not afford and b) places we could afford that were a bit ‘conventional’ for us. We did not want a stately home or a hotel or anything like that that you see often.

The venue we have decided upon kept coming up in searches but I didn’t even entertain clicking on it because I completely assumed it would be out of our price range. In the end my mum coaxed me into requesting information, as someone mentioned they went to a wedding there recently to her and she had an inkling it wasn’t as dear as we thought. Sure enough, although at the upper end of the budget, it is in our price range!

It is actually a place very dear to my heart, as I have spent a lot of time there throughout my life seeing shows and concerts (it’s a VERY famous performing arts centre). I did not even know the wedding space inside it actually existed prior to my search. 

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