Post # 1
I posted yesterday about visiting my first venue, and that I was very excited about this specific venue. There are definitely a ton of things I love about the venue, but I do have a few concerns that make it less than ‘perfect’. However, when I consider my other options, I don’t even really want to see them, b/c they definitely aren’t what is ‘perfect’ in my mind either. What is ‘perfect’ in my head just doesn’t quite exist lol!!
When ever I start thinking about other venues, I feel kind of disappointed in comparison to the one I visited yesterday – so I guess that is a good sign that it is the right one?
Post # 3
We visited about five venues and the one we have picked was not the one which i first had my heart set on. The difference was the other venue were not very friendly and they didnt seem bothered if they had my business at all. The one we have chose are brilliant, they bent over backwards to help us and wanted to listen to all of our concerns. I asked the venue if i could come back and see the rooms were are having for our ceremony and reception before a wedding to see how they looked and after seeing them transformed from just an empty room to a gorgeouse setting with chair covers, flowers etc i knew we had made the right choice.
My suggestion is look around, the one which first takes your eye may not be the best one for you, thats how it turned out for us.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
Hi TealaB–We’re still working out our venue, but we’re SO close to signing a contract with them.
We visited over 50 different places to look at for our reception! We looked at so many options that when we finally found this place it was like…a no brainer that this is what we had been looking for. If it feels right to you and the other places just don’t make you as excited, then chances are it’s the right place!
Things aren’t always “perfect” though, and chances are you’ll have to compromise a bit on your vision to suit your vendor and your budget, but in the end, it’ll still be the right choice for you and perfection is SO overrated 😉
Post # 5
We visited four venues. Hated the first one, loved the second one, third one was “blah” and the last one was it. I didn’t have some special feeling when I saw it, but it was beautiful, it was a good deal, and the people were great – very accommodating. It worked practically (in terms of location and budget), and fit our vision as well. There are more than a few little things I would change (we can’t have a tasting, we can’t have a rehearsal there, limited bathrooms, etc) but overall it fit our main criteria.
Post # 6
Thanks guys 🙂 The place I visited is definitely unique in a way that is special to my Fiance and I. Other places just don’t have the ‘wow’ factor that makes it personal like that. Its up on a mountain, with a gondola you take to get there, and an amazing city view. The resort itself is pretty fancy and the menu they provide is very nice. However, my only concern is that being up on the mountain will give the event a more rustic/casual feel, vs. the formal event that i’m planning. However, every other place I’ve looked at pictures of (aside from high end hotels which are out of the budget) the rooms all look somewhat casual as well, even if they are considered to be relatively formal. I guess that is just how things are on the West Coast!
I think I just don’t like the look of banquet rooms or something! However, with the proper decorations that could be remedied for the most part. The preson showing me around was SO friendly and accomadating though, and she made it sound like the venue was quite flexible – so that would definitely help.
Because its up on the mountain, our guests could go up early if they wanted and do a bunch of free stuff. its really like a siteseeing opportunity. Any of the other locations I’ve seen lose that element… I thought it would be nice for my family to see why my fiance and I climb all these mountains! The views, the fresh air, the outdoors….
Post # 7
My fiance and I rated each one individually on a scale from 1-10, 1 being not so great and 10 being DREAM. When we both came up with 9’s (actually his was 9.5) we knew it was the one. Everything else came up with less then 5’s.
Post # 8
I had goosebumps and tears when I saw it on the site, and then again when we saw it in person 🙂
Post # 9
Ours kinda happened by default.. Our first venue, dream location, dream price, bad caterer.
2nd venue, expensive but gorgeous went to pay deposit and as bad luck would have it one of the owners passed away.. I couldnt believe it, so the wife is selling the business, therefore could not confirm actual date availabilty.
3rd venue… doable, very cheap but a hell of a lot of diy.
4th venue, great location and absolutely lovely but business first starting up and we didnt want to risk it, being a disaster as the owner came off a bit flakey and not organised.
5th venue, last resort, beautiful but changed the whole style of our wedding. It was the last venue that could fit no of ppl we wanted and that was that. no real choice of 50 places or so. we are happy with the choice but it was the last one on the list!
Post # 10
I don’t know if there is such a thing as a perfect venue. Ours is great decor wise, but we can’t invite everyone we would like to.
You just have to weigh out the pros and cons. I think if your major “con” with this venue is that its not formal enough, then you probably can remedy that with some decor!
Post # 11
I dunno… I didn’t have like the crying moment or anything. I looked at a TON of places, we visited maybe 6 or 7. We finally found one that was willing to work with out budget, that was unique, urban, non-formal, free parking, close to downtown… I mean it just had all the stuff we’d been going for. So we signed 🙂
Post # 12
Yeah, we still haven’t decided for sure, but I’m feeling more confident with venue #1. I saw some new pictures of it online decorated more to my taste, and I liked the way it looked a lot more than in the promotional pics I was given. So that is great!
I feel kinda weird that I haven’t officially gone and looked more places. I did look at a lot online (including tons of pics) and have been to a few different places over the years, so I think I have SOME idea of the other options avaliable.
Post # 13
I’d fallen in love with pics of our venue on the internet and decided to drive over an hour to check it out. In person, it took my breath away. I was worried my fiancee wouldn’t like it because the ceremony site has a golf course view and he has an irrational dislike of anything golf related. When he said “this is the most beautiful hotel I’ve seen in my life”, I knew we’d found our venue:)
Post # 14
We had an absolutely horrible time finding a venue (in Vegas – who’d think it would be hard but it was!)
We chose our venue b/c out of all the places we looked at it had the most things we really wanted – in budget, great food, an outdoor ceremony space option (NOT easy to find in Vegas) and was scalable – in other words could work for a 10 person wedding or a 500 person wedding – b/c we don’t actually have any idea how many or how few will come. We had to nix a lot of places we liked b/c they had high food and drink minimums – my favorite place had a 9K minimum – not so great if we only had say, 20 guests – I’d be pouring liquor down everyone’s throat all night!!!
Oh yeah, and it had to be non tradtional (no hotel ballrooms or country clubs – not that those aren’t both great but just not for us) – that part was easy in Vegas.
Post # 15
I knew the venue I chose was the right one because it had all of the things I wanted at a price I could afford…outside garden, inside ballroom, amt. of space, blah, blah, blah…in addition to it being really beautiful…
Post # 16
Not going to lie, I totally cried when I visited our venue. There are only two rules there, but I don’t like either of them- no outside alcohol/ no hard alcohol and no fireworks. Neither were deal breakers, though, cause it’s just THAT gorgeous.
I really think you just have to go with your gut on which one you feel safest dealing with.