(Closed) How did you pick your wedding venue?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I wanted a neutral classic looking venue with a beautiful ceremony room, definitely no dusty old libraries or corporate hotels with lurid carpets. I was open to the idea of a barn but it wasn’t my dream at all. Where I live in the UK this is a very tall order unless you have over £10,000 for venue alone! I found my dream venue online and fell in love before I ever visited. It was in my price bracket but booked up 6 or 7 days a week for months. Being 40 I had no time to waste so I went for a Thursday.  Not ideal but it was so beautiful it was worth a few people not coming  or leaving a bit early. You do have to compromise on something! 

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

We lost our original venue five months before the wedding. We also lost the funding for it (long story). So we had to scramble to not only find a new venue we could afford, but one that had our ‘date’ available. I literally googled “cheap wedding venues in [my city]. I booked visits with three, and went with our venue. It was the first one we saw, but it ‘ticked all the boxes’ and at that point I really just wanted a place.

While everything was great and worked out for the best, if I could do it all over again I would have AT LEAST went to the other two venues I had scheduled visits with. 

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’d second the people who said they chose a venue based on photographability (that’s probably not a word.) I wanted a place that was a ways away from the city but more importantly, I wanted one that would be a good backdrop for photos because most couples get their wedding portraits/bridal party photos done at the reception venue. IMO, it’s important to look at a venue with an eye towards what beautiful wedding photos you could take there.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

Sentiment won out: it was the location of one of our first dates

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I knew i wanted it either on on near the water but luckily I grew up in a town that is surrounded by water. I went back and forth between a couple venues as they were both contendors but we ended up with a golf course. It wasn’t cheap but is pretty and is near the water. We got married at a church in the same town so it wasn’t a far drive from one to the other. Here is a couple pics where you can see a bit of the water/rocks behind us and another of my nephews showing a pic of the venue/our decor. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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snowflake8 :  Mind sharing what happened with your first venue?

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We wanted a location on the water BUT I was very picky in that I didn’t want to walk on the beach.  A photographer at a bridal show that I went to after suggested our place.  We looked at it and really liked it but wanted to look elsewhere.  Most other places that fit the bill were either a hotel and thus expensive with the in-house catering or 2 – booked for the dates we wanted.  Since we were already at about 10 months from wedding date, we didn’t want to risk losing a chance at our second choice date at this venue.  We grabbed it and are happy.  I just hate though that our first choice date (our current anniversay) was already taken.  We just went a week forward and now we get amazing looks when we say it’s on April 1st.  (First reactions – April Fool’s Day?)

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Before we were officially engaged, my Fiance started talking about what we wanted. The ceremony location was easy: I want to get married in my church. Because that was so important to me, I wanted him to have more say in the reception venue. Apparently finding an outdoor venue that 1) fit our budget, 2) has pavillions or other covered areas, and 3) fits over 200 people is a tall order. We both searched online, mostly by scouting out all the Parks & Recreation webpages for local cities and counties. In the end, we found 3 places that supposedly met our criteria and visited them all. Only 2 really had what we expected, and we fell in love with one of them.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

I’m an LA local and looking at all the venues here made my head spin… Easy 5k+, 10k+ not unheard of for spaces. It was either spend no money on venue and get married in our church (which we didn’t like because aesthetically it’s pretty… boring), or find somewhere outside of LA. We both have always wanted to get married outside, and that was our only criteria when first searching besides being able to fit all our guests. We found an amazing little zoo that my Fiance used to go to as a kid that’s about 2 hours away, lots of space, tons of included amenities, beautiful gardens, just perfect. We get to get married in front of a waterfall with cacti and flowers all around and our reception in another palm garden space. Going to be 3.9K tops for venue itself, and still bartering so might end up cheaper. 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Interestingly I am having a breachfront wedding, something I had never imagined for myself.  We are flying our small group of 20 guests to FL and Tide The Knot is planning our wedding.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee

Our wedding venue is really well-known in the city near where I grew up, and I had always wanted to have my wedding there. DH didn’t really care one way or the other. We “considered” other venues, but it was never really a question which one we’d end up choosing.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We got married at the summer camp I went to as a kid. 

Cool old chapel? – check

Dining hall? – check

Lake? – check

Trees/nature? – check

Sentimental value? – check

It was pretty much perfect for us.  I couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else! 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We picked our wedding venue based on our menu being of portuguese cultures food is really important in a wedding, so we picked a venue that catered portuguese food. Size also mattered since we are having an extremely large wedding.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Fiance works at our venue and when they told him we could have it for free I couldn’t think of any venue that was good enough to be worth paying for instead. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I always pictured myself getting married in a church. We were thinking of getting married either in our church or at a camp in the mountains. We were secretly hoping that some friends of ours would offer their backyard on a lake with a mountain view. They did offer it to us! We are very blessed to have such a beautiful free venue!

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