(Closed) How do you find potential venues?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Project Wedding

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

As I’ve posted before, I found everything on the Internet – specifically, my area has http://www.theweddingring.ca and http://www.kettlecreekweddings.com/ which is actually a wedding officiant site but has lots of info on venues.  Obviously I know that we are not from the same area, but maybe you can find something similar in your area?

Also, just something to think about, my Canadian wedding is not happening in my actual hometown (which is a village – the largest building is a church with a very very basic basement which would hold about 50 people).  In the city next to my village, most people have their reception at the local union clubs or sports complex which are places which do not fit our style or wedding vision.  My mum has always had a fantasy about me getting married at this inn about 15 minutes from her house.  I had chosen 2 other locations in a nearby city to check out and she was really really against going outside our local area.  However, when she saw the location we eventually picked, she realized it was much better to drive a little further in order to get a venue that better suited the style and size of the event.  Are there any cities not too far away that you could hold your reception in? 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would check gatheringguide.com. You can find anything from the venue, to the florist, photographer etc.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

what about weddingwire.com?

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

actually Dirty Delete i did a google search for wedding venues in (city name) and tons pop up, very strange off the beaten path ones actually.  If you’d like to let me know the city, I can definitely start a US search (some may be blocked because you’re in China)…

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are alot of city specific websites I managed to pull up for my tiny town, plus a general knowledge of the city helped too. Art galleries are always really awesome, but I’m biased having been a photo minor (til I got too lazy to finish the required classes). Maybe there’s a guidebook you can look at that might list popular attractions? Alot of places let you use them for private events too!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think I used Project wedding, Weddingwire, and the knot to start, then I also got recommendations from FI’s co-workers, etc. (I don’t know this area very well).  Then, I found out a great way to find venues.  Look at your local caterers’ sites.  A lot of them list their preferred venues on their website.  I found TONS of places that weren’t listed on the other wedding sites.  Just look around and find your local random caterers’ website and search a way.  

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I googled till my fingers bled and asked my friends for suggestions too. You should check if your area has a wedding resource. I live in Westchester County and there’s a whole site & Magazine entitled Westchester Weddings. It goes a little beyond our area too. Theknot and weddingchannel didn’t really help me at all – most of the places they have listed are wedding factories. I did get a few good ideas through the “real weddings” section though.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There might be a local wedding publication in your area.  I got a small magazine when I visited a venue, and it listed ALL the sites within 2 hours of me.  I would go to a wedding fair (there are usually tons in January) and you might get more ideas there.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@ daydreamwanderer, as crebre80 mentioned, you may not have access to some U.S sites from China. Maybe you can ask someone in the U.S (mum, sister, friend) to google wedding venues in your area.

Remember, museums, botanical gardens, parks, resturants can all be used as a wedding venue.

If you still can’t find something suitable in your town, look at towns/cities nearby which may offer more venues. In this case, you could hire a coach to transport guests to the venue and back if the venue is a significant drive.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m having a winter wedding too (in Arizona hehe). Keep in mind that you may be able to bargain with your venues and even vendors as not many weddings take place in winter.

We’re hopefully booking a Hilton resort for our January 1st wedding, and I’ve found that they’re willing to bargain because January is their “quite month” for weddings and conferences. We also have quite a few out of town guests that will be staying at the resortl at a discounted rate.

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