(Closed) How long did it take you to decide on a venue?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A loooong time.  That was the most important thing to me so I spent forever scouring the internet and other resources for ideas.  Also visited a good amount of places.  I was looking for something a little untraditional.  I was engaged in September 2008 and we didn’t book a venue until June this year!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I spent an hour or two a day for a few weeks browsing places online and calling up some prospects. I browsed through many lists on the big wedding websites (Philadelphia Weddings, weddingwire, theKnot, etc) and saw hundreds of venues. Because we did not want a traditional hotel or reception hall, I was able to eliminate a lot immediately. There was one that seemed perfect, but I kept looking.

I ended up making a list of 50 potential venues, calling maybe 10-12, and visiting 4 all in one weekend. The last one, as I had suspected, was perfect, and we booked. And when I say perfect, I mean it’s gorgeous, affordable, and offers a great menu – a few of the smaller things weren’t ideal.

I think it helps to know what you want in an abstract sense before you start looking. For example, I had a few types of venues I thought would be amazing to get married in – a historical mansion, an art museum, or a garden. So when I found my venue – a historical mansion with a garden and an art gallery – I knew that it fit what I wanted.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

months. and that’s months of looking daily on the internet and booking apts and visiting every weekend, and some week days. it was awful. i even had a breakdown because i was pretty sure that our venue didn’t exist. but my fi was awesome, as i just gave up he kept taking me to places and we finally found our venue. we both walked into the place and fell in love. it’s not what i had originally pictured, but i’m ok with that because it’s ours now.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We were one of the lucky ones, we vacationed in Sedona and saw the most beautiful intimate chapel… so I looked into it. It was the first thing we booked right after I got the ring. http://www.tlaq.com It’s easy to see why though, and it met my FI’s demands of “SMALL INTIMATE WEDDING”

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We only looked at a three potential venues in-person before picking one.  I did a LOT of online research and made calls/wrote emails before visiting any, though.  Between our budget, availability, and our venue requirements, it actually narrowed our choices down quite nicely.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

One the first day I went to look, we looked at two. I knew the first one was it when I walked in. I went to the other one though because I had the appointment. I got very lucky.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I think ours would’ve gone on forever if we didn’t self-limit the search — we had our hearts set on a caterer, so that narrowed the field considerably. Most venues had in-house catering, so we truly had few choices.

It’s not the perfect venue by any means, but it’s affordable and a 1 minute walk from our ceremony. But if I could cast my net anywhere, yeah, that would be extremely difficult!

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Fiance & I spent more time on figuring out the “style” of our wedding (which we felt would demand a certain type of venue) rather than on the actual venue.  Once we decided on our style, we had criteria that helped us narrow it down: NOT the usual hotel or banquet hall; daytime; kid-friendly/welcoming; outdoors; relatively intimate (less than 75 ppl); our budget. We really had less than 10 to choose from.  Maybe go that route rather than just getting good recs from others…pick your wedding style first.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Still in the process.  We have the church, but are still researching reception venues.  I think we found the one, and are going to tour it Saturday (fingers crossed!!)

We have been engaged since April.  Fiance was working out of state from May-September, so we didn’t take our first tour until then.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

3 months.  I had an excel spreadsheet containing the amenities & prices of our desired venues.  I researched for 3 months.  After research, we selected our top 6.  Fiancé and I visited the 6 places in 2 days.  There was 1 venue that was the best.  We re-checked our budget just to make sure, went over the sample contract, and made the decision.  We brought his parents to see the place the 2<sup>nd</sup> time we visited.  (My parents are more hands off than his.  His mom was super excited.  The look on his parents’ face when they saw the place was priceless.  I wish I took a picture.)  We signed the contract and give our down payment right then and there.  Done.  No sweat, no drama.  =)

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Less than 24 hours. We are planning long distance, so we visited all the potential sites in one day and decided the next. Of course, I negotitated with them for a couple days before signing the contract, but the decision was made right away.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

about a week. HAHA! The reasoning is because he and I wanted to spend little to no money on our venue at all. we dont really care much as to where we are get married as long as it wasnt a complete dump. 😛

So we decided on my step fathers local country club. its really modest and small but its free! and thats the key word! 😉

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

My planner suggested a site based on what I told her I wanted. I looked on the website and fell in love with it, but their listed prices were out of our budget. I was sad, so I found another option. Just in case though, we booked an appointment for our tour of the original site and we fell in love with it again. We changed our date to get a better price and because it is off season, they gave us a 25% discount. We put our deposit down the same day we toured and didn’t even go to the other site.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Probably a couple of months of looking, but once we found the place we decided it was it within an hour or so. I’m indecisive. Fiance is not 🙂

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