How many venues?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 16
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

I did a lot of online research on probably 6 or 7 venues, and I narrowed those down to three that we toured.

I understand wanting to be thorough, but I believe that touring too many venues would just leave me confused and overwhelmed.

Post # 17
184 posts
Blushing bee

Weve visited or toured about 9 or 10. Still have not picked one and have done a ton of research. Some were automatic nos cuz they didnt have the look, some were out of budget, some were to far and not handicap accessable. We are basically playin the elemination game. Does it have everything in one location? (Ceremony and reception) is it in the budget? How far from grandma is it, will she be able to get around with ease and not feel left out? (She is wheele chair bound). We are in texas were the most popular venue is a barn wedding which we do not want. We are also having a small 50 person wedding which is very opposite of texas motto everything is bigger lol. Dont stress it can be alot just go one place at a time and do a pro/con list or a check list of what you want. 

Post # 18
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I got quotes from probably 10-12, but we only went and viewed 4 total.  We chose one of those 4.

Post # 19
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I would do all the extensive research online and getting quotes, pick my top 3 and choose from that, I feel like you can really get a lot of info by researching online and talking to the representatives of each venue rather than going in person and being super confused.

Post # 20
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

there isnt a lot to choose from where we live so i had already been to pretty much every venue in a 30 mile radius within my lifespan lol. The only venue we actually looked at was the one we chose, and even then i had already been there years before for a wedding. However- i contacted at least 15 venues to get pricing and find out whats included, and just looked at the photos of the spaces. it worked out nicely and i wasnt running all over trying to look at every place. I’d suggest gathering all the info and picking a few “top picks” and touring those rather than a bunch of venues. 


Good luck! 🙂 

Post # 21
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Colorado

We got quotes from 8, and toured 4 of those. It was a little overwhelming, but I found taking a lot of photos and keeping detailed notes during the tours helped us make our decision between the two we were torn on. 

Post # 22
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I did some research but my husband said he wanted a particular venue and I said ok sure. That was it!

Post # 23
43 posts
  • Wedding: City, State

Uhh apparently I’m the outlier…we looked at about 20. We live in NYC, and it was crazy expensive to have a 250 person wedding in the city. So we were looking anywhere in the suburbs within a ~90 minute radius…which is a lot of places! I probably reviewed 80 places online before coming up with the visit list. I just found that I couldn’t really tell for many places until we got there, and our budget fit most places in the suburbs so that didn’t narrow it down. The one we chose ended up being one of the very last we saw.


Post # 24
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2020 - Louisiana

We researched a lot and looked at a lot. I had everything jotted down and organized so we could make an iformed decision. I even took photos of the venues so we could compare when we got home.

Post # 25
32 posts
  • Wedding: August 2020

We looked at 2. Were absolutely in love with both but one was a much better value for the price. I think you should look at different style/types of venues so they all don’t feel like the same thing. There’s no set number, just browse online and if you like a venue that’s in your budget, go see it! No point in touring what you can’t afford. 

Post # 26
108 posts
Blushing bee

We got quotes/information from about 15 venues. We have toured 2 so far and are touring 3 more tomorrow. I think we are going to choose from those 5. I’m ready to just choose one so the rest of the details can fall into place! 

Post # 27
5 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

If you narrow down your venues to the ones you are truly excited to go check out, it shouldn’t take more than a handful of visits to find one you and fiancé both love. Before you visit your first venue make sure to check out their website and social pages for pictures, videos, and reviews that will give you an idea of whether it’s worth visiting or not.

After deciding on a handful of venues to visit, being prepared with the right questions to ask will make your decision a whole lot easier. Here are a few that can help filter your options:

What are your capacity limits? Ask about maximum AND minimum requirements.

What is included in the total venue cost? – Don’t assume basic equipment like chairs and linens are included in the total.

When is my deposit and remaining payments due? – Venues normally ask for a deposit at the time of signing, but how much that deposit is and when the remainder is due can vary.

How does my date affect my price? – Flexibility with your dates and times can impact the price significantly.

Do you have any referrals? – Some venues may be restricted due to privacy policies, but a willingness to share referrals is a good sign.

What are your alcohol requirements and/or restrictions? – Not every venue is licensed to provide alcohol services.

What are your catering requirements and/or restrictions? Some venues require you to use their catering services while others charge a fee for you to outsource.

Ask to see a sample contract. – When you finally decide on a venue read the final contract carefully!

Hopefully, that helps you in your search! If you would like any more tips, I have a blog post on this topic that dives into more details about what to ask potential venues. You can check it our here:

Good luck finding your wedding venue!

Post # 28
521 posts
Busy bee

I looked at probably 100 online.  But we only visited 2 in person…I went through all the photos i could see of venues i initially liked to narrow down some choices, and we decided almost immediately upon seeing the second one

Post # 29
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

oh dang ya’ll! we looked at like 20 in person! I didn’t want to settle, and kept looking until I found the perfect one. We toured it once, loved it, kept touring and then went back and got it. It was perfect because it was in our budget, and had the ceremony and reception space in one 🙂

edit: If we had a bigger budget, we would have picked a different venue probably but I’m glad we went with the one we did. We probably got quotes from 100 venues but couldn’t afford most of them. 

Post # 30
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

We only toured one – it was the same venue my parents got married at 20+ years ago and I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. We booked it on the spot 2 years out because of the waiting time/limited spaces and went from there. Best of luck on your venue hunt! I’m a strong believer of it will be a “when you know you know”. 

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