How many venues did you look at before you made your decision?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
620 posts
Busy bee

Looked at countless online, considered about 5, reached out to 3 when I realized the others were out of budget, toured and booked only 1. haha I fell in love with both the venue and the price. 

Post # 3
717 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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michelleh0686 :  I requested quotes from about 15 venues, but only visited about 5 in person.

The first one I went to was an absolute no. Way to tiny and separate floors for bar and dance floor.

The second and third venues I went to were show stoppers. I loved them both and was sure both of them were the perfect venue! One of them checked all my boxes, until my Future Mother-In-Law ballooned my guest list and it was then too small.

You may think your venue is totally perfect, but I want to agree with your mom. It does not hurt to just look at another place or two. If nothing else it will solidify your choice! Who knows, maybe there is one you havent looked at that checks all your boxes but is more affordable, or is something you wouldnt normally consider, but seeing it in person just wows you~!

I feel like it’s the same advice I would give for wedding dress shopping. Be open to different options and try to hunt around at least a little! Especially since the venue is usually one of the biggest costs!

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  gunnabamissus. Reason: spelling errors
Post # 4
5751 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

We looked at three. The one we went with was on a Saturday morning, we drove to the next one straight after and the third was the next day.

If the venue you have already picked ticks all your boxes I would just stop looking. People make weddings more stressful than they need to be by spending months going on an endless search for perfection. 

Post # 5
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I did extensive research online and made a list of 10 places to consider. Follwed that up with calls and emails, adding all the information I learnt. Simple process of elimination based on budget, asthetics, etc. led me to my top two. I only physically visited these two and picked the one I knew in my heart I really wanted, from the start! 😛

Post # 6
17 posts
  • Wedding: October 2020

Two. I had researched venues online, and as a wedding photographer I’ve been to many in my area. I knew I didn’t want a hotel or a banquet hall or a bland community hall.

The first one we looked at was a newer venue in an old historic renovated church with a morracan/boho theme that I fell in love with as soon as we walked in. My fiance just kept saying it was very “me”. We brought our moms, they loved it, and again just said it was very fitting. It’s more than we were expecting to spend, however it includes a wedding coordinator, all the tables and chairs, set up and tear down, and the decor is already set up and gorgeous. 

We looked at a cheaper venue that’s still quite nice, but it would havea taken a lot more work to decorate and plan, as nothing was provided but the space.

We ended up booking the first one we looked at and fell in love with! 

Post # 7
2847 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We requested quotes from 5-6 venues but only toured two before making our decision. In fact, we toured our selected venue AFTER we booked it. When you know, you know. 

Post # 8
10541 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We looked at two but really we made our decision after we saw the first venue. We only went to look at the second because we already had an appointment scheduled. 

We absolutely loved our venue and I have zero regrets about not looking at more.

Post # 9
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We mostly went to venues open days, where we could pop in and browse rather than be forced to be polite round a definitely wrong for us venue. We looked at probably 9 venues, with 2 being appointments, and one of those was perfect. 

Open days are great as we also got to meet vendors and got goodie bags with treats/glasses of prosecco etc. So they were worthwhile even though the venue was wrong, we got our florist, cake and decor from them!

Post # 10
66 posts
Worker bee

We looked at 9, ended up going with the second on we saw. One other captured our hearts, but was way too much money and didn’t have the availability we wanted. For FH, it was between the one we chose and another, but he was happy with either and I wanted this one. Signing the contract today, actually!

Post # 11
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Similar to other bees.  I researched a bunch of places online, reached out via email to maybe 5ish, just to check dates/times availability and an estimate.  I only went to 1 in person, and that was it, did a quick video tour, showed my fiance.  That was the easy part, as for the rest, sigh..  Good luck!

Post # 14
1264 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I only visited one before making my decision- like you it ticked off all my boxes and I just knew it would be perfect. I also had an old coworker who’d had her reception at the same place and talked to her a bit about it. 

I guess I’m just a “when you know, you know” kind of person. I also married the first person I ever seriously dated. There’s no reason you have to keep looking at other places “just because”- you found your place first, which is great!

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