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

posted 6 months ago in Venue
Post # 16
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Busy bee

One. And technically, I didn’t even visit it – Darling Husband went and took pictures and I said ok after seeing his pics and hearing his description. We got engaged on a Monday, he saw the place that Wednesday, and we had the deposit down Thursday. No regrets. When you know, you know. 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I looked online a bunch, called 7. Toured 4. 1 was okay but bland, 1 was a hell no, 1 was okay but would require concessions… space had flow issues, and 1 I told my bf as we drove up that it was the one. Everything else supported that decision. We went home and slept on it for a month. Then booked it. Ocassionally I question the decision, but then I look at pictures, fall in love again and stop questioning myself. 

 

Just like guys, venues are a dime a dozen. There are plenty that can fit the bill ( price, size etc),  a few that would be great options that look great on paper and sometimes only one or two that feel right. Any will work, but if you find one that feels right, why question it?

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I looked at probably half a dozen or so, but I already knew the venue I wanted before I even stepped foot on it. I thought it was beautiful from the first pictures I saw, and was the first venue I looked at as well. We did look at others to compare prices and such, but I already knew what I wanted, and compared every other venue to the one we went with. I think seeing more options can actually complicate things sometimes, especially if you end up seeing several you end up liking. Throwing too many in the mix can divide your preferences too much. I say go with what you love 😉

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I feel like I’ve looked at almost every event venue online in my city. Probably requested info from at least 10, many others had ballpark estimates online. Our goal is to narrow down visits to our top 3. Hurdles have been getting venues and catering companies to respond to my inquiries and scheduling tours.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

We only looked at one and I am so happy it has worked out (so far). I did research some venues online to compare pricing but the one we booked, is the one. It has actually taken alot of the stress out of planning and visiting places. We knew what we wanted, it was in our price range so we booked it!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

michelleh0686 :  Forgot to mention as well- I also only met with one photographer, one florist, etc.- although I did do research beforehand. And everything went perfectly! I wouldn’t have done anything differently at all. Also, it’s not like you’re “just” picking the first place you looked at. You have been continuing to look at other places and every other one you’ve seen has just continued to cement the fact that you made the right choice.

(Who knows- maybe the people around you saying you can’t pick the first place are just jealous since they had to spend months searching for THEIR weddings. :P)

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - Saint Louis, MO

michelleh0686 :  i looked at a lot of venues online but did not entertain any that I could not afford mainly venues that had food and beverage minimums. I decided to tour my favorite venue that was in our budget and I loved it and booked it later that week. I only truly toured that one venue in person because I knew exactly what I wanted.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

The venue we ended up booking was the 4th we looked at in person. I tend to make decisions pretty quickly and I knew as soon as we walked in that it was the venue for us.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

We only looked seriously at one venue before booking.  At the end of our visit, we were ready to put down a deposit.

However…we’d attended events at this venue before and were very familiar with it, and we’ve also attended events at many of the other venues we were considering. Knowing things like which venues had potential accessibility or parking/public transit issues made it much easier.  We also had looked at a fair amount online and were able to rule a lot out without a site-visit.

Our venue isn’t perfect – but none are. I used to work in events planning so I am well familiar with how there’s a problem or difficulty with every venue.  It might be bad accoustics, unsightly support beams, lack of parking, mandatory use of a subpar in house caterer, etc.  

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I browsed a variety of venues online, but we only toured one. I had been there a few times previously and already knew it ticked all of our boxes. My family, my fiance, and I are all glad to have decided so easily. 

I don’t see the point of looking elsewhere just for the sake of looking.

Post # 26
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Worker bee

I did my research online first.  I knew I wanted a rustic barn venue.  I reached out to a few places but many wouldn’t let us see it because it was off peak and they wanted me to come back in the spring when the flowers and trees were in full bloom.  I didn’t want to wait 6 months to see venues so the first one we saw was it. I had a few friends tell me they have been there for weddings and loved it so my fiance and I knew we had our place.

Post # 27
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Newbee

I’ve contacted about (not even kidding here) well over 70 venues for pricing. About 50 of them I knew when I messaged would be out of my budget. Only about 10 so far fit my budget. I have only visited 2 and we haven’t picked one yet because there are still another 5 I want to visit. Aside from ones out of budget, I have not “fallen in love” with any yet. 

 

Yes, I am driving myself insane. 

Post # 28
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I researched 10+ venues and visited 2. The first venue, I went by myself. The other, with my husband. My husband was so impressed with the second venue, he decided we should put a deposit down asap. We had not even left the parking lot and had 2 more venues to visit that day. When you get that gut feeling and it ticks every box, go for it! 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

There’s totally nothing wrong with choosing the first place you see and not bothering to look at others. 

I researched a bit, considered about 5 places, and then only toured one and booked that one on the spot after the tour. (Note: It’s a brewery a few blocks from our house, and my fiancé first asked me to be his girlfriend there so it’s kind of sentimental too.) I just looked into others online as a formality but when I knew that place fit our style and everything else we wanted—we didn’t even bother checking out other venues. 

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Online – probably a hundred in San Diego, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, all of the Hawaiian Islands. Got estimates from probably 20. Looked at 5 or so in person in San Diego. Flew to Maui for the weekend to look at the final venue. Spent 3 minutes walking around, put our deposit down then enjoyed some pina coladas!

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