(Closed) How Many Venues Did You Visit Before You Chose \"The One\"?!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 31
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We actually didn’t shop at all!  We had decided (even before we were engaged) that we wanted our ceremony in my church and reception at the university where we met.  I called both venues back and forth for about a week after our engagement until we decided on a date that we liked and fit with both places! So happy we didn’t have that stress on top of all the other planning!

Post # 32
1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Our venue was actually one of the easiest things. We chose June 21st in the midwest and decided for a garden wedding. There is an Arboretum nearby that DH went to a ton while growing up and I had gone there as well. Choosing the smaller garden and one of the smaller rooms helped us cememnt a smaller (around 60) family and close friends wedding and having it on a Sunday saved about $1000. We had pretty much decided on that venue, and then booked it after meeting with the planner. We didn’t even have a 2nd choice, so I ‘m so glad it all worked out! We were super lucky, when my sister planned hher wedding 5 years ago, we looked at about 5 venues, after reasearching and eliminating at leat 10 more, but she had more specific limitations that we did. 

Our venue was the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. The ceremony was in the fragrance garden and the reception was in the Sycamore room (2 walls of all wondows!). It was not super fancy, but perfect for us. There were so many amazing photo opportunities and we even got to use another room for photos that had amazing architecture in addition to the grounds. Here is a photo of the garden.

Post # 33
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

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serenitysky:  My dream venue was the first one I looked at. It was gorgeous. Had an outdoor ceremony, very soft, romantic and elegent reception space, beautiful bar area and an outside space for guests during the reception if they wanted….however it was WAY over budget after we added everything up and I had a better feel on guest count (My Fiance has 70+ aunts/uncles and first cousins, really!) anyways… I had a mini meltdown and decided I was getting married in the backyard and it would be awful…then I regrouped and looked at 3 more places. The one I chose is gorgeous. It is an old historic house that has a outside ceremony space and the reception area is very pretty. It has a lot of character and charm, plus it was half the price of the other. I am havong 150 guests and its still under 10k. I am very happy with my choice.

Post # 34
176 posts
Blushing bee

I browsed at least 15-20 venues online and got it down to 4 that I was actually interested in seeing.

The first venue we went to was in a great location for pictures but the actual venue wasn’t the right fit. They said they could fit 250 in the room comfortable but to me it looked more like 150, if that. The dance floor was right in front of a flight of stairs and the whole place was laid out funny. It was beautiful but not for us. The second place we loved but they were kind of pushy. The lady kept telling us we better sign a contract soon because she couldn’t tell us what 2017 prices would be. It was a beautiful spot but considering what you got for your money, it wasn’t right for us. The third place was a nice barn but the grounds were not well taken care of. It was a no pretty much from the start.

Then we went to our venue. Which we both really wanted to be the one and it was! The owners were amazing. This place wasn’t even done yet but they shared with us their plans for construction and we were sold. We are getting married in a Barn with high ceilings, old barn wood, farm tables, twinkling lights. Its just beautiful! We booked that day.

Post # 36
2343 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We knew that we wanted to get married in the Yarra Valley (wine region of Victoria, Australia, nearby to where we live). We knew that we would have between 100 and 120 guests on the list. We knew that we wanted our ceremony and reception at the same location. We knew what we were willing to spend per head (food and drinks). So, I took this information and looked into every venue in the Yarra Valley that did weddings, crossing out those that didn’t fit our criteria (too small, far too large, too expensive, didn’t allow ceremonies, etc). This left me with about 11 venues, which my Fiance and I looked at together. From there, we chose a handful that we liked and went out to see them in person.

The first venue we saw was on the upper end of our budget. It was really nice, but the ceremony locations were less than ideal (those visiting the cellar door would be able to watch our ceremony!) so it was a no. The second ended up being the venue we actually picked – we liked it on paper and liked it even more in person. The third was my favourite on paper, but looked really old and rundown when we arrived (plus the ceremony locations were tiny). The fourth was really nice but the reception would have to be set up awkwardly due to the shape of the restaurant, so it was a no. And the fifth ended up being a close contender – my Fiance loved it but I really disliked the ceremony location (it felt like an add on, like no one had really considered it). We went back to the second venue for another look and booked it a week later.

Post # 37
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

I actually haven’t seen our reception venue in person….I found it online ages ago and fell in love with it. My parents, FI’s parents, and Fiance all visited the morning of my proposal when Fiance was supposed to be golfing haha. The online photos are seriously amazing though.

Post # 38
3053 posts
Sugar bee

The first one was a beautiful garden but we soon realised there wasn’t enough room for the marquee size we would need. Such a pity

The second one was WAY out of budget and didn’t match my vision at all. The reception area was a permanent marquee with no air conditioning, and it was a warm spring day when we viewed it… Our wedding is in summer so that venue was quickly rejected!!!

The third one fit what we wanted quite well but it was in the middle of nowhere and majority of the accommodation was awful bunks for school camps and that put us off enough to rule that venue out!

The one we booked is a complete blank canvas, has the long dark tables I really wanted, was really well priced, no venue fees, is close for my whole family (FI’s family all live interstate), has good rooms on site and enough other accommodation close by


Post # 39
130 posts
Blushing bee

Researched ours on-line.

Only saw one that really stood out and looked perfect, so we booked it without even seeing it in person.

Saw it for the first time when we arrived, and oh wow was it magical and perfect. Too easy.

Post # 40
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Saint Domingue

We knew we wanted Tenney Park and we got Tenney park.  My fiancé stood in line at the parks office on lottery day to get a date for our wedding so we could have the park.  No other venue made sense to us as a couple.  We’ve fished here, walked here, watched fireworks from here, marveled at bats and the sunset and even endured more than one child’s meltdown: it’s the place. 🙂

Post # 41
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We saw 7 all together including the one we chose! I really spent a lot of time looking for venues online. I knew we wanted something more outdoorsy so we never even inquired about country clubs or hotels. We looked at wineries, gardens and barns mainly.

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