(Closed) How to Choose the Right Venue

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Close your eyes.  Picture your Fiance standing at the end of the aisle.  Think.  What are you wearing?  Who is standing up there with you?  Are you outside?  What things are really important to you?  To your FI?

I had a hard time getting started too… there were too many different ideas, too many variables.  We also are having a 2 year engagement- so there was too much time to change our minds!  We looked at about 12 different venues.  My #1 sticking point was cost (what’s included, is it out my range, etc.)  His #1 request was having a rugby field so we can all play touch rugby at the end of the reception.  We ruled out at least 3 venues because there was no grass field nearby.

We ended up going with a country club.  We don’t have to look for our own caterer, we don’t nee to rent tables/chairs/linens/plates/silverware… we just pick out the food, bring in some centerpieces, and get married!  The drawback is that the bar is a little pricey, so we were going to host beer & wine only.  We were ok with that, but thankfully his parents stepped in and said they’d cover the bar bill so that we can have the wedding we really want.

Don’t be afraid to look at unconventional locations, like recreation centers, museums, cultural arts centers, historical sites.  Write down a few things you MUST have, and have Fiance do the same.  Start eliminating venues based budget, capacity, and your ‘must-have’ list.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@purpleDP:  I will say that I got the “just know” feeling when we visited our venue. My Fiance got it too. But we only visited venues that were the look and feel we wanted (glamourous, italian-style places). We started in this direction because we both love italian food, so we wanted somewhere that would serve that. That might be one way for you to narrow it down. Also, think about how formal your wedding will be. We wanted a pretty formal affair. And I highly reccomend somewhere that does some sort of package. As a low matainence bride, its nice to have a lot of choices made for you. Our venue includes the food, a choice of 4 colors of linens, the cake (they let you pick the design and the flavor) and open bar. Not having to worry about picking that stuff (or at least picking it from a limited list)makes it so much easier. And a lot of places are willing to work with you as far as the menu goes, so you can still make the food “you”. And lots of places let you mess with the decor to some degree, so you can still add your own personal touches in the centerpieces ect.

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