(Closed) How to find a unique venue

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kb7:  I dont have a unique venue but I see good venues that I never even thought of in the Knot magazine that is local for NY/NJ and NJ Bride magazine. Also, check out your local bridal shows and maybe make a thread on here and the local board for your area on the Knot’s boards.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

@kb7:  Have you tried museum’s and factories? I was surprised to find out that one of my favorite museums also has event space and it’s quite affordable! If there’s a local museum that fits your theme, or an actual factory, there’s no harm in at least calling them up and asking them about it Laughing Though with a working factory you’d probably have to make a lot of concessions on where, how long, how many and what kinds of decorations you can do – many museums are quite accomidating so, definitely give them a shot!

Once you start thinking out of the box, if you’ve been to any other location and have it in your head that it would be ‘just perfect’ but you’re not sure if they do events, go ahead and ask, you might be surprised – people are even renting out theaters now.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

look for whatever your local ‘going out’ guide is… a website, a magazine like timeout, wherever people find out about exhibitions and parties and stuff. look for launch parties, art events, exhibitions, fashion shows, one off markets – and check out the Venues they are using! don’t think about weddings and private parties, think about artsy events – they usually take space in very ‘blank space’ style venues.

Post # 6
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Wannabee

Hi there, 

I think, the task of venue selection is a  bit challenging. Would you mind looking into wedding banquet hall, not traditional ones? I had attended a wedding two months back  and it was just amazing! Loved being there. Or els, you might look into the museums. I guess, event planners can give you better suggestions. 

 

Post # 9
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you have the cash, some wedding planners will just do a “venue search” for you – basically start naming places that they know of that do weddings or maybe search in more depth.  If someone has had a wedding somewhere, they would probably know it or know how to find it.  Might be worth it if you want something super specialized.  I did this and I would have likely never come across my venue otherwise, I had been trying.

Post # 10
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am getting married at a university’s art museum.  Sometimes universities and schools have some funky looking buildings that they rent out for pretty cheap.  It is kind of hard to tell unless you really go check out the school’s options by walking around, or search “school name” + wedding photogrpahy, or emailing an event manager.  I also lucked out that this school has a highly rated catering company that does events for pretty inexpensive since their normal events aren’t weddings.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

They do list a lot of unique venues along with typical ballrooms in bridal magazines (local ones), and on other places like the knot and weddingwire.  Ours is at a distillery, but they do advertise the event space for meetings, weddings, receptions, parties, etc.  I would try searching for event spaces in google in your area or try one of the above sites.

There are plenty of spaces at universities, restaurants, breweries, wineries, art galleries, museums, catering companies, etc.

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You may want to start with the caterer– if there is one you’ve got your heart set on, they may be able to give you leads on unusual event spaces where they”ve done events before (even if they weren’t weddings).  Also look for general event space, party space, or conference space as you may find some interesting choices by leaving the word “wedding” out of your searches.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

@kb7:  Oh, that’s too bad on the museums and I understand your food delimna, food is one of my big splurges as well. If the brewery seems perfect and you have an address, is dropping by and getting the contact info straight out of the question? I also like the idea of asking the caterer – they’ve likey been to lots of places you’ve never heard of before, maybe one of those is perfect for your event.

Keep up your search, I know you’ll find the perfect place!

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