Post # 1
We think we found the perfect place for our reception and I’ve been working with the people for a while.
Except our reception is outside San Francisco and we live in NYC…So we can’t really get out there to see it until around Thanksgiving, which means that we’d probably have to sign a contract before then. Is that a bad idea? Sign a contract, sight unseen?
The other thing too is contract or no contract, we’d still have to send out Save-The-Date Cards…Ours list our website and the hotel information is currently on the website, but I don’t think we get the wedding rate until we sign a contract. Which means either we’ll have to leave the hotel info off the website until late November…?
Post # 3
Eek…I’d feel VERY uncomfortable signing anything without seeing it in person, but it’s up to you.
Post # 4
@Statutory Grape: Let me just clarify for posterity–we HAVE seen pictures, found other weddings on blogs that have taken place there and the place has gotten universally good reviews…
But you’re right. Not a stand in for in-person.
Sigh. Just didn’t want to have to scrounge up $$ to fly xcountry.
Post # 5
Is there a family member or maybe a really good friend in San Fran that can check it out in person for you? If so, have them take lots of pictures and give them your list of questions to ask the venue. That way you have an honest opinion of someone you love and trust. good luck!
Post # 6
@brookeb269: Hmm…possibly…Great idea!
Post # 7
Can you fly out for a weekend? I’d be really worried about signing a contract sight unseen. I’ve seen a lot of stories of people finally seeing a place they’d expected to love and not really wanted to use it anymore.
Do you at least have someone you trust who knows your taste our here who can check out the venue for you? Or a weekend you can get away. Since there’s a lot of direct flights, you *can* do the trip with only two days off – I’ve done it before at least twice.
Post # 8
@brookeb269:I agree. I would at least have a family member or close friend check the place out first. Putting a deposit down, especially if its non-refundable, on a place sight unseen is rather scary.