(Closed) Location – How did you choose?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@gingerkid:  We knew we wanted an outdoor location with an indoor option nowhere near a religious institution. We also needed it to be treated/providing options to protect us from bug issues since it’ll be an evening fall wedding. 

I also wanted it to allow me to use my own vendors/open bar/set up my own music. And we could have it all day the day of the wedding so morning until atleast 11 p.m. Luckily around here that is pretty standard. 

We’re looking currently. It’s so fun!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I knew that I wanted to have an outside ceremony in a pretty setting (preferably with trees/greenery) and I wanted the reception space to be at the same place so no driving for our guests after the ceremony.  I wanted a rustic but clean feel.  So we checked out tons of places that fit the bill and also met our budget.  We found a place that was UNDER budget and perfect!  It worked out great.  We knew as soon as we went to see it in person. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Darling Husband knew he wanted a beach wedding. So it was almost a no-brainer really lol

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We agreed we wanted a casual beach wedding and it had to be budget friendly.  We then had the idea to book a beach house for the wedding so we started researching beach house rates from New Smyrna Beach (closest beach to our home) to Jacksonville Beach (closest beach to where my family lives.)  We wanted to pick a location that was convenient for the largest number of guests to attend so we narrowed our search down to Northeast Florida where most of our guests live.

We ended up with St. Augustine because we love the historic district (we book a B&B there at least once a year) and the prices were reasonable since early November is their low season for tourists.  Also, we are able to bring in our own food and alcohol which saves us a lot of money.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Based on your Edmonton location, I’m assuming you mean Jasper as a location choice? If you can afford the markup, I would personally do that. The mountains are so gorgeous. 

We just chose a location in the city live and 95% of our guests live in (Calgary). As beautiful as destinations can be, it made sense for us to just stay local. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I knew i wanted to get married in the City, and i knew i wanted indoor/outdoor.  Our budget didn’t allow for some of the really nice indoor/outdoor venue so originally i picked the botanical gardens in Toronto because it’s gorgeous!  but there was too many logistics involved.  I kept looking and finally found the perfect venue and it was right downtown Toronto close to home, and close to hotels where everyone was staying etc.   It went right along with the theme i wanted, the indoor space had 3 sets of large french doors that opened up onto a patio where there was a little creek running through it, there was a treehouse in the far corner they use as the mens suite for them to get ready.  It came with a bridal suite, it was perfect and all within budget.  

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

We knew we were going to have a church ceremony. We were wallking our dog along the beach one day (our normal routine) and realized that the Yacht Club we walked by all the time had a room for receptions. It’s right on the water with a great view of the skyline, so it was easy to decide to do it there. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had an idea of where i wanted to get married, the feel I wanted and the vibe but I was not tied to any one place. I had a venue that was my top pick and had to go see it in person but it turned out to be over our budget.  

It took us a couple of months to decide on a venue and even when we found one we loved, we still kept looking to see if we could top it.  We couldn’t so we booked it.  We did have to let go of a few things but in the end it is the perfect budget reception venue for us.

I did agonize for a couple of weeks about the venue but everytime I thought about it, I would come back to the decision of booking the venue.  I thought about the pros and cons of the venue and compared it to other venues and in the end, it won out.  It wasn’t our first choice, but it ended up being the best choice.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had an idea of where i wanted to get married, the feel I wanted and the vibe but I was not tied to any one place. I had a venue that was my top pick and had to go see it in person but it turned out to be over our budget.  

It took us a couple of months to decide on a venue and even when we found one we loved, we still kept looking to see if we could top it.  We couldn’t so we booked it.  We did have to let go of a few things but in the end it is the perfect budget reception venue for us.

I did agonize for a couple of weeks about the venue but everytime I thought about it, I would come back to the decision of booking the venue.  I thought about the pros and cons of the venue and compared it to other venues and in the end, it won out.  It wasn’t our first choice, but it ended up being the best choice.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

All I originally knew was I wanted a place that was not too far to drive and where I can have the ceremony & reception in the same place so guests don’t have to drive from one location to another.  I also knew I didn’t want to get married in a church.  We looked at 3 different places.  The first as a small sort of like bed & bath type place and about an hour away.  The scenary was gorgeous as the ceremony would have been outside in their garden with a gazebo that overlooked the lake.  The downside the reception could hold a maximum of 75 people including my bridal party and everything exception officiant and photographer had to be with them.  Um, no.

We ended pick picking a golf preserve only 15 minutes from our house where we could choose from multiple locations for the ceremony (we picked the courtyard which has an arch at the end), it had a beautiful room for the cocktail hour and a large ballroom for the reception.  The price included catering/bar & we can use their decorations or our own.  It also include the DOC & complimentary bridal suite to get ready, nice plus.  I knew it the moment we saw everything and the price.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We originally were thinking of having a traditional ballroom wedding in the city with a DJ, dancing, the whole shebang. However, we started realizing that we were planning more so based on what we thought we SHOULD do, not what we wanted. 

The Oregon coast has been an important part of our lives, so we thought there was no place better than getting married on the sands of the Pacific Ocean in a place that we love so much. 

Plus, the $100 venue cost doesn’t hurt either. 😉 

Post # 14
Bee
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Honestly, we didn’t care too much about the location. We decided to get married in our hometown because it’s cheaper than we are living now and that’s where a majority of our guests live! I know that’s probably not very helpful for your specific situation but… Good luck!

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