Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Just want some feedback on this. I’m researching locations that can do ceremony+location with a package deal in our price range ($6K for 50-75 people). I have a few other criteria being I DON’T want it at a hotel or a golf course (there are a ton in my area). That being said, I’ve ruled out pretty much every single venue except for 4 or 5, two being my top choices which I’ve already RSVPed for open houses in the next few weeks.
Does it really matter if I don’t actually visit a lot of places? People are talking about having a spread sheet and writing down prices and all this work for a ton of venues, but I have a pretty strict budget and a pretty clear picture of what I want. Am I going to be surprised when I actually start doing these open houses? Or are some brides less picky or on a bigger budget? Should I be looking at my B list venues or ones that I think are out of my price range? Just looking for some thoughts on this since my wedding is so far away, and I’m just in the beginning stages of planning.
I don’t want to sign the first contract I come across, but I also do not like events planning, so there are a few things I want to DIY for the uniqueness, but everything else I don’t really care about as long as it looks good and people have fun.
Post # 3
I only visited 4 venues for my ceremony/reception.
I felt like I had enough seeing those 4 venues and picked my favorite.
Post # 4
i’m planning from across the country, and I am also not visiting a lot of places…that being said, I am trying to stay within a strict price range, so that has automatically narrowed a lot out. I think if you do your due diligence with research and read lots of vendor reviews you should be fine.
Post # 5
We visited out first two vanues on the same day. I booked the 2nd one over the phone 30 minutes after we left.
I haven’t regretted it one bit.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Thanks! I have been reading online reviews quite a lot (I actually took one place off my list because it got such bad reviews). And with pictures, pricing packages online (or by email) and Google Maps, it seems like I don’t really need to visit many places. Everyone’s feedback makes me feel much better. 🙂
Post # 7
We only checked out one venue in person. We had a very clear idea of what we wanted, and when the venue price came within our budget, we went with it. Picking a venue is kind of like picking a gown; you will know when you find “the one”, whether you look at 1 or 50 or 100 or more. When you find “the one”, you should probably stop looking at other venues, even though it might be hard to not look. There will always be something else out their, but if the venue you are looking at fits your vision and your budget and wedding date, I would just go with it.
Post # 8
Nah, I think you’re fine. There’s no use in wasting time visiting places that you clearly don’t, so why bother? I know that I am limited in my area by the number of people we plan to invite and the budget we have, so we are down to only about 4 or 5 options also. No big deal!
Post # 9
I went to visit 7 places. The one we chose was #6. If we had seen that one earlier in the venue hunt process I never would have made appointments with the other places. I knew the second I walked inside. So, even though we saw a ton.. I say when you know what you want, you know. Why waste your time visiting other places??
Post # 10
I visited only the one I booked – and I actually put my non-refundable deposit money down on it before I even saw it in person. I knew what I wanted and they only had a few dates left for the following year. Don’t worry.
Post # 11
Like you, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted and did a lot of research online. I only visited two venues, and ended up booking the first one we visited. If you know what you want, then don’t waste your time visiting a ton of places.
Post # 12
i booked mine before i visited. seriously, with everything online these days, it’s just not as necessary to actually go to all of them! plus, i’m planning cross-country.
Post # 13
We visited 3 venues. We visited two in one day, then made appointments for two more a couple weeks later. At the first venue that day, we knew we’d found the place, so we stopped there and cancelled our afternoon appointment rather than waste the person’s time there.
We were able to rule out a large amount of them on paper as well… I think if we only visited one it might be a problem, but I don’t think there’s a need to spend hours upon hours touring venues.
Post # 14
See how the open houses go. If you like what you see, I wouldn’t worry about seeing a bunch of other venues. We visited 5 total, and truely I had no qualms if we had stopped after #3 (the place we booked). But we had appointments at the other 2, so we visited all the ones we were scheduled for. I don’t think there is a right or wrong number of places to visit. Some folks need to look at a lot of places, others only a few.
Post # 15
I only visted 3 I think it’s best to keep options slim it’s like shopping for a house you see too many and forget what they look like anyway
Post # 16
I did a lot of research online and requested quotes from ~20 possible venues. In the end, only 2 fit our budget, so those were the only 2 we saw in person.