Post # 1
So FI and I have looked at two venues thus far. The first one was not our type of place, and the second one (which was the one out of my list I was most excited for) was absolutely amazing. For what we are looking for, it is the only place I found that is in our budget that is “unique” in any way. It’s on a 160+ acre wooded lot on the river, which is something we always wanted. In our area, the only other places on the river or in unique settings cost WAY more than we want to spend.
We both really want to book it, especially since they have our date available. However, it just seems crazy to book it when we have only looked at two places. My gut tells me that, after hours of researching other places, our other options will pale in comparison.
ALSO, and this is a huge factor in why we want to book, we are moving 4 hours away from our hometown, TODAY. So if we wanted to look at other places, we would have to make several trips home on weekends. This is not only a hassle and costly, but we are finally moving in together after 4 long years of long distance through college, and we are looking forward to having our weekends to do “couple things”.
Has anybody else selected and booked a venue after only looking at a few (and looking at a TON online)? Are we crazy!?
Post # 3
You’re not crazy. Book the venue. You’ve already found a venue that you love and is within budget, and it’s going to be more of a hassle to look at other venues which may not be as good as this one. Lots of couples book vendors after only looking at a few. I just booked the first (and only) officiant we interviewed for our wedding.
Post # 4
@SarahTee: Depending on the depth of your research, you could very easily be ready to book after seeing only two venues. FI and I did the public tour of one that we were considering and the official tour of a second. After that? We booked the second one because we hadn’t been able to turn up anything else promising with extensive searching. We have no regrets booking the second place we visited (or first, since we didn’t get the wedding tour of the first one). If it feels right, fits the budget, and you can’t find any red flags, then go with yor gut.
BTW, FI and I are both PSU alums.
Post # 5
There’s nothing crazy about booking a venue that you love, even if it’s only the second place you looked at. If it fits with your vision, it doesn’t matter what number venue it is.
Post # 6
@ArtDecoDC: I’m a proud class of 2013 alumna! My FI is actually going there for grad school, so we are moving out there. Thanks for your insight!
@spiffanee: Thanks ladies! I already feel better
Post # 7
We only looked at 2 venues too. I looked at loads online, but really fell in love with our venue. If you’ve already done you research online, I say go for it!
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
We’ve looked at 6 or 7 venues and had our hearts set on a different venue, but once they stopped returning our phone calls and couldn’t even schedule is to come sit down and finalize numbers/budget we went with A last minute recommendation from a friend because their wedding coordinator is so amazing we didn’t care what the place looked like. (Don’t get me wrong its beautiful too) but she blew us out of the waters. We don’t any day of coordinator who will personally drive guests home if their too drunk to drive. :3 if you love it and they have your date, book it. Depending on the deposit and whether its refundable you might find somewhere else. If you do you make the descion. If not you still have your original choice! Make sense? 🙂
Post # 9
I’d go for it! You obviously love it! We honestly only looked at ONE spot and booked it. Sure it’s not our “perfect” spot, but it was in our budget and we’re going to decorate the shit out of it to make it “perfect” for us. 🙂
Post # 10
@SarahTee: if it makes you feel any better, FI and I have our first venue appointment today, and I’m fully prepared to walk away from it wanting to book the place. I’ve done a lot of research online, and nothing else I’ve found seems to come close. The pictures are beautiful, it has certain features I like, and the price is excellent. So if it’s equally nice in person and we like the owners, why not? FI and I don’t do well when we have too many choices, and we don’t want to stress too much about finding a venue. Also, like your venue, this one has the date we want.
So if you’re crazy…I’m super crazy!!
Post # 11
We only looked at three venues before we picked ours, so totally not crazy. If it’s the absolute perfect venue, nothing else is going to compare after it. Also, they have your date available. I say snap it up now before someone else shows interest in it!
Post # 12
We booked the first and only venue we looked at. Go with your gut!
Post # 13
@SarahTee: go for it! We only looked at 4 or 5. When you know you know, and it sounds like you love it so go for it 🙂 Don’t drive yourself crazy looking at a million different places.
Post # 14
We only looked at one venue and booked it the next day. There’s no need to sift through every option if you’re perfectly happy with the one in front of you 🙂
Imagine trying to do that with men before choosing one to marry…
Post # 15
@SarahTee: if this venue suits your needs and fits your budget, go for it. just make sure that they give you all of the hidden costs up front so that there’s no surprises.
does this venue offer full service, linens, tables/chairs, catering, staff, bar, etc? if not, make sure you price these out before booking to ensure that it is still in your budget.
Post # 16
You’re not crazy!! We looked at 2 or 3 and booked ours! We looked at a TON of them online, but because of the pricing or location or whatever, we ruled a bunch of them out. We booked our venue within 2 weeks of getting engaged! I literally did ZERO wedding planning until I got the ring!