(Closed) Searching for a Venue – how many did you look at?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Runnergirl47:  My Fiance and I looked at 6 venues in person and I looked at dozens online before we chose ours.  When we went to look at our venue, we weren’t expecting too much since at that time they didn’t have alot on their photo gallery on their website but once we got there we knew it was the one and then when they told us the price which was wayyy under what we thought we would pay it sealed the deal. The cost for the venue for 5 1/2 hours with fully staffed and stocked bar, tables, chairs, etc. was $1500. Food was not included but they let you choose between two of their preferred caterers. The caterer we chose is costing about $6K for 130 people not too bad for the greater Boston area. It is beautiful and we are so excited! Good luck on finding your venue, it’s one of the most fun aspects of wedding planning!

Post # 4
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I looked at every wedding venue in Maryland online and a few in DC and Virginia.  My “musts” list:

  • All indoor
  • Separate ceremony, cocktail, and reception locations
  • All tables and chairs and linens and plates etc included
  • In-house caterer
  • Open at least until 11pm
  • Only 1 wedding held per day
  • Saturday evening wedding
  • DOC included.
  • Open bar option
  • Walking distance from a hotel
  • $15-20k, the lower the better

Our end price with all taxes and fees:  $13,035.94. Also, we got a LOT more than we expected in bonuses.  =)  Our package is crazy.

Post # 5
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I should also add that I looked at over 200 online and only went to 2 in person. 

Post # 6
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We researched a number of places online and narrowed it down to 5 to look at in person. The third venue that we looked at in person was our clear favorite (and my clear fav from the online research). Just the venue was $2,500 which included tables, chairs and a few other things I don’t remember any more. Food and drink was additional.

Post # 7
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Looked at what felt like a bazillion online and 3 in person!  Good luck!

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee

We went to see 4 venues and ended up picking the 4th. We had contacted 10 or so though. Our venue didn’t charge us for the room, only the food and drinks.

Post # 10
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I looked at 5- I hated 2 of them, was “ok” on one, and loved 2 but one of those was way out of my price range so it was easy!!

Post # 11
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I looked at and showed Darling Husband countless ones online. We narrowed it down and looked at 3 in person over 1 weekend.

Post # 12
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t really look at any- I already knew where I wanted to be married.

The factors that influenced my decision were:


-sentimental attatchment (great memories)

-beauty/ romantic vibe

-suitability for my guests (handicap access)

-size (not so much of an issue because I had 37 guests!)

In the end, there was only one choice for us!

Post # 13
9691 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I looked at so many online, probably almost all of them within my area.  I emailed probably about 50 for pricing info.

I actually only went to look at 2 in person.  I had already been to one at a previous wedding, but we went back to look again anyway.  Looked at the 2nd one, even though I could tell I was going to love it from the pictures.  I picked the 2nd, but I did love things about both venues.

The venue I picked is $1500 rental fees (including chairs, tables, linens, some awesome leather furniture, and separate spaces for a ceremony and reception and bar area) plus another $500 for the ceremony.  6 hours time for the reception and an additional hour for the ceremony. Also, I have to use their alcohol package.  I am free to bring in any outside caterer.

Post # 14
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

we looked at like 40 online…went to see 8 in person….and this has been the hardest process thus far 🙁

Post # 15
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

we saw four and ended up booking number 4.  We had a feeling it was going to be the one – they are so busy we had to wait two weeks to see it.

We are paying $300 for the ceremony space and $60 pp for appetizers, top shelf open bar, three entree family style dinner, pizza, and a dessert table.   

Post # 16
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I looked at a ton online, emailed and spoke over the phone to a ton of them and we only went to see about 5 in person.  The 1st one I saw was nice but so not wedding material.  The second one we went to was the one we booked with.  The 3rd one was my number 1 but it was way over our budget. The 4th venue was nice and fi liked it but it wasn’t what I was looking for.  And the 5th one was fi’s least favorite of the 5 (he didn’t see 1 with me in person).

Number 2 (our venue) is costing us less than $450 for 150 guests to just rent the space.  We liked the look online and was blown away in person.  The price sealed the deal.  And proximity to our house.

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