(Closed) Selecting a venue…How many did you view before you made your decision?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

2   : )

But, I spent countless, I mean countless hours researching a ton of them.

Post # 18
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

about 6.  inquired about more though.

Post # 19
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m planning my Savannah, GA wedding from Los Angeles (but I used to live in Savannah) so I had to do alot of online research which narrowed my choices down considerably before I decided which ones to see in person.

I looked at 4 in person but pretty much knew ahead of time which was the front runner.

Post # 20
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We looked at 2.  We did tons of internet research and inquired about pricing before we even went and looked.  With our budget we didn’t want to fall in love with a place only to find out we couldn’t afford it.  So we narrowed it down to two completely different venues, a bed and breakfast and a botanic garden.  We loved both but went with the botanic garden because of the packages offered there and I loved the idea of a completely outdoor wedding.

Post # 21
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

First and only one we booked! My FI’s brother had his reception there in 2010 and we loved it! We looked around online but we decided to just stick with that one just a different room 🙂

Post # 22
7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We contacted 7, saw 5 in person, and chose the 2nd venue that we saw. It was love at first sight for me, but Mr. LK needed to see more options before making a decision. We chose based on atmosphere. We wanted a venue that felt like home.

Post # 23
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Three. The first two were meh, and the third one was a customer of Future Mother-In-Law so they were already partial to it–the first few weeks after we decided, I felt like I was a little peer pressured, but that feeling has since left and now every time I see it or visit I love it even more!

Post # 24
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012


That isn’t to say that I didn’t thoroughly research hundreds of others but I had a year of planning before we were officially engaged (I wish I’d known about these forums then). The front runner until we found “the one” was a marquee wedding at his parents’ house but that actually turned out to be MORE expensive than our final choice.

We met the owner at a wedding fair and then went up for a viewing (before we were engaged). The venue is a castle with a marquee and AMAZING gardens. It was just so perfect. 

Post # 25
15119 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We actually visited 6-8, but researched about 25-30+ easily.  Most were quickly ruled out if they were over $100/head for dinner only.  My spreadsheet was massive!

Post # 26
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I started by emailing about 10 places, and then from their based on price and random other things, one place wouldn’t allow a dj… we picked our top 4 and visited them all on the same day. They were all great but one stood out above the rest so we made our choice.

Post # 27
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We visited three. We’re having a destination wedding at the Outer Banks of NC and there are very few venues that can accomodate the number of guests that we want to invite, it definitely narrowed it down.

Post # 28
484 posts
Helper bee

Just 2; a plan A and a plan B. Although plan B turned rapidly into plan A when the words ‘no corkage fee’ were uttered…

Post # 29
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I looked at only one and booked it and to be completely honest it was the worst mistake of my life!!! The venue is defiantly over rated and very over priced! I went to a bridal expo at the venue months ago and loved the place I was quoted a price I came back not even 30-45 days later and was told that the prices went up and that they had some renovations done ???? (Really)!!! I could not tell! but because my heart was so stuck on the place I still went ahead and booked it even though it was way over my budget (from what they had quoted me in the first place) and now I am getting treating calls from them for the remainder of the deposit but I am going to just  take that loss and go some where else.

Post # 30
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I looked at a million online, but we actually only went to one.  We loved it, and booked it. Easy!

Post # 31
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I think I visited 5 or 6. Almost all of them were immediate “no”s. But I looked at a farm that catered to weddings that came with virtually everything (but cost a lot). And a museum that came with nothing, and the cost was ok. So I decided the farm because we wouldn’t have to spend much on decor and didn’t have to pay per plate, or for centerpieces, table cloths, chairs, etc etc. It turned out great and there were flowers everywhere so it was just the perfect spot! They also didn’t have all kinds of rules about alcohol and red wine (the museum didn’t like that at all). Haha!

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