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

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I looked at about 25 online, made phone calls for prices, cut it down to like 10, visited 5.

I knew when I found the right one when I panicked about booking immediately and losing the date- it was the first one I really worried about losing. I couldn’t find anything wrong with it (besides its price tag) and I was obsessed with the room, exterior, and super fancy bridal suite (where they will serve me food and chamapgne all day!) where me and the girls will get ready.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We viewed 17, I saw six other venues with my sister the year before, and we researched many more venues and crossed off the list without seeing them.  Hindsight, we should have decided what we were looking for, but in reality we didn’t know until we found it (we are too easy going and indecisive…not a good combination). 

We started looking only in the city (we didn’t have a car at the time since we live in a big city), and then we ended up buying a car during our venue search (for my job, not wedding planning…we are not that crazy) which helped expand our venue search outside of the city. 

Finally found THE venue on the last day of viewing wedding venues (I was officially cutting us off from looking at any more venues). So glad we did, because we found a venue that was perfect, exactly what we never knew we wanted. 

How did we know it was the one?  It had everything we wanted and more.  The venue books weddings in 24-48hr increments, so we didn’t have to have a wedding that was just 5 hours and the venue provides all most everything we would need(cake/catering/coordination/linens/tables/lodging, etc), at a price we would have paid for an empty room in the city!  In addition, it has a beautiful outdoor, woodsy ceremony site that was exactly what we imagined.  Venue bonuses include a bridal suite with mimosa bar (priorities!) a (rarely seen anywhere else) grooms suite, and game rooms galore for my game/video game loving fiance.  They better watch out, our wedding party may never leave!

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I booked the first venue I actually visited.  I love everything about it and we got such a sweet deal on it.  I had also done a lot of research online and called around.  Almost all the venues, that had the look I wanted, had ridiculous policies, a time limit (I hate the 4 hr reception rule), or were out of my price range. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

3, but we researched a lot more. Most we found were just too expensive. The first one we looked at ended up being too expensive with little hidden fees, the second was pretty good and the cheapest, but the third one was about twice the size of the second one and only 15 dollars more, much more beautiful, and it included a lot more extras. Oh also the second one didn’t allow alcohol and my FI’s stepdad wanted alcohol and to pay for it. The third one has a cash bar for free and one keg that we can buy. And free security!

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

we only saw one and booked it right away!! probably smarter to see a few, but we ere in love with it!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We went to 5 different venues for our AHR, but I knew the first one was it as soon as we got there.  There were at least 15 different places on the list though!

For our Destination Wedding, we only visited one.. I’d been doing online research for months though.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We toured four before booking “the one,” but I emailed with 10+, and I swear I must have researched (and priced out) every single venue within a 200 mile radius.  Wink  The decision was not made lightly, but once we walked into our venue, we knew it was right!  It fit within our budget, they had a date available during the time of year we were thinking, so we booked it!

I can’t imagine looking at tons & tons of venues…  I was sick of it after just four!  It’s fun to look & imagine the possibilities, but even more fun to commit to the right one!  Smile

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had talked about where we wanted to get married months before we got engaged. We knew we wanted it to be a waterfront reception preferably outside. Since we live down in DE ( I am in grad school), we knew we had to have it booked while we were home in Mass for 2 weeks. So the #1 place on our list, East Bay Grille, was the one and only place we looked at. We checked it out on a Wednesday and put our deposit down Friday! The only thing that was a bit tough was that there were no more saturdays available we we had to go with a Friday wedding. It will be beautiful no matter what 🙂

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We officially toured 6 or 7 and then stopped by to take a peek at a few.  I emailed countless more… We live in a high cost-of-living area and have a relatively modest budget to work with, so that really limited us.  Luckily I didn’t want a ballroom wedding, I wanted something different.  We looked at every historical site, vineyard, botanical garden, etc. within a 100 mile radius.  

We ended up booking a circa 1700s restored country inn.  Our ballroom was added less than 10 years ago, and it’s got a really cool elegant, but rustic vibe.  It was a good compromise, because it’s an alternative-looking venue, yet it has the full-scale banquet staff and amenities.  Their packages were a little more per head than we had wanted to spend, but they included a lot more, so we felt it balanced out in the end.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I considered several but ultimately chose the first, and only one, I visited.  I’d been there many times before and it was kind of the crowning glory of wedding venues.  Fiance agreed. I couldn’t be happier with our choice.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We visited 5 total.  And that is after narrowing a long list down.  I feel like if you are hitting more than ten you did not do your homework.  We said no hotel, no banquet hall.  Proximity to our ceremony site.  So that left us with limited venues.  Than I went thru with pricing and space.  That knocked it down again.  In the end we ended up with a hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel.  A fabulous hotel mind you but we ended up walking in the door without an appointment because we could not get it out of our minds, though it had been eliminated.  Ended up LOVING it.  Booked.  Done!

But def save yourself the stress and eliminate as much as you can before you go on visits.  The visits are long and time consuming and don’t we have better things to do than look at an empty room?

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wow, after reading all of these comments I feel a lot better. We’ve only viewd two in person SO far, (Deity and Galapagos) are scheduled to see 3 more next week (Rebar, Dumbo Loft and Ramscale). I’ve been researching since mid September (2 months now). Just found out my sister saw 25 venues before choosing. I hope to fine “the one” within the next two weeks!

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think we looked into three, all of which had some kind of problem…then it dawned on me that we could probably use my friend’s AWESOME Indian restaurant (I posted pics in another thread). Sure enough, he was happy to accomodate us for a very reasonable price.

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