Post # 1
I have just realized I have turned into one of “those” brides. I am visiting seven venues over the next few weeks to determine finalists. They are almost all hotels. I am trully excited and nervous at the same time. I plan to do another site
Does anyone have any advice for venue visits? Also, if I do not choose a location, how should I let them know?
This is getting real!
Post # 3
For not choosing them, I went with these-
I thought the place looked dated for what we were looking for (when I didn’t like them or they were rude to us)
We are taking our time to make this decision (when they pressured me)
We loved the venue, but we have decided to go another route. Thank you so much for taking your time to talk with us!
Post # 4
I have no advice but just wanted to say yay! So exciting. I am about to start the process of looking at venues and i am a bit intimidated….I’m impressed with your schedule and hope that it goes well!
Post # 5
@HannahGrace: I’m doing about 2-3 per week. I have 2 years but I want to have something in place.
I had a traumatic experience a few days ago where a vendor told me no one was going to host my wedding on a Saturday night, won’t hit minimums, and I should pretty much give up. (On a 15k – 20k budget for 100-120 guests.) I called around and potentially found places. I really want to punch that woman.
Post # 6
@Cluelessbride10: So exciting! We just booked our 2015 wedding this week–I’m with you, I wanted to get the venue squared away early!
We only visited 2 venues. We have a large guest list, so only a couple venues were in our price range. For the one venue we didn’t go with, I just emailed them and said we loved the venue, but went with a location that is close to where we live. This is true, but the venue we went with is also way better…but the venue we turned down doesn’t need to know that!
Post # 7
Good ideas! I want to send them an e-mail afterwards just because most of them have been so flexible. We’ll see when I get there, but so far so good.
Post # 8
Before you sign a contract, make certain you understand if there are any extras? Remember, once you sign, you lose negotiating ability. Tips inluded? Rental fees? Parking attendants, restroom attendants required at your expense? A very pretty place may result in needing less flowers, so keep that in mind. If there is a minimum, ask what it can be used on – see if they will give you take out food the day or so before for a Rehearsal Dinner, if that is OK with you. If you are counting on outdoor space for pictures, what are alternatives if bad weather? Is any part of your wedding DIY? If so, make certain you certain how many hours you have facility for — for set up and take down. Be very careful about committinng to a venue based on promises of relatives that they will help pay. Unless they sign the contract, it can end up all on you. Check any online reviews or BBB, but view all with a grain of salt.
Post # 9
Yay… we just started looking at venues and I believe we found one that is inexpensive in the downtown area. Take your time, I know I am because I believe there is always better. Happy planning