(Closed) Tell me about finding your venue!

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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musicluvr325 :  I did a lot of research and found a few that we wanted to see. We actually ended up falling in love with the first that we visited. They had a special going on too, which made the venue even better!

Post # 3
9436 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We looked at two venues and picked the first we looked at. We fell in love with it immediately. It was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was awesome plus so much was included in the venue, including the catering which is top rated in our area, and we weren’t interested in doing much DIY. Zero regrets about our venue it was perfect and so was  our wedding day πŸ™‚

This was our ceremony site:

Post # 4
48 posts

Our venue was the second one that we looked at. The first venue was a country club that was operated by Wedgewood (one of those all-inclusive companies that will take care of everything for $X per person). It was okay, but I was not impressed. The reception and ceremony area were fine, but I hated the bridal suite and there was nowhere for the groom to get ready! I knew that I wanted to keep looking. I just couldn’t see myself getting married in a such a cookie-cutter way. I wanted a more rustic and personal feel. We found that at the second venue we looked at. I knew immediately that it was the right fit for us. Complete with beautiful, huge bridal suite for all of my girls and a converted barn for my fiance and his guys to hang out and get ready in. They even include the catering. We are so excited!


Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee

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musicluvr325 :  Hi! We haven’t booked one yet. We are NY residents planning a wedding in CA. My Mom and sister (MOH) are touring the venues for us and providing pictures and video for me to see. They have seen two venues already, they are seeing two today and then two later. More than likely, we will choose out of those 6 choices. Three of the choices are within the same category and the other three choices are within the same category as well so that way we can compare. 

The first venue I really loved, but the wedding coordinator wasn’t the most pleasant and it turned my Mom off. I wasn’t planning to look around, but after that I thought, “hmm why don’t I look at a couple more to not only look at aesthetics, but customer service as well.”

Post # 6
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I looked at several venues before I settled on one. It’s an old train depot that was built in 1899! It has the original marble floors and was restored beautifully. The chapel for the ceremony was actually built by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.  It’s similar to the glass chapel in Arkansas. 

Post # 7
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

We narrowed it down to five then went with the first one we visited. Pretty country club set on a golf course with a man made lake view. Gave a deposit and a few months later had regrets. Its still a lovely venue…but its really not us and the weekday we chose would have been inconvenient for a couple guests. Think I was so excited about the engagement I was ready to pick any place. πŸ™ƒ Then we happened to stumble on a park at the top of the hill from our home and I was so in love with it we completely changed the plan. $210 to rent the gazebo and reserve the park for a couple hours then $1662 for our 30 guests to enjoy a reception at a nearby restaurant. Fiance just paid the deposit today. Still have my water view and our wedding has now changed to a Sunday brunch. We were going to have a catered buffet in the picnic area of the park but both the equipment rental company and catering place I was working with stopped responding out of the blue early November. It was very odd and I’m not even a fan of buffets so had no problem looking for an alternative. I’d narrowed it down to three restaurants for the reception but one of the responders had a bit of an attitude and took forever getting back to me, the other one had a slightly outrageous F&B minimum. This was my top pick bc of the view so I considered it a sign that the young lady assisting me was so helpful and accommodating plus used to be a wedding coordinator. She was thoughtful enough to include a couple pics of a previous reception on the waterfront area we chose. This was the only restaurant that provided decor set up. Per her words, “Its your day, you shouldn’t have to worry about a thing.” πŸ˜€ 

Post # 8
8674 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I picked a few locations online, but we didn’t live near the venues (yet–we moved there a few months before the wedding).  DH flew up and he and his parents (who already lived there) went to see the venues I had picked.  They picked one from the options and that was that.

Post # 9
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We narrowed down some ideas before even starting our search. 

Forest/garden setting, all-weather venue, classic styling, ceremony & reception in one place, within an hour from anywhere in our city. 

That narrowed it down to 3 places and we chose our favourite from there πŸ™‚

Post # 10
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I researched venues before we were engaged and couldn’t find anything quite right in our price range. I don’t remember how, but I stumbled across this venue online by accident. It’s not well advertised. I originally wanted a barn wedding, but we ended up with a lake resort which is perfect for us as we are constantly hunting or fishing. Once we got engaged, I remembered the general area that it was in and did some research and found it again. Fiancé loved it, so 2 weeks after he proposed, we went and looked at it and booked it that day!

Post # 11
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

We didn’t know what we wanted – but I knew I really didn’t want a hotel wedding, I didn’t want to feel like a conveyor belt.

i also didn’t want stuff with lots of unecessay extras – we wanted to chose our own photographer, we didn’t want a DJ, we didn’t want a piper so that rules out a few. 

Ideally I wanted somewhere with outside space so if it’s a nice day we can get married outside, somewhere we could get people to and from. 

We went to 13 venues before we picked ours, however we loved venue 8 but it wasn’t in our budget in the end 

Post # 12
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We got married in my home church. We chose our reception site primarily for three reasons. I’ve been to a few weddings there and loved the service. They also had onsite catering which had great reviews, and the price came with a coordinator that would be there for the entire evening. She made sure the cake got there on time, etc. haha, my fiance at the time was actually out of town when my mom and I initially went to visit. I loved it SO much that I wanted to book it, so we booked it without him there (with his blessing) but he had been there for work meetings so wasn’t so clueless. I was smitten. πŸ˜› The building had an awesome balcony that people could mingle out on which was great so people weren’t just stuck inside all evening. 

Post # 13
3854 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We knew we wanted to get married outside somewhere very remote. The first property we chose we realized it would be under several feet of snow in Dec, so this was our 2nd choice. We contacted the landowner and he gave us permission and a key to the gate. We’ve been up there all afternoon setting up for our ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. It is so perfect. 

After the ceremony we will head into town for dinner at our favorite restaurant. 

Post # 14
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We looked at three places in one day. I planned the first and the third venue visits but my mom INSISTED that we go to the second because it was so close. I was really annoyed because I was worried it would take too long and we’d be late to our 3rd appointment (that I really really wanted to see). Low and behold, my mom’s pick was perfection and that’s the venue we went with! My mom gets all the credit for that one πŸ˜‰

Post # 15
3492 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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musicluvr325 :  We booked one that we found on the internet without even viewing any (planning from overseas)! When we saw it in person it was perfect. 

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