Tour a venue before or after requesting a quote?

posted 1 year ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I got an idea of pricing ahead of time. IMO it would be far more devastating for me to fall in love with something I couldn’t afford than for someone to forward me a price list and I end up not going for it. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Get pricing first, seems like you would be setting yourself up for a let down if you were to love a venue that you couldn’t afford. Don’t feel bad about asking for a quote ahead of time, that’s what they are they for to answer all types of questions to see if it would be a good fit for the costomer.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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gryffindork75 :  I tried to but many of the potential venues wouldn’t provide pricing over the phone so I did a couple tours just to be able to get numbers. It was really frustrating because one was over budget and, despite what they said on the phone, couldn’t actually accomodate our ceremony. It was such a waste of time. The only semi-upside was that they mailed us cookies as a thank you lol. Except without a nut warning which gave my husband an allergic reaction.  Luckily his allergy is not severe and I enjoyed the rest of the box, but still not really giving me much confidence in their catering staff especially considering they had a $40k food minimum (not including booze) for a Saturday night! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We got pricing ahead of time on all of our venues and I’m really glad that we did it that way. It made it really easy to weed out things that were over our budget. We emailed quite a few venues for pricing! 

My husband and I have pretty busy schedules so I didn’t want to waste time looking at places that would end up being out of our price range. Emailing several venues for quotes also gave me some ideas of things to ask on actual venue tours as well. Each venue seemed to have different inclusions and rules about decorating, food, etc.  It was helpful to see everything at a glace ahead of time 🙂 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Agree with the pp’s….get the quote first.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Quote first so you aren’t wasting time with the tour if it turns out to be out of price range.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

Quote first 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I sourced suitable spots, then requested pricing and availability, viewing after as we narrowed down..

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I didn’t tour any venues where prices weren’t transparent and posted online.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Get the quote first. There’s no sense in visiting and falling love with a venue in person only for it to be out of your budget. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I also got a bunch of quotes first before scheduling a tour. Some places were kind of vague about their prices so most were just ballpark estimates! We didn’t want to waste time touring a place that was out of our budget, so it helped to get an idea first.

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