(Closed) Venue hopping; How much is too much?!

posted 8 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Member
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

@heyitskate: We’ve been engaged since August. I have spent hours every week on trying to pick a venue. We’ve visited several, I’ve emailed with probably thirty. I am finding this a huge decision and find myself unable make it!

Post # 4
Member
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@heyitskate:I think a lot of your aggrivation can be saved by doing some of your work on-line. I researched hundreds (litereally hundreds) of venues before I even stepped foot in one. I emailed back and forth getting prices, pics etc to make sure I wanted to visit and it was what I wanted.

Save yourself the headache!

 

 

Sorry about the spelling! I typed this fast

Post # 6
Member
2742 posts
Sugar bee

@heyitskate: Write them an email and ask them to send you their wedding packages and proposals. I used this blanket email and I bcc’d EVERY.SINGLE.VENUE and if I didn’t hear back, then that was it.
   “Good day, I am planning on having my wedding in *insert town*  on *insert date range*  I would like some information about your facility. Hopefully you have a brochure with a price list and pictures etc to help me make my decision. Please, if you can send me as much information as you can, I can call and make an appointment. Thank you for your time and attention.

Yours truly,

Your name

 

Post # 7
Member
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@heyitskate: I think it depends on the type of venues you are looking at. I was looking for a ballroom at a large hotel so a lot of my information was on their websites. Now, some of the pricing wasn’t included so I did have to call or send an email like broklynrocks suggested but general pricing was, which saved me the time of going there to deciede if I even liked it in the first place. Also, I read a lot of reviews from different people (local reviews on the knot) to see prices and get an idea of which place offered what I was looking for.

 

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
Member
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@bRooklynRocks: I totally did the same thing. And then I was able to get rid of all the $150/pp-way-out-my-budget places off my list right away.

Post # 9
Member
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@heyitskate: what venues have you visited in North Jersey?  There are so many places in that area so I can see how it could be difficult to choose a place.  I’ve been to weddings at the bethwood, the brownstowne, LaNeve’s, West Orange Manor, Westmount, there’s another popular manor that I can’t think of right now.  But all the weddings were beautiful.  Have you narrowed down the overall feel/look you are going for?  If your concerns are logistical (stairs, staff, etc.) then they are valid but if you love a place expect for a chandelier you may be able to overlook that.

Post # 10
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 1994

Just saw the post about NJ wedding venues and there are so many types of locations to choose from! We’ve listed many of them throughout the state at the following link:

http://njwedding.com/vendorListAll.cfm?serviceID=23

Also, there are other options brides are finding through restaurants that have banquet rooms available (or you can rent the entire restaurant in certain cases).  I’ll also suggest looking for “Historic and Unique Locations” which we’ve listed at this link:

http://njwedding.com/vendorListAll.cfm?serviceID=64

Hope this information helps!  🙂

-Erik Kent, NJWedding.com

Post # 12
Member
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I too looked at lots of venues and went with the last place I looked.  The venue is very important because it sets the stage for your wedding.  Keep looking until you find the perfect place!

Post # 13
Member
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in Jersey too and looked at most of those places.  Went with the Palace. Have you considered anything in the Hoboken/Jersey City area? There’s lots of nice waterview/Manhattanview places- the Hyatt, W Hoboken, Chart House, Liberty House. I looked at Seasons too, while it wasn’t totally my style it was a very nice venue (although it books fast). There are a few I considered but neve rlooked at so can’t fully attest to, but they are: Park Savoy (Florham Park), Stone House at Stirling Ridge (very cool but too rustic for me), Florentine Gardens– pricey, the Mezzanine in Newark (issue being that it was Newark lol). Skylands looks nice, and my bff is getting married at the Olde Mill Inn, it looks really cute, have you tried that?

My advice would be don’t have a list of what you’re looking for, just go see a place with an open mind and see how you feel. I was adamant about a beachside Jersey shore venue (Clark’s Landing, Bonnet Island type of place) and wound up with something the complete opposite but I LOVE it.

Also if your concerns are just about waiters, I am sure that you can put in your contract that you want more waiters passing hors d’oeuvres and whatnot. We have a large guest list (225) and were able to put in for some extra bars/bartenders to be set up at no extra cost.

Post # 15
Member
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

can you fill us in?! if you don’t feel weird posting the info on a public site!

Post # 16
Member
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, I guess I had it easy. I booked the first place I actually looked at in-person. My fiance and I made the appointment over lunch one day. We walked in, looked around a bit, signed the contract, and still had a few minutes left to grab lunch together.

The topic ‘Venue hopping; How much is too much?!’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors