(Closed) When you were debating venues…

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We went strictly for size. We are getting married in a really small city so we went with the biggest hall that was available and reasonably priced.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  FH and I go to the Detroit tattoo convention every year at the Renaissance Center. You’ll be ok 🙂

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  I warn you that once you start on Pinterest and Etsy you will be addicted and won’t be able to stop!  🙂

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Price was, of course, a big factor.  But we just went around and visited a bunch of venues over 2 days.  We chose the one we wanted based off the feel and whether we could imagine getting married there.  The price worked in our budget, so that was like the last puzzle piece fitting together.  I can’t imagine picking a venue before going there in person together.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our biggest thing was space. We have 400 guests coming, so we had to find a hall to fit everyone in. The space factor really narrowed it down to only like three places, then we just went with price and overall feel of the venue.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsPanda99:  Our decision was easy because 2 of the 3 we looked at were awful.  The first nobody actually showed up.  We got there at the appointed time, waited half an hour, and left.  The place didn’t look great either and was not cheap so we wouldn’t have taken it anyway, but blowing off our appointment was a deal breaker.  The second place we looked at was very pretty, a good price, and the kicker was that the woman giving the tour was awesome.  I swear Fiance probably wanted it because she thought we were funny (we can’t help it, we joke, a lot).  We just felt comfortable there, it fit us.  We went to one other place to be sure and the woman giving the tour looked at us like aliens whenever we said something that wasn’t 100% serious.  Not offensive stuff, just little jokes, but she was not amused.  The place was also set up for a very pink wedding and felt cramped, and the ceremony spot was practically in the parking lot.  But being totally honest, I think we’d have looked at more if the tour guide (who will also be our bartender) wasn’t so much fun.  She should get a raise.

Long story short, one just felt right.  If more than one had felt right I’d have chosen based on cost.  Good luck!!

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsPanda99:  For us it was a couple of things that made our decision. It was the price, gorgeous outdoor ceremony location, beautiful outdoor cocktail hour space, everything was basically included in our package so less stress, awesome staff, great location.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@GeorgiaBride5:  The conservatory. being AA, a plantation was just NOT an option for me lol

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsPanda99:  Ours decision was based mainly on the vibe of the venue and the coordinator we dealt with. After viewing a handful of places we narrowed it down to two:

1. LOVED the space and the vibe it gave and could 100% picture our wedding there . The coordinator was amazing and really willing to work with us on some of our untraditional requests.

2. This venue was pretty, but definitely a standard wedding hall which we wern’t too thrilled about. The coordinator wasn’t very friendly or helpful, but this place was about $2500 cheaper.

Both venues made it on the list because they were in the area where we wanted our wedding ( really wanted it to be local ).

We ended up with number 1 because at the end of the day, it was worth the extra money to have our ‘dream wedding’ expectations fulfilled. It was definitely the right decision and the venue lived up to our expectations.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

@MrsPanda99:  We had a fairly extensive list of criteria, inc:

How far away it was/how accessible it was for our guests

If there was accommodation either at the venue or nearby

If the venue was attractive (some wear drab/too much like a conference centre and just horrible)

Price (we didn’t have an unlimited budget)

How the space flowed (eg around 30% of our guests smoke; at one venue we looked at the smoking area was down a big flight of stairs and we felt it would lead to the party being fragmented)

Quality of food and drinks, and range of food choices

 

We nearly didn’t view ours as it wasn’t traditional (big manor house/golf club with outside space), only going because my parents had been to a wedding there and practically forced me to look at it. It was love at first sight and I just had that ‘feeling’; when OH came with me to see it he felt exactly the same. The other venues just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor, or didn’t fit enough of our criteria.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

@MrsPanda99:  We had a fairly extensive list of criteria, inc:

How far away it was/how accessible it was for our guests

If there was accommodation either at the venue or nearby

If the venue was attractive (some wear drab/too much like a conference centre and just horrible)

Price (we didn’t have an unlimited budget)

How the space flowed (eg around 30% of our guests smoke; at one venue we looked at the smoking area was down a big flight of stairs and we felt it would lead to the party being fragmented)

Quality of food and drinks, and range of food choices

 

We nearly didn’t view ours as it wasn’t traditional (big manor house/golf club with outside space), only going because my parents had been to a wedding there and practically forced me to look at it. It was love at first sight and I just had that ‘feeling’; when OH came with me to see it he felt exactly the same. The other venues just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor, or didn’t fit enough of our criteria.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We were deciding between two also.  I loved both of them for different reasons.  Ultimately it was size (we just didn’t need the size of the larger one) which eventually reflected in price (decorating a large space and also some overage charges by the venue), so we went with the more compact/cheaper one. 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

For us being on uber-expensive Cape Cod with a tight budget, we were shocked by how expensive and run-down all the places on Cape Cod were. Plus, they were really nautical and didn’t match our personality.

So, we let go of our grasp to Cape Cod as our location, moved it across the bridge, and suddenly found a million beautiful, awesome, affordable venues. So I guess sometimes you should let yourselve make some comrpomises and see how you feel about them. I thought our location was non-negotiable. But happiness isn’t!

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