Post # 1
I live in Vancouver, Canada and I am finding it so incredibly difficult to find a venue that isn’t $4000 + some ridiculous cost per head for catering. I can’t even find a venue that allows you to bring IN catering to save money.
Booking a venue is the first big thing you do for a wedding and I’m already so frustrated I want to run away and elope. I know I would regret this as I desperately want to enjoy my friends and family at my wedding.
I’ve googled every possible way of wording ‘party venue’ or ‘celebration hall’ etc to try and find the non typical wedding venues and I can’t find anything!!
I don’t really know what I’m looking for in this post, I’m sorry for venting. If anyone can share their venue stories or how they turned a venue that wasn’t ‘ideal’ into an amazing place, I would greatly appreciate it 🙂
Post # 2
I was in the same boat. The venue fees I first saw were 5k and up and that’s just with tables (sometimes) I then started searching for country clubs and historic homes and I eventually found my venue that gave a significant discount to residents of that town. Also, thinking outside the box is super helpful. I looked at marinas, aquariums, zoos, museums and converted factories before I found something I loved. My second venue option was actually the new England aquarium!
Post # 3
What about a community hall? Or community spaces, they are usually cheap and depending on the structure and location can be really nice.
All the best.
Post # 4
Yeah, I feel you! Try digging deeper to find venues that might not have done much search engine optimization. Try some new google search terms, like “unconventiontal wedding venues in [your city name]”, or “offbeat wedding venues”, “unique wedding locations”, etc etc… you really have to mix it up for search terms because smaller or obscure venues don’t usually pay as much attention to SEO as the big companies.
Also, try looking on wedding or venue directory sites (try a few different ones, especially smaller listing sites that are locally-based that don’t charge fees for venues to place a listing). Good luck!
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Post # 6
julies1949: Oh wow! Thank you so much, I’ll definitely look through those posts.
And thank you everyone! It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this crazy search.