Post # 1
I recently got married and the most important part for me was finding the right venue. I think it truly is the key since it sets the whole theme, budget, and size of the wedding. I personally researched and visited over 100 in my area. I know thats a lot. It sort of interested me in a personal way i suppose. However< I now have all the information in hand about most venues in my area and am thinking of offering a service to new brides out there. I would have a questionairre that would help me to understand what they are looking for, and narrow it down to a few that would be perfect locations for them to see. In addition i could have info already about who can cater there, and what their vendors are etc. IT would be a tailor picked venue for the bride.
Would you pay a fee for this service? I know there are many online sites where you can do your own research, but that takes a lot of time and energy.
Let me know your thoughts.
Post # 3
I can see a use for it, but personally I wouldn’t use one. My budget is super tight as it is, so I couldn’t afford for someone to find my venue.
Post # 4
You should totally pitch this idea to the venues!! You know how apartment companies pay a referral fee to a tenant who refers a friend, or they’re also willing to pay the fee to an indpendent company who successfully brings in a new tenant? I’m thinking of the company ProMove. You go in, they find you some great apartments that match your ideal criteria, and it’s totally free for you (the customer). So you investigate the top rec’d apt choices, and when you pick one and sign a lease, you tell the apt complex that you used Promove, and the Promove agent gets the referral fee – that’s how they make their money. So even if you couldn’t get brides to pay you directly (or not much, anyway), you might get some of the venues on board with paying you!
Post # 5
Would you use it if it was an online service that you pay a very nominal fee to fill out a very detailed questionaire in order to give you a top three tailored response of vendor/venue?
I’m talking about 30 dollars or less?
Post # 6
Personally I would not use one. With all the free weddings services website out there, and things like Yelp, I can’t imagine finding the use for one.
Post # 7
I would use it only for the following reasons:
1) There aren’t very many venues that are convenient for me to visit and it’s faster to have someone check out 100+ in surrounding counties. Like here in Southern California, some of the cool venues we checked out took us about 2 hours to get to in traffic. That said, I also decided the drive time wasn’t worth booking these venues, so I guess the question is should I even waste the money and time in considering these?
2) I wanted something really offbeat and unique, like a private home. Here in Southern California, we also have a lot of huge mansions and homes that are along the coast or up in the hills that are available for private parties and events and it would be nice having someone represent these places, kind of like a real estate agent.
3) I’m really busy with work/life and I don’t have time to do my research and whatnot. That said, if I was that busy, I would just hire a full time planner and not outsource out a few things here and a few things there.
Post # 8
If it were set up in such a way that the venue paid a finding fee and the service was free to me I might try one. But honestly, researching venues was really fun
Post # 9
maybe not… sometimes it may bring some unnecessary troubles and expenses….
Post # 10
I think the search was part of the fun for me. I’d probably research other options even if given a tailored list. However, it was difficult to find a comprehensive list of options for my area. I used posts from weddingbee and chowhound, and links from Toronto photographers to find my venue. So something that was more thorough might be worth a small fee but I know that without positive reviews I’d be skeptical to pay (as I am with apartment listing websites that require viewers to pay!).
Post # 11
I wouldn’t pay anyone. I used http://www.weddingvenues.com to find mine.
If you don’t mind me saying, 100 is a lot, most people don’t view that many (we saw 3).
Post # 12
@Lafayette: Yes! With the number of venues in our area you would think there would be a better & more comprehensive list.
I would pay depending on the information! I didn’t have trouble finding places but what I did waste a lot of time on is getting pricing information from venues. If this information was available and up to date then I would absolutely pay $30 to save me some time. I find it incredibly annoying that some venues are just not transparent at all, they’re wasting everyone’s time.
I didn’t rely on reviews for anything, just went with my gut!
Post # 13
I would have loved such a service if there were photos and transparent pricing information. Especially for the venues that are hard to get on the phone/visit. Would I have paid for it? Most likely not. Even if the fee is a one time small amount, I think the idea of needing to put my credit card out before knowing if ti would be halpful would nturn me off. Further, I think you are doing more of a service to the smaller venues that people may not find on their own and thus, I would expect that the venues would actually be the ones benefiting from this recommendation service which is essentially like PR for them.
I used a similar service to book my hotel room block. A web portal where you put in desired location, price, date, number of rooms, etc. and hotels come back and make an offer. It was a free service and mot hotels came back with offers tailored to my request. I found that very helpful but before using it, I guess I would have not paid either. I can only assume the hotels pay to reply to requests.
Post # 14
I am a former MOB and I would definitely use a service like that! My daughter lives in Florida and I live in PA. Researching venues being so far apart was the worst part of the wedding planning. If all venues would have pricing online that would have helped. I can’t tell you how many phone calls and emails we sent just to get pricing and finding out that most were way over our budget.
The reason I said I would use a service like this is because my daughter found her venue through a friend’s recommendation. This venue never came up online during any of our wedding venue searches we did…Google…TheKnot….etc. By the time we had heard about this venue, my daughter was in tears everyday thinking she would never find anything that didn’t have a high per person price, high minimum food/beverage price, or high venue rental fee.
I say go for it and good luck!