Advice needed: Venue

Ok I have narrow my venue(s) options to a few( about 15.. ) It is very hard for my to decide what I really like without changing my mind a few times :(


Need advice how to narrow it down asap, my budget is low... Most of the venues I have narrow are museums, art gallery, and some non traditional places.


1) It is ok to email some of the venues with my budget to see if they are in my price range? I was thinking of doing this to start eliminating the venues that I can't afford.


 


 

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:23 am
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I have done this plenty of times and have asked tons of questions to Banquet managers via email or even calling them. You will be surprised at what the BMs are willing to do for you if you have your wedding reception on an off day or an uncommon time of day.. My advice is to tell them your budget up front and ask them how they can accomodate you. The one with the best price and venue wins! Hope that helped!


 


Let us know which venue you've decided on! :-) I cant wait!

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 4:20 am
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I had similar issues:/ lots of venue ideas with a low budget. I wanted to spend my bulk of expenses on my pictures. So I thought big picture. I had a friend tell me of a location outside by a lake. After I heard how much it would cost I thought it would be a dump. I was wrong. It wasn't a beautiful garden but I made it work! For the cost of the venue I had left over money to get a vintage decorator! I got so many compliments on our venue and it was the cheapest!
Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm
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Email and ask tons of questions - I did MANY times!  Still am for other vendors.  Some vendors were short in both attitude and words in their email responses so I eliminated them right away.  I'm ashamed to say I got snarky back to one potential vendor when I had emailed them multiple times with no response then when I did get a response his answer was that the first floor ballroom was booked - this place had FOUR.  I simply said "Let's try this conversation again - do you have a ballroom available on July 20, 2013 - it need not be on the ground floor.  I'm simply looking for a ballroom."  I got no response from that email.  LOL


We are having our reception at a hotel where I clicked both in budget talks and personalities with the event coordinator.  She's been lovely.  It's a nice hotel but it's not the Peabody - I would have never looked at the place if she hadn't been able to provide a food/beverage minimum (that we could afford) via email.  One of the worst things I've endured during the planning of this wedding is having to tell a vendor - after they've taken the time to meet with me - that they are out of my budget.  Budget is budget though - eliminating a lot of vendors via email saves me some embarrassment, time and difficult situations.  Now if only the floral part of this wedding were as easy - those people are a tough nut to crack.

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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You should absolutely email with your budget. A venue will appreciate that more than taking the time to meet with a bride and groom that can’t afford there services. You might be surprised at what is available and what they are willing to offer within your budget. Its better to have everything out in the open rather than getting your heart set on something you can possibly afford. You will find the perfect venue for YOU. Good luck

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:11 am
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I think that is a good idea, but when they answer, make sure they are willing to stay in your price range! You don't want to go to any venue that is out of your price range because they will try to talk you into something you can't afford if you love it. Wishing you luck!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:28 am
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That will probably be the best way to narrow down your choices!!! Good luck!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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