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Jacqueline
Newbie July 2022 Ontario

Booking a venue

Jacqueline, on March 8, 2021 at 21:54 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 10
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So my fiancé and I recently started looking at venues and after looking at our first one this weekend, we both totally love it. It basically ticks all our boxes, and other venues that offer the same experience and options seem to be a lot more money and farther away from us and the majority of our guests. That being said, we are thinking maybe we should just go ahead and book it! (We want a July 2022 date, so it will likely book up sooner than later) couple questions that I’d like some input and advice on:
Is it a bad idea to book without visiting many other options? Does anyone have any suggestions on things we should arrange or discuss etc before booking? We don’t know if it’s stupid to put a deposit down so quickly without discussing certain things that we may not be thinking of.
Any opinions on this are welcome please and thank you!!

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Latest activity by Amanda, on March 21, 2021 at 18:53
  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    That's super exciting!! Congrats!!

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  • Jacqueline
    Newbie July 2022 Ontario
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    Thanks everyone! We ended up booking it! So exciting!!
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  • Shelly
    Curious July 2022 British Columbia
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    My fiancé and I also loved the first venue we looked at. At the time I thought we should look around more before booking it, but the more we looked around the more sure we were about the first venue (whenever we were tossing up ideas about what the wedding would look like, both of us kept using the first venue as inspiration). Unfortunately, when we went back to confirm with the venue, our first-choice date was gone. In hindsight, we wasted a bit of time continuing to look at venues even though we knew the first one was "it". I'd say book the venue if you know that's what you want!

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  • Amanda
    Beginner November 2022 Ontario
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    I would book it... So many people are postponing to 2022 i hear from vendors because of 2020 and now 2021 weddinga cancelled. Alot of ppl only have a few dates left for that year when we we're looking into vendors.We just booked ours for Nov 2022.. and only saw one other hall. We loved our hall and the pricing was amazing and we felt great with the owner. Just make sure your contract allows for postponing without penalties
    just incase we're still not allowed to have weddings. But considering it's next year and vaccines are being administered now there shouldn't be any issues!!! ... Also not sure what area your in... but if in the Toronto Ontario or close surrounding areas...if you need a photographer/videographer still... White Lotus Studios do amazing work and have an amazing deal on for a package less then 4 grand. Goodluck!!!😊
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  • Kimberly
    Curious September 2023 British Columbia
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    My FH and I booked a year and a half out. Although with Covid now it is 2 and a half year out. If you both love it and it ticks all the boxes, do it. Better safe than sorry.
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  • Autumn
    Beginner May 2021 Ontario
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    We did the same thing with our venue! Go with your gut!! But be sure to read all of the fine details before signing the contract. For example, I was blown away by the beauty and affordability of my venue that I didn’t consider that it might be annoying that they required us to chose between two preferred caterers. That being said, I don’t regret my decision one bit. It took a lot of anxiety off of me to just go ahead and book it since venues were booking so fast.
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    You two love the venue and is in your budget, book it. The location being nearby is godd enough for guests and your family, that is what matters most.
    I too was shown by my fiance then which was beautiful and reasonable over the resort being next to us living wise. The resort wanted double the price and mislead the information of 4 meal courses for the main course to to be paid for each guest depending on the dish chosen.
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Personally, I wouldn't sign based off of one meeting. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to be glamourized at the first visit but without knowing what your priorities are and how much you're spending, it's hard for anyone to definitively say "yeah, go for it" or not.

    My fiancee and I visited 12 venues before signing ours but we asked a ton of questions to confirm a bunch of details, things that most people probably don't bother asking before signing. And that extensive research also meant that we comfortably signed knowing full well what their advantages and limitations are, as well as what competitors were offering.

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  • Geneviève
    VIP September 2020 Ontario
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    We picked our venue in advance and the meeting because we loved the amenities and it ticked all the boxes. Once we met with the events team, the added perks and open conversation sealed the deal. I’d say book it, but definitely ask some questions first. I’m not sure what your venue includes or already mentions but you could ask to start: 1) what does the price cover (ie services, gratuities, taxes, etc) and what costs extra? 2) definitely ask about covid restrictions, protocols and what their refund/rebook policy is (and if there are additional fees around that) 3) what is their policy about outside food/vendors? 4) how would setup and takedown look, the timelines you can get in/must be out by, and who is handling that? Those are just some good ones to start the ball rolling and give you an idea of how they manage things and make sure there’s no surprises.
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    My fiance and I didn't even visit our venue when we booked them. We're getting married at a winery in BC and since we live in Alberta, we didn't get the chance to go out there. I've been to the winery many many times since Kelowna BC is my second home and I showed my fiance so many pictures of the venue and what weddings looked like there. He was sold and we didn't even look at any other places.

    I say if you love love love the first venue, go with your gut feeling! Book right away if you really want that venue! Dates feel up really fast!

    The only thing I would suggest to you is make sure in your contract, it says that you are able to postpone if you need to with no charge.

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