Finding a Wedding Venue
Asking the grapevine
By Natalie Tsang
October 10, 2011
In the digital age, using Google to find a wedding venue is a no-brainer, but just how reliable are these suggestions? Taking a page from your grandmothers book, why dont you use the social networks that youve built up over the years?
Many brides have found their DJs and photographers from their girlfriends, but some even found their venues! Brides often look at multiple venues, but can only choose one. They will know of venues that might not have been perfect for their needs, but may be perfect for you. Perhaps they found a hotel with a lovely rooftop garden that was too cold for their December wedding, but just right for your April ceremony. They can also give a list of places to avoid.
Try mass e-mailing the girls from your college sorority or Facebook message all your friends who have recently gotten married. The most useful information might just come from a friend of a friend. You might be surprised by what turns up, but be careful not to solicit advice from someone who is not invited to your wedding.
If youve already found your caterer, photographer, makeup artist, or DJ, you can always ask them to tell you some places that they have worked at before. Its not uncommon to attend a wedding, see a vendor, love his or her work, and ask for a business card. This is great because you have two are already on the same style wavelength and they may have an insiders view on the bridal industry in your area.
The downside is that they might pressure you to give your business to a venue that is not suitable. This is, of course, not professional behavior and you should not give in.
Third Party Reviews
If you turn to Yelp for inspiration for Friday night dates, why not turn to wedding forums to get a short list of the most popular venues in your area? Even if you dont normally follow the crowd, its good to remain informed and be aware of any special deals that are going on.
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