Planners Say to Watch Out for These Four Wedding Venue Warning Signs
The pros say these are indicators that it's time to walk away.
While all of your wedding vendors are important, it's the venue that generally sets the tone for the entire day. After all, each of the other vendors you choose and all of the details you select ultimately stem from the venue—its location, look, style, and offerings all impact the other decisions you'll make for the big day. That's why it's so important that couples do their due diligence when it comes to choosing a venue. Though it might take a lot of time, effort, and energy to weed out all of the options and find the single best venue that satisfies all of your desires, it will be well worth it in the end. To help ensure you make the right decision and avoid any properties that might appear to be all of that and more but ultimately fall short of their promises, look for these warning signs.
The cost is significantly more than other seemingly on-par venues.
While simply choosing the less expensive route is rarely the best way to go about venue hunting, don't hesitate to second guess a space that seems to be well above the price of its competitors. "Couples need to do their diligence and make sure they know what questions to ask and things they need to look for," says Deborah L. Erb, owner and event planner for Simply Events Inc. "Always review the contract to see what is and is not included—as you might realize you’re getting a better bang for your buck—or worse—if you read through everything."
The venue isn't well-cared for.
"If the property looks disheveled, the grass isn't mowed, building paint is falling off, and doesn’t look like it's being taken care of, this is an important sign that this property may not be the right venue," says Erb. "I've had couples choose a venue that promised them certain things would be fixed or building special rooms would be done by their wedding date, and it never was." Your best bet is to go with a venue that already has the look in place that you’re seeking instead of risking promises that could be left unkept.
It has bad reviews.
If your venue doesn't have all five-star reviews, there's no reason to turn your nose up, but if you do a few searches online and find more bad remarks than good, it's worth looking elsewhere. "Not all of us are perfect, but if couples visit a venue that has many bad reviews, listen to those over what the venue manager tells you," says Erb. "Never assume that those numerous reviews were due to circumstances beyond the venue's control."
You have a bad feeling about it.
At the end of the day it's important that you trust your gut. If you have an instinct that your venue isn't right for you for whatever reason, be it service or aesthetic, stick to your guns. "Chances are, if you're feeling this way now, you might have similar feelings on your wedding day," notes Nicole McCann, founder and Principal Planner at Exhale Events based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "When you walk into a venue, you should feel like you've found your 'home' to celebrate the beginning of your love story, and that decision should only be solidified after talking to their sales team."