The hunt for my perfect wedding venue begins

July 22, 2013 • Lifestyle16 Comments

According the the wedding planning timeline, you should start looking for wedding venues 12 months before your date. Since we had preemptively set our date for September 2014, I was taking my time. But of all people, my fiance asked, “Isn’t it time to start looking for venues for our wedding?” Maybe it was a good idea he asked, because after some researching, I found:

  • September is a very popular month for weddings
  • Popular month = more expensive
  • DC venues are expensive in general ;_;

So now we’re looking at August 2014, which means my planning time just got cut by 1 month! And boy when I get into planning, I go all out:

  • Gmail labels for all wedding related emails
  • Google drive folders setup for all related documents
  • Google Documents to track the expenses, guest lists, and just random notes
  • Google maps to list out all the potential locations

Finally based on prices and images I found online, we decided to pay the following venues a visit this past Saturday:

Our Wedding Venues - Google Maps Engine is amazing for figuring out location logistics

Our Wedding Venues – Google Maps Engine is amazing for figuring out location logistics

The Willard and Mandarin Oriental were a spur of the moment decisions – my fiance figured we were in the area and may as well stop by. Lucky for us hotels love engaged couples and both were more than happy to call a manager to show us around.

Despite the scorching heat, we had an extremely productive day. I think we might have found our venue, and now we’re just hoping they’re willing to work with us and our budget ;)

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Thoughts, Comments, and Questions

  1. Tess says:

    Weddings are such an exciting time! Most peple I know opt to search for their venue a year in advance. It books up MUCH faster than one can think of. It’s a good thing your fiance was on the ball for the both of you! I really like the crystal ballroom!

  2. Ahhhh! This is so exciting :) Good luck! I hope you’re having fun and don’t let it stress you out at all :) I really like the ballroom with the crystal <3

  3. Cat says:

    Gmail labels for wedding emails and Google docs for everything else were a must for me! The docs especially helped because I could share them with my husband and family, so they could keep track too.

    In our area, October is a popular month, which is… when we were looking XD;; We got a bit of a discount for having a Sunday wedding though. Apparently Saturday and Friday are the most popular days.

    Good luck with everything! That’s exciting that you’re planning already!

  4. WYONA says:

    Wow, you’re engaged already! That’s pretty exciting Jen :) Good luck with all and hope you’ll find the right venue! Those photos of the prospective venue above looks marvelous by the way. ^^

  5. Alice says:

    Congrats, again! I did say congrats already right….if i remember correctly but whatever, congrats again :D ..though i don’t understand the excitement of marriage :P i’m just not giddy and all giggly excited for such stuff haha

    anyway, good luck on finding the right place! :)

  6. Krystal says:

    The pictures looks amazing and super super grand! Good luck with your wedding plans, I know it’s going to be lots of hard work but you seem very organised so I’m sure you’ll do great :D

  7. Agent Q says:

    First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your engagement [a bit late, haha]. Even though getting married is not something that interests me, I can definitely speculate the feeling of excitement from the planning to contacting. The venues you’ve found so far are very beautiful. I didn’t know that September is the most popular month for ceremonies. Any idea as to why? o.0

    Anyways, I’m very excited for you. Keep up the good work in planning, and I look forward to hearing more about it! :)

  8. Melissa says:

    I’m so excited for you guys! Hope the planning goes OK, it does take some time. :) I do love the pictures! The venues look so beautiful! :)

    Anyway, goodluck with everything! :D

  9. jessica_mezo says:

    Oh, wow! All of the venues look absolutely beautiful, but I think my favorite is the Crystal Ballroom. It would be perfect for a elegant, black tie wedding. :) I hope that the planning goes alright, and the wedding goes off perfectly. :)

  10. Liv says:

    Before reading this post I had no clue why people needed a year and a half to plan the wedding, and now I know! I wonder why September is a popular month? Maybe because it’s probably the month with the best weather (in New York at least).

    I checked all four hotels to see if they were our clients at work … nope they’re not. =( In fact I don’t know much about our clients so I can’t tell you if you’d get a better price or anything.

    I hope your fiance is helping you out on this, aha. It always looks like the bride-to-be is doing all the work. Good luck again!

  11. Becca says:

    Ahh that is so exciting! First offs, congrats to you both! :) Wedding planning sounds so stressful, but it seems like you have everything perfectly organized! I feel like I will just be all over the place when the time comes. That is kind of weird that September is a popular month. I’d figure May and June would be the big ones.

    The pictures of that venue are gorgeous. If you do choose there, everything will be absolutely beautiful. I hope they will continue to work so well with you both.

  12. Rusty says:

    Wow! Those pictures are spectacular! August 2014 is definitely not far away now… Only a year from tomorrow! <333 That's so exciting! I'm such a planner too, when it comes to stuff like that. I honestly can't wait until I get engaged! And congrats! It's amazing. =)

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  13. Liza says:

    They have such beautiful places! Congratulations to the both of you on the engagement and wedding planning! :D The planning looks like a lot of work! Good luck. :3

  14. ???• Amy says:

    Oh wooow! Congratulations on your engagement :)
    The venues do look lovely!! Good luck with the planning and hopefully it’ll all work out according to plan :D

  15. (????) says:

    Wow, congrats on your in-a-year wedding! :D It’s great that you guys have started now; it may be stressful, but definitely not as much as last minute planning.
    Those places look wonderful (though the Crystal Ballroom isn’t really suited to my tastes, haha) and I hope you and your fiance have a wonderful future <3 <3

  16. Mija says:

    I got married as well and the top 2 hardest things about planning a wedding for me was: Finding a venue and dealing with the guest list XD;;;;

    I am sure you’re going to have an amazing wedding!! Very excited for you!!

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