The hunt for my perfect wedding venue begins

July 22, 2013• 16 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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  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. =)

  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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