Ashley
Just Said Yes February 2022

Nosey Venues?

Ashley, on October 8, 2020 at 1:27 PM Posted in Planning 0 13
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We saw a lot of venues before we finally settled on ours. A handful of them would try and pick our brains about where else we were looking, I didn’t let it bother me, even though I did find it rude, and I was just very evasive in my answers to them.


We booked yesterday and I emailed the venues who took the time to show us around as a curtesy just letting them know we went in a different direction. I just got a email back asking where I decided to book instead?? I feel rude not responding and just ignoring it.. but I kind of feel like it’s rude for them to even ask. They have to know every couple who comes and visits isn’t going to book with them. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this or what they’d do lol

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Latest activity by Victoria, on October 9, 2020 at 12:16 PM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I don't think they necessarily think every couple will book with them. I think maybe, from a business and marketing perspective, they want to understand who their biggest competitors are and get a feel for what things their venue may be lacking or in what ways they differ from those that were ultimately chosen by couples who inform them they are going elsewhere. As a business, you want to know who your biggest competitors are, and this is a free and relatively simple way of gathering that type of data.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    I agree with this 100%. And I think it was nice of you to email all of your prospective vendors, I didn't do that at all. For the ones who followed up with me I let them know that I found somewhere else but I didn't email them on my own lol

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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    Exactly this
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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    They just want to see their competition. I probably wouldn't respond bc I'm a very private person. I would probably call and tell them via phone why I chose the other venue.
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  • M
    VIP January 2019
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    It's fine not to respond. But it's a business not a personal transaction, so them asking isn't rude. Like PP said, they want to learn who their competitors are.

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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    I had venues ask us what the reason was that we didn't choose them (as opposed to where we booked instead). I didn't see it as rude, I saw it as them trying to determine why couples aren't choosing them (price too high? Room layout too inconvenient? Specific policies?), so they can try to address those issues and increase the chances of future couples booking the venue. I agree with a previous comment, they're likely asking so that they can determine who their biggest competitors are.
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  • H
    Devoted August 2023
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    Agreed, it isn’t meant to be rude. If you think about it, the only feedback/reviews venues typically get is from brides who pick them. This doesn’t really highlight their weaknesses.
    The venues who asked I tried to give open and honest feedback (eg. Getting ready area was too small, venue was too spacious for my size wedding). It just helps them make sure they are succeeding with their target audience.

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  • Anna
    VIP October 2020
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    This makes more since ti me than asking where you booked, like “what could we have done better” and sometimes it’s just that the couple was looking for a different style or vibe, but if it happens a lot then it could be that they’re losing touch with current trends and should update some things.
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  • Ashley
    Just Said Yes February 2022
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    I agree. After seeing everyone’s responses I see now where they were likely coming from, and it’s more than likely not coming from a rude place. I guess it’s all in the wording like you said. I probably would’ve been less taken aback if they worded it exactly like that! “What made you choose them over us? What could we have done different” versus “where did you book instead of us?” Because in all reality they were the nicer venue lol the only reason we didn’t go with them was because of our budget.. they’ll have no problem booking with couples with a larger budget than ours


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  • Molly
    Expert August 2021
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    I work in child care as an administrator. Every year the director will call the surrounding child care centers to check what they are charging/offering to parents. It helps keeps them from not charging too much/too little for what they're offering. I'm sure this venue is doing the same thing.

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  • Natalie
    Devoted December 2021
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    It’s okay not to respond, but I don’t think it’s rude at all that they asked. Mainly they want to know what could’ve influenced your decision, price/location/date availability/etc. New wedding venues are popping-up all over the place, so they may also be asking to see what’s out there.
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  • Rebecca
    Master August 2019
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    Yeah, this happened to us with at least one venue. (Possible a second, but that one was such a mess that I didn't even know how to respond... because it would have started off with, "You insulted millennials to A PAIR OF MILLINNEALS because you think we are all terrible and also 16.")

    I know the one we responded to had noticed that we liked a lot of the venue, and she was pretty new at her job.

    It wasn't *her* fault there was a larger than life hagiography-style portrait of Herbert Hoover in the cocktail hour room. It wasn't even a political reaction for us, honestly. There was a similar portrait of AN UNKNOWN WOMAN at the other end of the room. So.

    Uh.

    It was a little weird.

    (It was, in fact, a political venue, which was concealed on the website, so there were other political tones to the venue, including pictures and such, but the part that REALLY THREW US was the pairing of Hoover and an anonymous lady looming over you during cocktail hour. Just. Um. Uh. No, thanks.)

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  • Victoria
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    Victoria ·
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    Haha, WOW, I bet that was an experience! So strange! I took the time to look at a few venues in my area, but they were all professional and set up as a blank canvas.

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