My fiancé and I will be visiting Michigan next week ( we live in Arizona) to visit some venues. For you destination/ out of state planners, I made appointments to see 7 venues in 5 days. Too many? Too little? For our budget there are some locations an hour away from the each other so timing may not be in my favor. Thoughts?
I planned a semi-DW where I got married about 2 hours from where I live. We toured 10 venues in 2 days. I mapped them all out and strategically scheduled them in order based on the route and the time to get to each one from one venue to the other. I think this is definitely doable. You could easily do 3 per day depending on travel time.
I think each appointment was about an hour. I built a cushion in for extra time just in case and gave ourselves a one hour lunch break at a fast food place near one of the venues. It was tiring but worth it because we didn't have a lot of weekends we could do this. We chose our starting point based on who was available the earliest and got up early to go do it. I think the distance between the first venue to the last venue was about one hour but we hit venues in between.
I would prioritize them based on which ones you're most interested in so if you visit one you absolutely love in the beginning of the trip you're not wasting time in ones you're not as excited about. We're planning a Florida wedding from Indiana and had a list of places to check out. Ended up picking one the first day and was able to enjoy the rest of our trip while getting contracts and everything signed for the venue we chose. Where in Michigan are you going? It's a beautiful place! If you're leaning toward a beach wedding My Barefoot Wedding does great work and knows great venues along Lake Michigan.
7 venues seems like plenty of options! Especially if you have looked at all of them online and know they are viable options. But, then again, I booked my DW venue sight unseen, based solely on pictures... so maybe I am not the best to give advice on this LOL
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Hi Heather! I prioritized as best I could. Even though I contacted places weeks in advance some places only allowed me to come on certain days so I feel maybe that’s why I feel rushed and panicked. My fiancé loves the Detroit area so we’re looking around there! Ceremony will be at a church and we’d like the reception to have a view of the water!
I am living in Ohio for school but am also getting married in Michigan! I scheduled 5 tours in 2 days plus a dress appointment because I can only go home on the weekend. It was a lot but very doable! The hardest part was coordinating it all because they were all over southern Michigan! Most of them were under an hour and we were also looking mostly in the Detroit area!
I had 3 lined up when we went to TN october 2018. After touring the first one I knew that was my venue and canceled all other appts right then and there. A year later almost, 22 days from my wedding and I don't regret a thing. I still love my venue AND the owner has been so freaking amazing!
We are planning a domestic destination wedding also! We live in VA and are getting married in NC. I highly suggest hiring a local coordinator. I have no idea what we would do without our wedding coordinator and getting everything organized from out of town. You might want to narrow down the venues by having a must have's checklist that you and FH agree on and if a venue doesn't meet all or most of those items take it off the list quickly. My FH hated this process and having checklist's with both our want's would have made it easier.
For our DW, we toured 12 venues in 4 days. We too mapped a daily driving trip to visit ones close together. Very efficient! Note: I think we only set 5-6 appointments with wedding managers. The others we walked around (wineries or hotels so open to the public), to get a sense of the venue.