Wedding Spot, Inc. FAQ

Last updated August 26, 2015

What is Wedding Spot?

Wedding Spot is the first Internet site to allow users to search, price out, and compare wedding and event venues side-by-side. We work closely with venues and their vendors to gather options and pricing details to allow you to "build" your ideal event at each venue. The Spot Estimate that we provide is an estimate of the bare minimum budget that is required based on your selected options and requirements. Additionally, to help avoid the frustrating experience of playing phone tag and emailing back and forth with venues, Wedding Spot allows you to send your details and selected options to each venueand schedule an appointment with just one click.

Is there a cost associated with the concierge team or using Wedding Spot to book site tours?

No, our site and concierge services are completely complimentary.

How can I sign up for Wedding Spot?

Simply create an account to get started. We require this so that we can save your favorite venues and Spot Estimates and allow you to access them at a later time. For venues, please send us a request to list your venue at sales@wedding-spot.com or sign up for a vendor account.

How much does it cost to list my venue on Wedding Spot?

For venues and wedding coordinators, we customize pricing to fit your needs and budget. If available in your region, a trial period may also be an option. For more information about pricing, please contact sales@wedding-spot.com.

What is the Spot Estimate?

The Spot Estimate is an estimate of the bare minimum budget that is required based on your selected options and wedding requirements. As these options change and you may upgrade certain amenities, equipment rentals, guest count, and/or menu and beverage selections, then the pricing is subject to change at time of booking. The Spot Estimate provides estimates for venue rental fees, amenities, equipment rentals, and related food and beverage costs. The Spot Estimate is not an all-inclusive price estimate for your entire wedding and does not include outside vendors such as photographers, videographers, DJs, florists, and other non-venue related vendors. We will be adding this functionality shortly but it is not yet available today.

What is the budget range that is provided?

In the search results page within each venue listing, we provide a budget range for each venue based on your required guest count. If you select "up to 50 guests", you will see that the budget range provided is for 50 guests. If you select "up to 150 guests," you will see that the budget ranges have increased because it is now for 150 guests. The low end of the range represents a more budget friendly wedding with bare minimum options (e.g. standard banquet chairs, tables, linens, no alcohol, etc.) and Sunday rental fees. The high end of the range represents a higher-end wedding with upgraded options (e.g. chiavari chairs, special lighting, premium cocktails, etc.) and Saturday rental fees.

Can I book my wedding with the prices provided by Wedding Spot?

We work closely with wedding venues and their vendors to provide the pricing estimates shown on our site. Although they are close, they may not be 100% accurate as prices are always subject to change based on availability and time of booking. Please be sure to confirm pricing with the venue.

Where do the prices come from?

Wedding Spot's team works directly with wedding venues and their in-house or exclusive caterers to gather options and pricing details for each venue. For the most part, these prices are specific and customized for each venue. In some cases, we may use an estimated price for common rental items by averaging prices in a specific area. For example, we use a starting price of $5 per slice for a wedding cake in the Bay Area. Of course with any wedding item, you can spend as much as you want but we believe that you will be able to obtain an acceptable wedding cake with a starting budget of $5 per slice. It is important to note that the Spot Estimate is at the end of the day an estimate and prices may change based on availability and time of booking. Please schedule an appointment to confirm prices with each venue. The purpose of Wedding Spot is to provide users with a rough estimate of the bare minimum budget required at each venue so you can quickly assess which venues are a good fit for you in terms of style and budget. However, if you choose to upgrade certain items and/or add special items to your wedding, then of course the budget will need to be increased.

What is the Max Capacity?

The max capacity for each venue is the highest guest count that the venue can accommodate for a ceremony and reception. Most of the capacity amounts that we display are for a seated, round table wedding layout If you choose to do a standing cocktail-style reception, the venue may be able to accommodate more guests than what is provided on Wedding Spot. Please inquire with venues directly for specific details.

How can I compare budgets and prices for my favorite venues?

To compare budgets and prices, you must first "build" your ideal wedding at each venue and save a Spot Estimate. Once you have done this, you can access your Spot Estimates by clicking "My Account" in the top navigation bar. You can select up to 3 venues to compare and we will provide a side-by-side comparison view for the 3 venues that you have selected.

Does Wedding Spot have venues in my area?

Wedding Spot is currently available in the following markets: Alabama, Arizona, Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

How can I book an appointment with the venue?

We have made it incredibly simple to request an appointment with a venue. You can do this two ways - 1) immediately after you receive the Spot Estimate or 2) in your account under Spot Estimates. We will send over your contact details as well as the detailed Spot Estimate of your selected options to each venue that you have requested.

What is the Wedding Spot concierge team?

Wedding Spot offers its concierge team to help with all your venue needs. This dedicated team will walk you through the entire process of finding and booking your perfect wedding venue, from compiling recommendations on venues that fit your personal criteria to helping you set up site tours and reach out to venues. Our goal is to give you a unique, customized experience in researching and booking your dream wedding venue while saving you time and stress!

When was Wedding Spot founded?

Wedding Spot was founded in April 2013. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Tina Hoang-To, came up with the idea while going through her own wedding planning process in 2012. She found the existing sites to be overwhelming and lacking functionality, which inspired her to start a company that would change the wedding industry forever.

Where is Wedding Spot located?

We are located in the SOMA district in San Francisco, CA.

What is the venue featured on Wedding Spot's home page?

Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. Photography credit: Michelle Nicole Photography.