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Scouting Trip - How beneficial was it?

Question basically as above, was it worth it to do a scouting trip?

Did you get a lot accomplished that you wouldn't have if you didn't do one?

Re: Scouting Trip - How beneficial was it?

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    jccswljccswl member
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    edited December 2011
    One of the scouting trips we took was to the bridal show. It was so worth it b/c I really wanted a photobooth and DH was not sold on the idea. We got to see 3 different photobooth companies and were sold on one and got a great deal b/c we were there.

    We also got to see the ceremony and reception area which gave us a sense of what we were getting.
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    edited December 2011
    for me the scouting trip was beneficial because certain chapels in the hotels are beautiful but located in bad areas like a food court, last thing i want is to be in my gown and pass by some idiot with a hotdog that gets mustard on me, lol
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    edited December 2011
    I live in CA so it was easy for me to do 2 weekend trips before the wedding, the first was to confirm that I loved the MB chapel and the second one we picked up our marriage license. So they can be beneficial IMO.
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    edited December 2011
    My scouting trip was very important, because a lot of the chapels look great in photos... but not so great in person.  The casinos make their facilites look fantastic on their websites, but sometimes these aren't exactly accurate, and you can't get the "feel" of a place unless you see them in person. 

    For example, I didn't realize that the outdoor chapels use astroturf (fake grass) for their garden settings until I saw them myself.  Now, it makes total sense in Vegas for the grass to be fake... they would have to constantly be watering it for it to stay nice... but it was a surprise to me.  Some of the garden chapels had very worn looking astroturf, and some was just fine.  I am getting married at the Juno Garden at Caesars... which is new so the "grass" was nice.  Plus, it doesn't have too much of it.  Sorry to be rambling about astroturf, but it was a turnoff for me :)

    Also, as said above, the locations of some of the chapels may not be what you were envisioning.  The MGM chapel is really nice, but it is in their shopping mall area and right next their CSI attraction.  Also, Mandalay Bay has beautiful chapels, but some people complain that they are too far of a walk from the casino entrance.

    My reception is going to be at Maggianos, so I didn't really need to eat there because I have been to some of their other locations, but it was great to meet the banquet coordinators.  It made me feel better to know how professional and nice they are.

    That being said, at the time of my trip I was living in Los Angeles, so it wasn't a great expense to travel there.   With the many reviews on this site, I am sure you can view pictures and make educated decisions. 

    Susan
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    edited December 2011
    Way worth it. My fiance and I are both locals but are going to school in NC and it was still worth it. He thought he really wanted a hotel/casino wedding until we went and saw Mandalay Bay (sorry, but we had the WORST time there) and ended up going in a totally different direction.

    My parents were almost ready to put down a deposit at Paiute and having my mom come on the go sees got her on board with our choice.

    And the bonus of being on the West coast and getting some In n Out before the dress diet!
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    cinegradcinegrad member
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    edited December 2011
    We're from the midwest and our wedding is in September. We went last November to check out the hotel chapel (paris) and the reception location (Eiffel Tower).  We thought it was quite beneficial to see both in person because as PPs have said the web sites don't always depict the whole story.  While I was still very pleased with the chapel and restaurant, some of the photo locations were quite different from what I envisioned.  Both the hotels and the LV photographers have a way of photographing things to make them look as though you're not in the midst of a casino, but when we actually visited Paris, I found that one of my favorite picture spots was like 5 feet from slot machines!  Not a huge deal (and we'll still definitely do the pictures there), but was still nice to know.  I also appreciated being able to put faces with the names I'd been e-mailing or phoning

    Another plus to a scouting trip may be an opportunity to get a hair/makeup trial in with your selected vendor. 
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    edited December 2011
    100% worth it.  We had our hearts set on a certain location and then saw it in person and hated it!  Ended up booking our ceremony and found a place for our reception we never would have thought of if we didn't go there.   If you have the time and can afford it, would definitely recommend a scouting trip. 
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    pebbs_17pebbs_17 member
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    edited December 2011
    We had a lot of fun on our scouting trip! We honestly didn't do that much scouting.  We spent a day checking out chapels and my FI chose the one we are getting married at.
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    keana123keana123 member
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    edited December 2011
    everyone pretty much wrapped up what I was going to say.
    I'll also add it helps visualzing the space for your decor (if you are doing any) and you can do some food and cake tastings whiile you're there. If you play your cards right, you'll only be buying breakfast on yoru scouting trip. Ha!
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    edited December 2011
    I was completely against having a "typical" reception in a hotel banquet space, but when I saw Windows (which I had never even heard of) I completely fell in love.

    Never would have found it had I not seen it in person.
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    Sara191431Sara191431 member
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks ladies!  Decisions decisions.  We are from MN so not very close like others and on one hand I totally agree on the above and it would be nice to see everything in person to make final decisions, cake tasting etc.  However, on the other hand we could use that $1,000 or so towards another aspect of our actual wedding.

    At this point I think we are going to opt not to do it, BUT that may change.  I think the venues/vendors that are the front runners so far we may not have to see in person, here they are just in case you'd like to know:)

    Ceremony - The Grove.  This is one of the things I would actually like to see in person, but their prices are so great it's hard to not do it there.  I know some brides are getting married there in the upcoming months so hope to see pics/get reviews.

    Reception - Vista Suite with Masterpiece Catering and alcohol from Costco.  Maybe a bartender from Abosolute Beverage.  These vendors I have no worries about.

    Cake - Leaning towards Gimme Some Sugar, but LV Cake Designs and Freeds Bakery are also on the list.  It's nice Gimme sends out samples to taste!

    Flowers - The Pallette

    Photography - Still deciding on the top three everyone uses, let's not open that whole discussion up again though:)  All of them will be great no matter who we use.

    Transportation - Not sure yet for about 50 people.

    Accomodations - Thinking Mandalay Bay due to the Vista Suite being in there.  But this could change depending on price, etc. and just  where we decide to stay.

    So yeah, think that's about it.  Again, I think the main vendors I'm confident in so far without having to do a scouting trip.  However, it would be nice to meet the vendors etc.  We shall see!
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    edited December 2011
    I only live 4.5 hr drive from Vegas and didn't do a scouting trip and everything lived up to my expectations.

    I am usually a control freak girl, but having a Vegas wedding for me meant giving up a little control. I picked something I loved and rolled with it and never 2nd guessed.

    I say save your money, go with reviews, and don't look back!
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    Sara191431Sara191431 member
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    edited December 2011

    Thanks dvohnout, I think I'm with ya!  Btw, your wedding was beautiful, can't wait to see more pics, especially of the Vista Suite reception!

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