Post # 1
This more of a vent/rant…
2 caterers I wanted to interview are now BOOKED for my date in September 2015. Sheeish! I thought I had more time but hell, I guess I should get on it.
….that is all…
Post # 2
when we booked our venue over a year ago, they were already booked for half of 2015. our photographer has people booking into 2016 already.
gotta move fast!
Post # 3
wow! that’s insane. I must have lucked out; I started planning my August 2nd (this year) wedding in late April, and I still managed to get everything I needed. Insane.
Post # 4
PunkRockPrincess: I have no advice to give…I can only empathize! My wedding is over a year out and we are having difficulty finding a HOTEL that can block out rooms for us! Best of luck finding a caterer!!
Post # 5
Oh yes, our wedding is in Oct 14 and when we started looking in sept 13 venues were booked til nov-dec 14. It’s crazy! I get so annoyed when when now, 4 months out people are like oh you have plenty of time, I’m like what wedding did you plan?!?
Post # 6
If you’ve already chosen a date, this suggestion won’t be useful, but for brides reading this who have not yet chosen a date but are concered that they may not be able to secure their choice of venues and vendors in the timeframe they desire, a Friday night wedding may be the answer.
Post # 7
PunkRockPrincess: I booked my venue since 3 months ago wedding is a year ahead industries so you got to move fast
Post # 8
Chaedra: I see you are also September 2015! We booked our venue 3 months ago as well but man…thought catering would be easier. Some won’t even guarentee anything until 4 months or sooner…so I was like…why sign now…I will just start meetings soon-ish. Now I am like….MEET ME NOW! Hahaha
Post # 9
PunkRockPrincess: my venue does the Catering also and only charge us $76 with open bar and 2 signature drink and 1 hour cocktail hour and 3 course meal. I am almost done with this wedding can’t wait for the one year mark
Post # 10
Traditional wedding caterers may be booking up, but if your venue allows it, there are definitely some other options out there. We looked into local restaurants and food trucks as well. Our wedding is this September and we booked catering only 2 months ago. Every food truck we contacted had availability and was eager to work with us. Their prices were also way lower than the traditional wedding caterers I looked into, and for better tasting food IMO.
Post # 11
PunkRockPrincess: I booked my caterer 18 months ahead. Book, book, book! 🙂
Post # 12
Chaedra: uhh….wow…jealous! Sounds wonderful!
bleusteel: I wish this was an option. We have to work from a prefered list for catering. Nothing else though. I can work off the list but then there are huge fees and insurance and such. Boo. I love food trucks though! What kind of food are you guys having? What city? Can I crash? Hahaha
Post # 13
The most common misconception brides make is that they have plenty of times! I can’t tell you how often I get contacted in January for a September wedding and then they’re shocked to hear I’m already booked (I”m a photographer). The second we set a date and picked a venue I started to coordinate vendors and even ended up moving our date around a little bit based on availability.
The best suggestion I can make is to not delay on meeting with vendors.
Post # 14
PunkRockPrincess: That is nuts. Don’t stress too much though, I’m SURE you’ll find lots of vendors with more availability, especially if you look at those who don’t market themselves agressively for weddings. I do corporate events all the time and booking on a few months notice is not normally a problem.
Post # 15
starfish0116: I have 4 meetings set up with caterers this month and am starting in on photographers (I lost my first choice because of not doing this fast enough). This is an insane race! haha
cbgg: Thank you for the encouragement. Its been crazy hearing NO from so many vendors with this much time left. I guess I picked a good day to get married. haha