(Closed) How early is too early to book?

posted 7 years ago in June 2012
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not with photographers (I haven’t searched for photogs yet), but some of the venues I looked at told me that I couldn’t book until 2011 either, because they didn’t have 2012 pricing yet. But I fell in love with one venue, and luckily they locked you into their 2011 pricing if you booked it this year.

My wedding isn’t until August 2012, but we still booked it asap. Like you, it was important for me to set a date and book a venue before 2011.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I can understand being Type A and wanting to get the major stuff out of the way, but look at this from the photographer’s perspective. It would be foolish for her to create her 2012 pricing without knowing how her 2011 season is going to go. If she has a million people begging for her services in 2011, it would be wise for her to up her prices for 2012; conversely, if her business takes a nose dive in 2011 she may keep her prices constant or even lower them.

June 2012 is a long… LONG way away! We booked one of the most desired venues in our region, and one of the most desired videographers in the world, for our Saturday wedding, and we snagged both of them at around 11-12 months in advance. You really will be just fine waiting until 2011 to book anything. Patience is difficult, but sometimes necessary!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it is great to get things done early.  There are plenty of photographers and venues that will meet with you and allow you to put a deposit down.  I recommend getting your reception venue first.  They get booked over a year in advance! There are plenty of reception venues to choose from at the last minute, but if you want your top choice, it is smart of you to look into this now.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

imo, its never too early.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I COMPLETELY understand the Type A mindset. Takes one to know one 🙂

However, most places will not book a 2012 wedding in 2010 and that’s the same for most other vendors, including photographers.

What I recommend is that you really do your homework, look at all of your options, read the wedding mags and gather your thoughts on what you want your wedding to be. Look at different photography styles and narrow it down to a few that you like.

Gather preliminary 2011 pricing if you can (but keep in mind it will most likely go up a bit for 2012) and start to think about your budget.

If you find a venue or a vendor that you LOVE, keep in touch with them. That way, when the time comes and they have their 2012 pricing available, they’ll still know that you want a certain date (or you’ll be contacting them frequently enough that you’ll catch them when they do have the pricing) so that you can book them.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@TinyTina: Once again, I’m late replying! My wedding is around the same time as yours, though, and I’ve had my photographer booked for six months (at 2011 pricing) and my venue booked for three (at 2010 pricing). So there are people who will do it for you!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hello fellow type A personality bride! I have already started planning because I live in a major city and things are booked up until 2013. We have our venue booked, but the place can’t take our payment until May of 2011, but she has our date blacked out! I was looking for day of wedding coordinators and the one I wanted is actually booked every saturday from April to Novemeber until 2013!!!! So it’s never too early to start looking and getting stuff in order.

Hell, I don’t even know how many tables I need to decorate, but I’m already looking to purchase small rectangle glass vases from IKEA just to get something off my check list.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Hi Tina!

  I completely understand. I was totally on my fiance about getting our venue locked down. They gave us 2010 pricing for 2012–talk about amazing! Next step is the photographer. I have found one that I love, so I have some e-mails out to them. I am completely Type A, too. I figure that since there is so much time between now and the wedding, that we should get the people/services that are most important to us!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m the same exact way! Surprised that they were like that, most places are like book now & get a discount!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I TOTALLY understand. I really didnt want to be a) stressed because I couldn’t get what I wanted and b) start stressing because I hadn’t organised everything early so I didn’t know how much everything was going to cost, only to learn the budget was a mess!

I found the same thing with a few places and photogs but most of them were willing to do a special quote for me and lock in the prices. 

I think it really pays to get in early, my wedding isnt until June 2012, and in 2010 I booked the Chrch, the reception venue, the photog, put a deposit down on my dress, veil and assesories. My bridesmaids have already picked their dresses and just last week I bought my wedding shoes because I knew they were THE ONES!

I think its different for everyone, but I just feel better knowing that all the big stuff is out of the way.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would be annoyed if I were you. We booked our reception at the end of this year, and when we were looking a lot of places had no Saturdays in 2011 or only a few. We almost booked a 2012 wedding because there just wasn’t availability in 2011, so I would certainly expect to be able to book a few big things, or at least get information and allow them to hold my date. I think it’s a little too close to wait till January for a June wedding. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Hi Tina,

  Just wondering what you decided to do! In December, I actually called a photographer that I saw at a bridal show and loved. I wanted to set up an appointment with them. They had already booked my June 23, 2012 date! It was a huge fluke…they were only booked for one date in 2012 and it happened to be mine. BUMMER! That made me really want to get moving on things.

  Now that it’s 2011, did your vendor let you book? Just curious.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have alot of my stuff booked already, the venue, decorator, photographer, catering services, church… they all were willing to lock in the price except for the caterer which I understand because food costs could sky rocket or drop, but I coimpletely understand where you want to get everything done, I am the same way I would rather get stuff done now then have to be stressing with a year left and have to do too many things in a ‘short’ time.. Plus, believe it or not, i have talked to manyhphotographers and venues who have people alreayd booking for 2012.. that summer seems like a very popular year and month to get married!!!

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