Post # 1
I just got engaged last weekend! I am very excited! I have my engagement story in another post if anyone is interested in reading it. We are hoping to get married in the fall of next year and my family said I need to start looking at venues soon before they get booked up. Just curious but about how far ahead do I need to book a venue?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!
Fall is a fairly popular time of year for weddings, at least in my area. Most places book up about a year in advance so it might not hurt to at least make a few phone calls and see what’s available. You don’t have to make a decision right away but you might want to inquire as to how many free weekends places have so you can gauge how difficult it might be for you to book something.
Post # 4
some places book up to 2 or 3 years in advanced. my wedding isnt until 10/31/14, and we already have out venue booked [just in case!]
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Congrats!! It really depends on the venue and the city.
My brother got married in New Orleans, and his #1 venue was booked over 1.5 years in advance! My venue in Rhode Island was free about 9 months in advance. So, it really just depends.
Saturdays are the most popular and book up the quickest. May through October is also considered the wedding season, and things book up more during this period (and are more expensive than the off-season months).
Post # 6
@candy08: Congratulations! Depending on your area, I would book 1 year in advance. I booked our venue, a popular hotel, 1 year, 5 months in advance. Some of the places we looked at, however, would not allow booking until exactly one year in advance.
Post # 7
Usually about 1 year in advanced, depending on the location and time of year. Congrats and best of luck with the wedding planning.
Post # 8
Our wedding isn’t until June of 2014 and some venues are already booked 🙁
Post # 9
Congratulations! Such an exciting time.
DH proposed Christmas Eve 2010. I booked our venue June 2011. The coordinator told me our weekend we had chosen was the last one for October 2012!
It doesn’t hurt to look now and begin pricing. You and your FI (EEK!) can sit down and go over costs together to make a final decision. =) Happy planning!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Our venue books out 2 years in advance. 2013 is completely full already and has been full since about April of this year. They don’t start booking for 2014 until Jan 2, but they fill up fast so FI and I are making sure we are the first in line the day after New Years. I’ve had my eye on this date for a long time but we never got it because someone had already taken it.
I’d book ASAP if I were you.
Post # 11
It depends on where you live and where you want to have it.
We had to book our venue 14 months in advance, and we only got that date because someone else had cancelled, otherwise we would have had to go out to 16 months in advance.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Our wedding is at Disney and they wouldn’t accept any bookings until 365 days in advance or less. We were ready to book our May wedding last March but we had to wait exactly a year to put down our deposit (hoping no other couple wanted our day/time/location).
Post # 13
I got engaged on January 8, 2012 of this year and we wanted an Oct 2012 or January 2013 wedding. I started calling venues and made appointments to see places since we were leaning towards Oct, and every venue I was interested in was completely booked for the month of Oct 2012, and it was Feb 4 2012 when I was calling to inquire. Needless to say we are having a winter wedding on January 20, 2013.
I would call now to see about dates and be prepared to book a venue if your wanting Oct 2013.
Post # 14
Start shopping around ask what availability is still bookable. Popular places get booked up really quickly.
Post # 15
I say get on it! Like everyone said above, some book years in advance, especially if they are popular.
Post # 16
We got engaged in June and decided on a Sept wedding. We looked at venues a week after we got engaged and everything was already booked up pretty much. Jump on it! It’s easier if you are flexible on your date.