(Closed) How far ahead do I need to book a venue?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Bee
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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.

Good luck!

Post # 4
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
Member
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
Member
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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
Member
8464 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
Member
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our wedding isn’t until June of 2014 and some venues are already booked 🙁

Post # 9
Member
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
Member
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
Member
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
Member
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
Member
1832 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Start shopping around ask what availability is still bookable. Popular places get booked up really quickly.

Post # 15
Member
8473 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I say get on it!  Like everyone said above, some book years in advance, especially if they are popular. 

Post # 16
Member
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.

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