How far in advance to book a venue in NYC?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

As soon as you can. Places book up really quick.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@NYCkindaBee:  I would think the Plaza or Cipriani or those types of places book up quickly. Most halls in NY and Nj are booked at least a year or two in advance. I love the inside of Capitale. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

In NYC, the sooner you can book the better.  The most desirable locations can book up on prime dates (and even not so prime dates) years in advance.  Start looking, if you can be at all flexable on date, that can help.  Once you have a venue and a date, stick with it.  Changing dates can be a challenge even in less populous areas, in NYC, you’re pretty well locked in.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@NYCkindaBee:  at the very least a year. Maybe a year and A half 2 years for popular dates. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@NYCkindaBee:  I live here. 🙂

But I’m not sure yet… it depends on a lot of things. I’d personally like something more like Yonkers or Tarrytown.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am getting married in the Hudson Valley and the earliest date we could get for a super coveted venue was 17 months away. The places we toured in the city were also almost all entirely booked. My coworker was able to get a date at a high traffic venue 10 months ahead, but its late October and they were super flexible about the date itself.

I would not pick a date before you have a venue, you are very likely to be disappointed. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I’m from the area, we’re getting married in Jersey City. I originally wanted a fall wedding but when I went venue shopping in July 2012 for October 2013, my venue only had November 19th or August 31st available for Saturday. You can tell which one I picked lol. So I say 1.5-2 years, and you have to be flexible about your date or your venue, or both unless you’re 2+ years out.

I think spring and fall are actually more popular for weddings in this area because that is when the weather is best. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MeiFrancis:  Yeah I think thats true also, also my coworker said her venue is super sought after but I don’t really get it and I could see people not loving it. I think they actually ended up with the first weekend in November, so its basically winter. 

I know someone getting married at the Central Park Boathouse in June, they have been engaged at least 2 years.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MeiFrancis:  I was looking on long island and I was 2+ years out when we booked and the date we wanted was already taken! 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@FoxyBride14:  this area is so crazy. That’s how these places get away with charging $200+ per head, though.

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