How far out to book venue?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@futurejhart: typically yes bc there are only so many saturdays in a year. Where we had our wedding, its very popular, we booked 19 months in advance. The first thing we did when we got engaged was look at wedding venues. Before even thinking of a theme or colors or flowers, we picked out a venue and then everything else came later.




Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We booked ours 5 months out! It depends on where you live. Big cities book up faster!

Post # 5
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

@futurejhart:  Hello, My name is Skye.

I am getting married next October and I booked my venue in October this year. I was luucky, cause Sky High books out quick and there is already a wedding on the same day. It depends on time of year and if the plave ypiu want the ceremony is popular. 

I would call up the place and ask them when you should book, they will have more of when it is busy. You dont want to have your heart set on a date and cannot get it!

Post # 6
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you know the venue you want for sure and are sure it can handle the # of guests you anticipate, I would book as soon as you can. We actually looked at venues before we were officially engaged, so we knew which we wanted but I refused to put down a deposit without a ring. He proposed, I called my parents, he called his, and I emailed the venue to reserve our date. On Feb 3rd, we booked Oct 5th – we wanted the 12th, but there were 2 Saturdays left in October by then so we took the 5th. Which worked out, cause it rained October 12th and we had sunshine on the 5th.

Post # 7
14 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

In most areas, a year out is pretty typical for a Saturday wedding. That being said, we booked our venue 4 1/2 months prior to our wedding date…so sometimes you can get lucky if there’s a cancellation or if it’s a holiday weekend (like it is in our case)

Post # 8
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My date was booked over 18 months out, so yes ASAP!! The entire month of May 2014 was booked almost two years out! My venue was completely booked over a year out. 

Post # 9
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@futurejhart:  I would say for january or any off season date 10- 6 months is fine. We booked ours 9 months out and I think maybe 2 places out of 10 were not available 

Post # 10
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@futurejhart:  I booked in January of 2013, with my October 2013, but I took one of the last weekend, mind you it was a Sunday, dates available. Literally only 4 dates were available at my venue at that point, and the popular times the following year were filling up FAST. Depends on the popularity of the venue, makes a huge difference too. Mine was in high demand, other brides booked other places with dates 4 months later.

Post # 11
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Depends. If you want a peak month/prime venue, plan on booking a year out. If you’re okay with January, August, or a Friday, you’ll have more options.

I never thought I’d have a Friday July wedding (Friday the 13th no less), as you know how stupid hot and humid it can get here, but our venue had limited options (we started looking in January, and I think they were completely booked for Saturdays the rest of the year.)

Post # 12
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We booked our venue 17 months in advance, and it was already filling up fast.  Two out of the four Saturdays in May were already taken!

Post # 13
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@futurejhart:  we booked over a year in advance… Good thing too, because if we had waited we wouldn’t have been able to afford it! Prices are 3500 more expensive now!

Post # 14
15 posts

We booked 16 months in advance for a Friday night wedding. 

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I booked 10 months out and was sooooo lucky! My venue had only one Saturday left and it was the exact date I wanted!  That’s when I knew it was meant to be hahaha I had felt a little guilty about even starting to plan since we just got engaged but when I started inquiring everything was booked I panicked! 

Post # 16
45 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

If you’re truly planning to have your wedding in January, you really shouldn’t have a problem if you don’t book it right at a year out.  That being said, if there is a place that you will just die if you can’t have… the sooner the better, so you don’t have to stress.  I booked my venue this past July (2013) and my wedding is 12-13-14, so if you have something like that where you know it’s going to be a popular date, or month in general (in my area it’s October and May) then you probably need more than a year.  

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