How many months in advance?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@renwoman:  We booked our venue almost exactly a year in advance, and I think 11 months would have been fine as well.  And with a DIY wedding?  You’ll be just fine! 🙂

Post # 4
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh gosh, we booked ours 17 months before our wedding lol. 

Post # 5
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@renwoman:  We booked ours 17 months out.  I liked having the peace of mind that we got what we wanted.  My venue told me that not 3 weeks after I reserved our date, another bride wanted it.  I think it all depends on the area you live in, and if your date is somewhat felxible.  If so, doing it later is totally workable.


Post # 6
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@renwoman:  People do that all the time! SO’s sister just booked her venue, about 9 months away. And lots of people plan a wedding in 6 months – I think you just have to be more flexible on your date and venue choice, if you don’t book as far in advance.

Post # 7
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We booked last month, so about 11 months before. Our wedding is a destination in the south of france though (actually got got back from seeing the venue in real life!) so it was important for us to pick a venue ASAP. 

The only thing I would fear is the venue being booked for the day you want. 

Good luck!

Post # 8
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our place was in demand so we booked 15 months ahead, and even then there was only one ballroom left out of 4 for our date!  How quickly you book depends on how quickly they fill up, how sure you are it’s the perfect place and how much you want the peace of mind that comes with checking it off your list.  If on a scale of 1-10 you rate at least an 8 for 2 out of the 3 I would do it.

Post # 9
5818 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had a small (50 ppl) wedding at a restaurant with an outdoor space for the ceremony. We put the deposit 7 months before. 

Post # 10
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

we’ll be doing ours a year in advance.

things are already booked for 2015 around here.

Post # 11
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@renwoman:  We booked ours wayyyyyyyy early. 18 months in advance

Post # 12
1591 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@renwoman:  Ours was booked a little less than 9 months. We had no specifics on the date just a couple of months we would like to get married in and took what was available.

Post # 13
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We booked ours 17 months in advance. It was already filling up and we really wanted a specific date!

Post # 14
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@renwoman:  We booked ours almost exactly a year in advance.  Since you’re having a small wedding, you should be fine on the planning end.  Your challence will just be making sure you book it in time to secure the place you really want or be OK with having to go somewhere else if another couple books it first.

Post # 15
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@renwoman:  Just finalizing ours now. Wedding is in 9 months! So much to do…

Post # 16
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Depends on where you are, where you want to book, what time of year you’re booking.  Obviously popular time frames/places are going to be booked up earlier than others.  We booked our wedding and put a deposit down in February for our wedding in six weeks (eee!).  If I’d wanted the weekend before, I wouldn’t have been able to get anything, I don’t think.

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