Post # 1
I got engaged last week, and we have already booked the church for June of 2013. We are having sort of a destination wedding, as we’re getting married at our alma mater. Planning and trying to visit venues is going to be difficult because my fiance and I are long distance right now, and both live at least several hours from where the wedding will be.
We are getting married on a Friday and have more than a year to go, so I would think that it will be ok if we need a month or two before we book the reception. Surely things can’t book up that fast, can they? I really don’t know what I want yet for the reception, and I’d like to have some time to plan and visit some venues before committing to anything. It seems like a lot of people plan really far in advance, so I want to make sure we don’t run the risk of running out of options.
How far in advance did you guys book? How quickly do my fiance and I need to act?
Post # 3
A year in advance is pretty standard. If it’s a venue that everyone wants, even sooner. I would atleast start looking now and start calling around to see if any one’s booked anything yet for your date.
Post # 3
I booked a year in advance for my location. Depending on what type of hall you are looking for, it can be booked a year in advance, some more, some less. My advice would be to call around to the type of venues you are looking for, and see what they say.
Post # 4
I would book at least six months in advance – I don’t think a couple of months is enough time, especially if you have your heart set on a special spot. I know that my venue books up a couple of years in advance. Remember that if it’s a college spot, the college itself might want to use it for a Friday night event.
Post # 5
I really think it depends on where you live… We booked ours a year in advance because it’s a popular place in our area. When we booked there were no June or September weekends left – and only one in July and one in August, so we booked the July date. (We’re getting married on a Saturday, though.)
Post # 6
I didn’t mean waiting until a couple months before the wedding- I meant waiting a couple months from now. That would still be more than a year before the wedding, which is June of 2013.
Post # 7
I don’t think you need to book ASAP, but I think you should go for it if you find something you like. My fiance and I I live long-distance from our wedding city, too, so we do a lot of internet research and then book a ton of stuff in our few trips back to Virginia.
Since we’re only going back maybe 5 times total before we get married, we booked our reception venue 16 months before the wedding. We knew it was perfect and didn’t want to wait 5 months until we’d be back.
Post # 8
If you have your heart set on a paticular date (which it sounds like you do because you have already booked the church) I would book the venue ASAP just to avoid it already being booked. If you have one date in mind, it is more difficult to book because all it takes is one person to book that date to mess things up. If you are more flexible in the date, then it takes many more people booking the venue to mess up your plans.