Post # 1
So our wedding is in just about 10 months, but I’m at a loss for when I should put down a deposit for tables, chairs, and linens. I know what rental company I’m using, HOWEVER, I don’t want to over or under-estimate and based on what my MIL is saying…we probably won’t have an exact number until about 4 months before the wedding.
Is that an okay time frame to have them reserved or does it need to be farther ahead of time?
Post # 3
You should contact the company soon. I think 6-8 months out is around the time where you’d start reserving these, so now would be a good time to finalize the contract details.
You will probably be on the earlier end of people approaching them, but there’s nothing wrong with that!
Post # 4
You don’t have to know the exact number at the time of booking them. You essentially pay a deposit to reserve their services on that date. I guessing they’ll need the actual number in the weeks leading up to you wedding day. It’s better to book them early if you can because they might fill up for you date.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
Get them now! As someone said you reserve them now and give an exact number later.
Post # 6
You don’t have to know an exact number until the week or two before hand.
It like the caterer, you deposit to reserve their services, but you don’t tell them the numbers until just before the date.
Also, I am not sure how you will possibly know 4 months before the date who exactly is coming, since you won’t even be sending out invitation until 6-8 weeks before the event.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I wasn’t sure how caterers worked either since we aren’t having a catered dinner. Just a cake and a dessert bar.
@andielovesj: Because his mother’s family may be going on a trip next year to Ireland, but they won’t know until about April. Also, we are sending out the invites 3 months in advance.
Post # 8
@PacificMrs: Just be aware that standard inviting is 6-8 weeks before the event, and that sending it early will only be a headache for you. It is not polite to ask your guests to commit to your event so far in advance, when people don’t know their schedules and finances to be able to attend.
Post # 9
@andielovesj: Thank you for your input! However, etiquette for a destination wedding is 3 months in advance for a destination wedding, as opposed to just the 6-8 weeks for a wedding where most people live and won’t have to travel far. No one actually lives in the city that the wedding is in, so travel/work/school arrangements are a bit more tricky. This will work just fine for our situation, but I appreciate your opinion. Thanks hon! 🙂