(Closed) When to book a venue?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sherryberry: If you’re getting married in 2013, then it’s not crazy to book a year before.  However, most places we’ve looked at will not book more than a year out.  We’re going to have to make a special request just to book our wedding a year and a half before.

Since March 13 falls on weekdays in both years, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You will probably have plenty of venues available 6 months before.

Post # 4
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re sure you want your wedding at that venue, I’d book it as soon as they start taking reservations. Especially if you have an exact date in mind.

Post # 5
1088 posts
Bumble bee

that sounds  too early.. unless it’s in 2013 but still that still sounds early to me, unless the venue is super popular.. I’m getting married march 10th of next year and we just booked our venue last week on the 30th… but our engagement is only 6 months so it’s short.

Post # 6
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say talk to the event coordinator at the venue and see if you can. At least then you will know and you can already save your dream venue! Congrats!

Post # 8
2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As to when to start looking – ASAP!!! I found when I was looking for venues more than a year ahead of time, I thought i was too early yet some places were already booked.  So find your place ASAP and if they don’t let you book yet, then just find out when you can and do it on the first day available.

Post # 9
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sherryberry: if you’re still in the saving phase, I would wait to book so you have a better idea of your budget.  Also, most venues raise their prices every year so you don’t want to book too early and be surprised by the increase. As long as it’s not a Saturday during wedding season you should be okay 🙂 It doesn’t hurt to look, though!

My Fiance and I are hoping to do a late April 2013 wedding and we’re actually looking right now and hope to book (crosses fingers) by end of January 2012.  One venue we recently looked at had a bride already booked for April 27th, 2013.  A couple places didn’t even have their schedule for 2013 open yet.

Post # 11
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It depends on your location and how popular the venue is.  I booked my venue I think in July for my wedding next October and they only had 1 more saturday left in October and I think she said they were booked til March 2013.  If your wedding will be during the week, I really don’t think there will be a problem.

Post # 12
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We booked our venue 1 year in advance and they only had one date left in September at that point.

We didn’t get the date we originally wanted because they were already booked.

Some venues can book really far in advance. I’d call the venue just to see what their current availability is for March 2013 just to make sure you don’t get an unwelcome surprise.

Post # 13
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I booked ours just under a year in advance… in my small town, there were only a few places that would fit our group, and we knew the month we wanted, so I had to get in early! 

Post # 14
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We got engaged in July 2008 and all of the Saturdays for 2009 summer season were booked for the venue we wanted, but we ended up deciding on 2010 to get married. It doesn’t hurt at all to book as early as possible, at least you know you have a defininte date and can start planning everything else. For us some photographer, videographers, and dj’s even booked 2 yrs in advance.

Post # 15
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think it’s weird to start looking that early.  Venues book up quickly…so the sooner you can do it, the better.  You’ll probably have to put a deposit down to reserve the space…

Post # 16
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it would be great to start looking early! As far as how early you need to book, it really depends on how popular your venue is.  I booked about a year and a half before our wedding, and all of the Saturdays in September were booked (the month we wanted), so we ended up with an October date.

Also, some venues may let you hold a “soft” reserve on a date without putting down a deposit.  Ours did this – if someone else was interested, they would let you know and you would have 48 hours (or something) to put down the deposit.  Another thing is that some places may honor lower pricing if you book early, even if they raise their rates. Just something to consider!

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