Post # 1
I have my heart set on June 13, 2015, but SO and I are not booking anything yet.
I was just wondering, did you ladies who had/have a longer engagement get the date, venue, vendors, etc. that you wanted? Was there something that you weren’t able to book in time?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I booked everything about 1 year in advanced and had no problems. Things were starting to book up and I’d say had I waited 1-2 months longer I might have lost out on our venues but everything worked out fine. I think you’ve got plenty of time. Doesn’t hurt to start looking though and if you find a venue/vendor you love or might want ask how far in advance they usually book up.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
It’s harder to book the venue if you have already chosen a date, especially if you are trying to coordinate a church and a separate reception venue. We picked the date after confirming that our church and first choice reception venue were available. Plus, we found out that we could save thousands of dollars on the site fee by picking a certain season and day of the week. So, waiting to pick an exact date really worked out in our favor. We were engaged for 18 months, and we had our first choice of vendors the whole time. But that’s because I was on top of everything from the get go ’cause I’m a big planner. 😉
Post # 5
@lovelee1: So one might think that if you had a longer engagement, you’d book earlier and therefore ensure you got what you wanted. I booked everything as soon as I got engaged or shortly thereafter – after 15 months ahead of the wedding. I didn’t have any issues.
Post # 6
@Christy42213: I figured it would be harder if you choose the date first… I will also needed a church and a reception venue. I suppose the first thing to do is find out if the church is available on that day and go from there.
I’m glad that I will have the extra time, but you’re right, it would be a good idea to start asking vendors these questions.
Post # 7
@LilRhodyGem: Right. My SO and I are doing things in a strange order, we already have an idea for date, venue, guest list, but aren’t officially engaged. I plan on booking right after we are engaged, the sooner the better 😉
Post # 8
@lovelee1: we got literally everything we wanted, except that our first choice photographer was ‘holding’ a date for someone else, so we moved on. others were booking up that we really liked, so we didn’t hesitate.
Post # 9
I booked the big things almost 14 months in advance. I got every vendor I wanted so it worked out great. The last vendor, floriest, I did not book unitl about 6 months out because I had trouble finding one that I liked.
Post # 10
I haven’t had trouble with anything except our venue. It’s a bit of a different situation though because we’re using the park at the local library and there is a festival there a certain weekend every year and I had forgotten about that when we picked our initial date. We ended up changing the date.
I booked my DJ just over a year out, he said he had a bride book the weekend before us 6 months earlier.
If you are really specific on what/where/you you want, I’d say start booking asap just to be safe.
Post # 11
we started booking things about a month after we got engaged, so about 14 months out. We’ve had no issues at all, but we just had a season in mind (winter) and not really a date. At our venue all of January was taken, half of March and half of Feb. We went with March 1, but I was amazed how far in advance stuff was booking. They do have a flipping awesome winter package so that probably didn’t help things.
Post # 12
I’d rather be safe than sorry, so I would book anyone you really want as soon as possible. We looked at one venue the 16 months before our date and they were already booked. So yeah, if it’s a popular place they get booked very quickly.
Post # 13
@lovelee1: We booked everything 12-13 months out without any issues. We got married in March though, which isn’t peak wedding season. I know my photographer and make up artist were already booked well into the fall when I booked.
Post # 14
We started planning 13 months in advance with just a general idea of the date. The venue and planner was easy, but the first choice band was booked already – we went with another great one, it just happened to be twice as expensive. I do think did end up with the better band now that I see more reels/info.
Post # 15
@CoCoCourtney: Wow! I would have never thought to book a DJ so far in advance! Good advice, now I want to book everything lol.
Good to know
I am pretty firm with the venue and church, other than that, I wouldn’t be too worried about getting the photographer and other vendors that I want. Also, I model so I have become friends with a couple great photogs and would go to them soon after getting engaged
Summers are hot here so we would be getting a discounted rate for the season, which means other people will want to take advantage of it. Also, June weddings are so popular. Plus side, some people wouldn’t want to get married on the 13th because of supertitions, but that’s why I love it!
Post # 16
@lovelee1: There was a venue that I loved, and we went to check it out as soon as we got engaged with a special date in mind. They were already booked 13 months out, and didn’t have our date available. We are going to book them anyway because we loved it…I’m a little sad about it, but knew that there was a good chance we would have to sacrifice our date.