Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club
I’m curious about booking our reception venue. We know where we want to have the reception (we went and looked at quite a few places a while ago, before we pushed back our date a year). At that time, we were told that it was all ready being booked for a few dates the same month as us, which was 1.5 years away so we thought that we’d just do it then (but didn’t because we pushed the date back, no big deal).
Recently my dad was talking to the man who runs the Venue (his company does work for the venue sometimes), and my dad mentioned that we were looking at that venue to be our venue. The guy said make sure to book no later than 1.5 years away. With our wedding being in May 2011, he said book no later than this coming January (2010). FI and I planned to book in this coming December (2010) just in case.
Today at dinner, my dad questioned us as to what we were waiting for. He says we should book it now, just in case. I know he’s excited (as are we) but really, is booking the venue almost 2 years (we’re 22/21 months away) out a little excessive? How long out do you normally book them?
Post # 3
I booked my venue 11 months ahead, BUT we have only been engaged for 3 months. I say if you KNOW you want it that date, why wait?
Post # 4
All the venues we looked out wouldn’t let us book that far ahead. The place we went with only books 18 months in advance. We booked it at 14 months ahead and they had about 3 inquires about our date in the same week.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
We booked 15 months ahead of time, because we needed a specific date and we liked that venue. We figured: we knew we needed the date, and we’d be disappointed if we couldn’t get the specific venue, so we just went ahead and did it!
Post # 6
I think it really depends on your region. We were engaged last Valentine’s Day and weren’t really planning on booking a hall until April or May (until I finished school). Out of sheer curiosity, I started calling around in late February to see if our date was available in various venues. Imagine my surprise when our top 3 picks was booked solid for June 26, 2010!
So yeah, it really just depends on where you live and how highly demands are for reception halls. Here we’ve heard that it’s normal for couples to book as early as 1.5-2 years ahead to ensure they get the venue they want, when they want.
I agree with the others: if you know where you would like and there is nothing else stopping you (ie: financial constraints), go for it!
Post # 7
We got engaged in December and booked in December. We knew we wanted a September date. When we inquired about our date there is already someone interested but that fell through. We were lucky though because the remaining September dates were taken and I believe so were October at the time.
It really all depends on the venue. Some venues allow booking far in advance while others choose not to. Also, it all depends on the location.
Post # 8
I think it really depends on the venue…some book up a lot faster than others.
We booked ours 10 months away…but we had like a 2 month window that we wanted to have our wedding and did not have a specific date in mind, so we could be somewhat flexible. We did want a Saturday evening wedding so that limited us somewhat on dates…I think for our particular venue if we had waited any longer we probably would not have gotten a date we wanted.
Post # 9
We booked ours 1.5 years out, and our original choice of date had been taken! It’s shocking to me how far out everything is booking.
Post # 10
I think if you know what you want, go for it! You can cross something off your planning list already.
Post # 11
Like others said, I think it depends on the venue. We booked our venue almost exactly a year in advance, May 5th, 2008 for our May 16, 2009 wedding. We knew we wanted May 2009, and didn’t want the first (graduation at the college in our city) or last weekend (Memorial Day). That left us with only two weekends, so we wanted to book quickly. We actually got engaged on Friday and went in to book our date the following Monday.
Post # 12
Definitely depends on your venue, plus time of year/area. We booked our place around March09 for a November wedding, but weddings at that time of year in Minnesota are NOT popular so pretty much everywhere we looked, even 7 months shy of the date, was open. I know people that try to book weddings in June or September here often have to wait a year or 2 to get a date that they want.
Post # 13
we booked about 8 months in advance. we had 9 months from engagement to wedding and started looking at venues straight away. if you already know that’s the location you want, have a date in mind and have the funds for a deposit, why wait? (unless you think you’ll be able to negotiate a better deal later, etc)
Post # 14
I agree that it depends on the region and popularity of the venue. However, I would book now because you’d get today’s price. Usually venues have cost increases every year and you’d be locked into the 2009 rate in 2011.
Post # 15
If you are certain on your date, and are getting married in prime wedding season I would book it asap. You never know when someone else will swoop in a take your date. At least then you will have a piece of mind that the day is set.
Post # 16
I think if I had gotten my act together, I would have had the date I originally wanted (excactly a year after my engagement date). Of course someone else had put a hold on the date I wanted . . . so if I wanted that date for the venue (I had decided I wanted that venue early on), then it was going to be a very late reception. Finally, I worked out that a month later might actually be better (even if it had been hotter). If I hadn’t had to reschedule, I would have booked back in June (10 months before the date). The rescheduling took me to 9 months before the date (and 3 months after engagement date). Still, I had a hold since early June on the date. I didn’t sign the contract until I got messages from the venue asking if I wanted to release the earlier of my dates.
I think it really depends on the venue.