(Closed) Book the Reception How Far in Advance?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How far out did you book your Reception venue?
    0-5 Months : (0 votes)
    6-8 Months : (5 votes)
    6 %
    9-11 Months : (18 votes)
    21 %
    1 year : (19 votes)
    22 %
    1.5 years or Less : (38 votes)
    45 %
    More than 1.5 years : (3 votes)
    4 %
    2 years : (2 votes)
    2 %
    2.5 years : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    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
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    4465 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    113 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think if you know what you want, go for it! You can cross something off your planning list already.

    Post # 11
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    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
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    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.

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