(Closed) How early to look for a venue:

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It depends on where you live on how soon to start looking for a venue. If you are in an area like California, I would start looking at least 18 mons in advance but if you are in a less demanding area, I would say 9-12 months in advance. It is good to go ahead and just slowly starting looking at venues in your area to help narrow down and price things and continue visualizing how you want your day to look.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BlinginBride:  I would go ahead and call the venues you are interested in and ask if they are starting to look into booking 2014 weddings. If they are, go ahead and visit. If they aren’t, I would wait at least around January. Also, now is the time to start going to bridal shows if you can and get a head start on meeting other vendors and seeing how they are. I went through 3 vendors each (3 caterers, 3 photographers, 3 venues… etc.) it was difficult for me. But going to shows helped me get a free venue and a free honeymoon. I also got to sample delicious cakes and food (and wine!). It’s a nice enjoyable time.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Make sure you set a guest list and budget before you look at venues. Both of these should be pretty definite before you look seriously at a venue. There’s no sense looking at places that are too small or too expensive given your constraints.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

We booked 8 months in advance, but that was too late for us to get our preferred date, so we settled on another date.

Since you have a strict date, the earlier the better. Just in case you fall in love with a venue but it’s booked that day!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Fiance and I booked the reception hall a couple of months ago and the wedding is on Friday July 4, 2014. To me its never too early especially if it’s a high demand place and date.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It depends on where you live, what your budget is, and how big your wedding is going to be.

We are on a relatively tight budget and our wedding is going to have about 220 – 250 people, so we need to find an affordable place ASAP.

Therefore we booked our reception venue 18 months in advance.

The ceremony venue was found about 12-13 months in advance and we are in the process of getting the money together for a deposit now (11 months away). 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It really depends on how in demand the venue you like is or if you’re open to multiple locations. I’m right outside Philly and getting married next September. When we started looking in July, some venues had a lot of booked dates for 2013, while others had a pretty open schedule. It’s all about demand.

I wanted to get married in the city, but we chose the burbs for family convenience, and I LOVE the venue we chose (Joseph Ambler Inn). There are A LOT of wonderful venues in this area, so have fun narrowing it down! We booked in July/August (I forget), so 13ish months before the wedding.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We booked our venue about a month ago and we are 6/8/14!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BlinginBride:  ooo baby I NEVER think its too early to start looking for a venue!

I think the more time you have to visualize and play with the ideas for the space, the better! So what I would recommend you doing is sort of writing up a guest list of how many people you think you may have and then take that number to looking at venues.

If you are thinking about having a small wedding, it might be helpful to start thinking outside the box about spaces for your reception.. like restaurants or quaint cafes or parks.

Its never to early to research and its so much fun so I would just start now! 😀

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BlinginBride:  Where is your church located, you would want something close to your church? or it doesnt matter. I would start looking as the end of the year is close which means people will be getting engaged by the end of the year and you want your date set at your venue so no one can take it. 

Have you looked anywhere yet?? 

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