(Closed) How far in advance did you book your venue?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: How far in advance were you able to book your venue with no issues?

    Less than 6 months

    6-12 months

    12-18 months

    Over 18 months

  • Post # 2
    2721 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I had a small wedding at a local B&B the week before Christmas.  I booked 14 months in advance.  

    Post # 3
    387 posts
    Helper bee

    We booked around 8 to 9 months in advance. 

    Post # 4
    2595 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

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    loveisbrewing:  I am an August 2017 bride and I just went to a venue that was booked out completely for 2016 including fridays and sundays! So now the pressure is on lol.

    Post # 5
    1603 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We booked our venue 7 months in advance. We did get our first choice of date.  We didn’t really have a specific venue that we were dead set on, when we were venue hunting.  We just wanted to get married anywhere that met our criteria and budget, with availability for our date.

    Post # 6
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    loveisbrewing:  My DH and I booked about 11 months away from the wedding and we booked the first venue we saw.  Every other venue we went to I kept comparing it to the first.  We saw it twice.  When we first went we had a set date for Nov 2014.  When we went to look at the venue that date was already taken.  I was sad but when we went again the second time we had switch our date to Dec 2014 and luckily the date was still open.  The guy was even nice enough to set that date aside without us signing a contract.  He gave us two weeks to decide whether we wanted to book it or not.  When we went back to book he told us that one of the owners had already added someone else’s name to that date and that they were already going in to pay the deposit.  Luckily the guy caught it and talked to the owner and told her that she had given us his word.  So we booked it and the lady ended up changing her date anyway.  By the time we booked it it was Feb 2014 and they were already booking for this year.  

    So if you know you like a venue and you know that venue is popular then I suggest you put a deposit down.  If your venue is like mine, they did a payment plan where we paid every two months.  That helped us save up the money with no problem.

    Post # 7
    7974 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    7 months.  got engaged 2 weeks before.  i searched for 2 weeks until we found the perfect place.

    Post # 8
    742 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We booked at about 8 months in advance (in October for wedding in May). We got our first choice for the date, but some of the Saturday dates were filling up already. If you feel like you want to book now, then book now! 🙂 It is a huge relief to get the date and venue that you want because then everything else will fall into place once you have those things. I don’t see any reason why your parents would be hesitant to put a deposit down far in advance if you know 100% that’s where you want to have it. We actually booked the venue before I had my ring because I was freaked about this!

    Post # 9
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Got engaged in Sept ’14, put down the deposit for our venue in Jan ’15, get married in 30 days.

    Post # 10
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Booked the venue the week after we got engaged. 16 months before the wedding. One of my top choices was already booked for the next 22 months! It truthfully doesn’t hurt to just get it done as early as possible so that you have time to figure the rest of the details out.


    Good luck to you 🙂

    Post # 12
    4604 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    We booked our October 2016 wedding the first weekend of June, so nearly 17 months in advance. Our friends just booked their March 2017 wedding last week.

    Post # 13
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016 - Muhlhauser Barn

    I booked mine 17 months in advance.  I found one that was perfect and that was the last weekend that they had available in 2016.  My friend got engaged in July of this year and they immediately set a date of next October.  We have been searching going on 3 months now for her and everything is practically booked already for 2016!  Start early so there is less stress 🙂

    Post # 14
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    We booked 13 months out and snagged the last Saturday available for April. April is not really a popular wedding month and already most of the Saturdays were booked up over a year in advance. If you want a Saturday in the summer, I say book the sooner the better!

    Post # 15
    3791 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    loveisbrewing:  Our engagement was only 8 months long, and we got our venue booked a month and a few weeks after we got engaged. So, 7 months before the wedding.

    I first started calling/emailing around to get prices/food menus, available dates, etc. Then, narrowed it down based on cost and what was all included – and most importantly, available dates.

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