Post # 1
Hi everyone. I am having a long engagement but I’m already feeling the pressure to book a venue. We’re currently about 21 months out from the wedding and I’m staying to get nervous we won’t get the venue we want for the date we want if we don’t book soon. Everyone is asking where we’re having the wedding and when- I want to wait to set a concrete date because I want to go into venues being somewhat flexible. Our wedding does have to be in the summer of 2017 so i am nervous about missing the boat and having to settle for a 2nd rate venue. Vendors I reached out to are already booking for 2017 and pushing for us to go in for tours. Realistically I know we won’t be able to set aside a weekend for tours until after the holidays, not to mention my parents who are paying for the reception are hesitant to put down deposits so far in advance. ~18 months sounds like plenty of time in theory, but I was hoping to get some advice and reassurance from you bees.
How far in advance did you book your venue? Did you get your first choice of venue and date? Thank you!!!
Post # 2
I had a small wedding at a local B&B the week before Christmas. I booked 14 months in advance.
Post # 3
We booked around 8 to 9 months in advance.
Post # 4
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
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
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
7 months. got engaged 2 weeks before. i searched for 2 weeks until we found the perfect place.
Post # 8
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
Got engaged in Sept ’14, put down the deposit for our venue in Jan ’15, get married in 30 days.
Post # 10
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 # 11
yes! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills because one venue already has 2 of 4 Saturdays in July 2017 booked! Seeing the responses from other bees is very reassuring though, I’m starting to feel like it’ll be OK to wait another few months
Post # 12
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
- 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
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
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.