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

posted 11 years ago in Venue
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

we booked early last month for June of 2012, so about 17 months ahead. I didn’t want such a long engagement, but earlier dates in April and May were starting to go. If I were you, I’d just start looking and book now- even if you can do it later, you might as well take advantage of the extra time and do it early, since it’s got to get done anyway.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

I think it depends on the venue. We booked 2 years in advance and our top two dates were unavailble at our venue. That being said, there are plenty of places you can book only months in advance. I have friends who have planned weddings in 4 months and another in 6.

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We booked about a year and a half in advance, it was the first real wedding thing we did and I LOVE IT

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We booked our about a year in advance 

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours is at the same site as the ceremony I’ll be booking it Saturday! So 7 months!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

8 months is fine. We booked ours 10 months out!

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yeah I booked mine about a year in advance also.

Post # 39
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Busy bee

We booked our venue 8 months in advance. The venues get swept up fast so you have to get it while you can.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee

We booked our reception venue 11 months in advance.

8 months should be enough time, provided you aren’t trying to get married at a super busy time. 

Post # 41
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We booked 10 months in advance.. I think it really depends on your area/how popular your venue is.  Our is very popular and we couldn’t get any dates in the summer except for Fridays by that point… hence, we are having a Friday wedding (and saving $2000 right from the start with discounted vendor prices)! 🙂  A friend of mine booked 8 months out somewhere else and was fine, though.

Post # 42
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Honey bee

We booked ours 13 months in advance; but 8 months should be fine for most venues (assuming they aren’t super popular ones).  Also, if you are flexible on dates and not going for a specific date, that should help too.

Post # 43
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Newbee

@Claudia30:  It really depends on when you would like to get married.  Busy season is between May-October typicially and you should start looking at least 8-12 months in advance. If you’re looking at off peak season, it should be relatively easy to find a venue even a few months before your preferred date

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We booked ours 17 months in advance. It just ended up this way because we got engaged in December and wanted a summer wedding with at least one year to plan.

I don’t see anything wrong with 8 months before although it’s nice to get a heads start if you are looking for a specific weekend or popular venue.

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