(Closed) How far in advanced….?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most venues book well past a year, I would start with that.  Also if you go on weddingwire.com they have a pretty good checklist of when you need to do things.

Post # 6
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If your wedding is in October next year then I think now is a good time to start. I booked my venues 8 months in advance and I started everything else 5 months in advance, but I didn’t want my wedding to take over my whole life for too long.

Post # 7
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would say start as soon as you can….we tried booking a photographer a year and a half out and he was already booked.  It doesn’t hurt to be ahead of schedule!

Post # 8
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depending on your location, you may need to work a bit ahead of the timelines on the knot and wedding wire – I got engaged in May and our wedding is next Sept, but a lot of photographers, officiants and bands are already booked. 

Post # 11
9791 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also like weddingwire because it’s great to look up vendors and you can read real reviews from other brides. 

I looked at venues in July and August online and then went to look at them in person in August, decided at the end of August and just put down a deposit the other week.  Wedding is in almost a year.  The venue told me they are almost full now for September 2013.  I also already have my photographer.

The venue and photographer were the most important things for me and I wasn’t willing to change my date, so I wanted to book them early!  I would say get started now and put down a deposit for a venue and anything else where you are set on a specific vendor.


Post # 13
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@echolove:  deposits depend on the vendor and can vary drastically. For example, Fiance and I are meeting with four different photographers who are all in the 2-3k price range. Deposits vary from $250 – 1k. Our reception venue will be a $500 deposit, our ceremony venue requires payment in full (1k).

Overall, while those timelines are helpful, I think you and your Fiance need to prioritize what’s important to you and book based on that (within reason). For example, Fiance and I only want our reception one place – we’re not even looking anywhere else. We’re going to put down a deposit 20 months out. Photography is also really important, so we’re planning on signing a contract 19 months out. A DJ isn’t as important to us, so we’re going to wait a while.

FWIW, when Fiance and I got engaged in early June, we thought about an early June wedding for the next year, or even a September wedding. I contacted three photographers and the venues we wanted and they were all booked for all the Saturdays in both months – a year and 18 months out. It really depends on the area, though.

Post # 15
10449 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We booked our venue 22 months out with a $1000 deposit. Places here book up pretty fast. We also booked a photographer early with a $900 deposit because he was giving an amazing promotional deal from a wedding expo. 

Post # 16
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@Megan316:  I second Weddingwire.com

I used their guest list manager, their timeline, their check list, their wedding website, their seating chart, everything. It was awesome and helped me SO much with staying organized

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