(Closed) How late is too late to reserve?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Depending on your area and the popularity of your church, I’d say no later than a year…obviously people plan weddings in less than a year, though.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well, it would be too late when the date is booked.

If you’ve got your hearts set on a date it’s probably not too early to book if you can get your Fiance to show you where the place is.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Um, sorry, you can’t find the church by yourself?  I don’t understand this.

That being said, if you really have your heart set on a specific date, it’s better to try and book it early.  Maybe you can call?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

It just depends on how popular the church is as an event site– have you called them? I would talk to them over the phone and ask about scheduling and things, their clerk/ church secritary should be able to answer most of your questions. It could be the kind of thing where it’s popular enough that it’s booked 12-18 months in advance, at which point you need to book ASAP, or it could be they only have a few events scheduled for all of 2014 and you’ll have your pick of dates.  Especially if you’ve already settled on a date, sooner is always better than later. 

Why can’t you find the church yourself? 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ask google maps to tell you how to get to the church and go get it booked. Problem solved.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

The preacher should have a phone number where he can be reached– it’s customary (especailly in small communities like that) for the preacher to be made available to the entire parish, even if it’s just a voicemail and he’ll call back later.  Do you know any other members of the church? Presumably, if he’s been going since he was 11, his parent(s) are members? They probably know the preacher well too– they might be able to talk to him for you.  

What is the name of the church? What town is it in? With a little bit of help from Google we can probably find it. 

If it’s that important to your Fiance that you get married there, you should ask him to pick a Sunday to do it, and make him stick to the plan.  Short of work requirements or something, if it matters that much for him; he’ll find the time. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

What happens if they schedule him to work on his wedding day? 

That may sound extreme, but my husband has a similar job– he travels a lot, and often times a 3 day trip can turn into a 3 week trip one “1-2 day extension” at a time.  It’s easy to put it all on his employer, but they only call him because he never says no. At some point, he needs to put his foot down and say when he’s simply NOT available. 

At some point he has to decide, what’s more important– working when they call him in CONSTANTLY or getting married in the church he’s been a member of most of his life. If he gives his work enough advanced notice, they should understand that, if not– then you’ll have to make other arrangements. 

You could do a little research and go to the church yourself, or you could talk to a family member, or you could try to get the preacher’s contact information and phone him, or you could research different venues as a back-up plan, if the church is booked for the day you want it. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Can you ask your Fiance to give you directions/ more information when he is home? 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

April is a really popular wedding month, the sooner you book, the better!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d call them and see how early they book.  Sometimes it’s only a year.  If you can book it now, heck, just do it, if you’re set on the date and venue then that’s one less thing to worry about and makes it a lot easier to plan the rest of it.

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