(Closed) When to book a venue/maryland venues

posted 7 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What style are you going for?  Did you have a type of venue in mind?

Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You should put this into the search engine to the right. There are a couple of other posts going on here lately about MD venues

Post # 6
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think that a lot of venues usually won’t book until around 1 year out (or maybe a little over 1 year out).  It’s probably not a bad idea to shop around, but you might not be able to book quite yet.  If you find somewhere that you love, it doesn’t hurt to call and ask though!

Post # 7
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My sister got married at the Overhills Mansion in Catonsville. (I think it’s Catonsville) There’s a church on the property so she got married there and walked the short distance to the mansion for the reception. I’m getting married at the Vandiver Inn which is in Havre de Grace so that might be a little far for you. There’s lots of great places out there, just google around and read reviews!

If you have the time, start looking at places now. Lots of venues book up quickly so you’re better off deciding early.

Post # 8
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

First things first- Make a budget and a draft guest list (with input from both sets of parents). You need to know how much you can spend and how many people you will need to accomodate befoire you start thinking about venues.

Second- What kind of vibe are you and your partner going for? Do you want something chic and sophisticated? City glitz? Vintage? Country charm? Cozy? Unique/wow? It’s hard to narrow down options when you don’t have a general sense of what you want.

Third- How much do you want to work? Are you a hands-on gal with lots of happy helpers to decorate everything, do set-up and clean-up, etc.? Do you want to coordinate several vendors, or would you rather have a place that already has everything you need (e.g. chairs, linens, silverware, etc.)? Is there room in your budget for a wedding planner to fill-in all of the details? A DOC to do the set-up/clean-up/stage manager stuff?

Fourth- Now you can start venue hunting. Keep in mind Out of Town travelers. Are there hotels within walking distance of your venue, public transportation options, or will you/your guests have to secure transport to/from? If there are hotels, are they affordable?  Do you click with the venue rep.? Is he/she responsive in a timely fashion? Does the venue meet the needs that you have already defined? etc. There are so many things youwill want to know.

Fortunately this area has plenty of venues to choose from. With this much time, you will definitely be able to define your needs and wants, and find a place that fits you just right. Good luck!

Post # 9
13 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Congrats!  We actually booked Elkridge Furnace Inn in Elkridge… we did a lot of venue research online before we even went out looking.  We had a tight budget and I got a lot of feedback from these boards too.  After talking to vendors we kept hearing a few locations were great places that could work with your budget.  Grey Rock Mansion in Pikesville was one, Elkridge was the other.  We heard of a few others like Martin’s, but those two had the best reputation and best feed back.  We checked both out, and fell in love with Elkridge Furnace Inn.  We got engaged in April, the wedding is in November and we pretty much had it all planned in 2 months, pretty much everything is done.  With that said, we really focused on what we wanted in our budget, and anything we were not sure of, we asked ourselves did we remeber that thing at other wedding, would we remember it, things like that.  So we cut out favors and a lot of other things, making our own centerpieces ect… and we could not be happier.  We are excited about our day.  The earlier you do things, the chances are the more you will be charged.  If you are open to dates and not set on a particular one, I highly reccomend being that way, as you may get a great deal on a non booked weekend or in offseason (generally Nov to March).  It is amazing the discounts you can get too.. always ask about paying in full for discounts, sunday weddings are a lot cheaper usually too.  Never hurts to ask!  Feel free to message if you have any Q’s!  Congrats!

Post # 10
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with previous posters–establish a budget before you start looking seriously at venues/vendors…we considered Pier V and their cruise ship–however for 150 guests we were nearing 6 digits–no lie! We actually ended up booking our venue for reception before we were even engaged…I had inquired (about 2 weeks before we got engaged) and found that the month we wanted was already half full–so I took down the dates they had opened and Fiance booked it the following day. This was about 13 months in advance…

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