(Closed) POLL: Big City Brides – When did you book your venue?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Big City Brides, How far in advance did you book your venue?
    More than 2 years in advance : (1 votes)
    1 %
    18 months - 2 years : (6 votes)
    9 %
    14 - 18 months : (19 votes)
    28 %
    12 - 14 months : (17 votes)
    25 %
    10 - 12 months : (14 votes)
    21 %
    6 - 10 months : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Less than 6 months in advance : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 2
    9860 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I live in Denver and we booked our wedding exactly one year out. A lot of venues were already pretty booked up at that point. One told me they were booked for every Saturday and a lot of Fridays June through August. But since we were so flexible with our date (any Friday or Saturday May through mid-August would work for us) it was still easy to find a venue we loved. 

    Be willing to be flexible with your date and you’ll be fine.

    Post # 3
    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I booked my venue 4 months out and had no problems at all.  I didn’t actually look into that many venues, but the 3 or 4 I did look at all had our date (July 9) and we had no flexibility on the date.

    I live in downtown Chicago and we had our reception at a 5-star downtown hotel.  Initially I thought we had such good luck because we had a Saturday morning wedding and a brunch reception, but it turned out we were the only reception at the hotel that day!  They ended up upgrading us for free to the better ballroom with access to the ourdoor terrace (where we had cocktail hour).  

    We also had no problem with our ceremony venue (Rockefeller Chapel at U. of C.).  I’m not sure if they had other weddings that day or not.

    Post # 4
    906 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We booked 10 months out for a Sunday wedding in Philadelphia. Our venue is pretty popular, and every Saturday and most Sundays were booked by the time we visited. 

    If you’re flexible, then you should be fine. Just know that some of the “top” venues may be taken, especially on a Saturday. 

    Post # 5
    936 posts
    Busy bee

    We booked the venue about 14 months in advance.  Many places in our price range were booked or almost booked for the summer at that point.  We also booked our DJ, photographer, etc, about 12 months early, and several vendors in our price range were booked already.  I’m sure if we had waited, we could have found vendors and venues in our price range, but the extra time made it much less stressful.  Good luck with everything.  I’m sure it will all work out 🙂

    Post # 7
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    whimsywallaby:  I live in Boston, and we booked our venue 17 months out. They only had 2 Saturdays left in the entirety of the spring/summer season we wanted. Craziness, I tell you!

    Post # 8
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I live in Seattle and just got married on May 1st. We booked our venue about 10 months out, but every place that I spoke with didn’t seem really concerned about booking up too fast. No one was rushing me for an answer, or saying, “You better book soon!” But we were also very flexible with our date.

    Post # 9
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    whimsywallaby:  we’re getting married in Chicago in June and we booked it in February. 

    Post # 10
    8468 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Boston here – we booked about 14 months out. They actually had a cancelation and said they’d give me the venue for free if I could throw together a wedding in 2 months instead. I chose not to stress myself out though lol. It will depend on the venue for sure – if I wanted BPL or the Hampshire House or something I would have had to book more like 1.5 – 2 years in advance I think. 

    Post # 11
    2655 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    We live in Melbourne, Australia and are getting married in the Yarra Valley (not too far outside of the metro area and a very popular wedding location). We booked our venue about 14 months in advance – we really wanted October, but they were already booked out (a year in advance) so we’re getting married the first weekend of December.

    Post # 12
    32 posts
    • Wedding: February 2017

    I work at a wedding venue and we booked all our saturdays in June 2017 in January 2016. But I booked our wedding date about a year prior (March 2016 for a February 2017 wedding) and would have probably not needed to book it until September or so.

    I think it depends on where you want to get married. Places that are popular – ie. in bridal blogs a lot or bang for your buck places will book out more quickly than other locations.

    Post # 13
    3611 posts
    Sugar bee

    We signed the contract 16 months out, but we only got our June date because a friend who works at our venue had kept it on hold for us. Venues book up quickly.

    Post # 14
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I live in DC, and we booked a little less than one year in advance. I did wait until we were engaged, though. The woman at our venue said that most of the Saturdays in April were booked already, but we did a Sunday. We only looked at 2 venues, so not sure about the others. Good luck!!

    Post # 15
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - Grandover Resort

    We booked a Summer Saturday with our venue 16 months out (within a month of getting engaged). Our city is the third largest in NC & the venue we chose books really fast! 

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