Post # 1
I am a waiting bee with a proposal coming sometime this summer (June or July). I am in the Seattle area and would love to have a wedding in or just outside the city the Summer of 2017 and my SO is happy and on board with that too. I know venues can book up pretty fast and my family thinks I should book one now, but I honestly would feel more comfortable after I’m engaged as I would assume most people would. I don’t want to ask my SO to move up the proposal as this is the busy season for him and he has hardly any free time outside of work.
For those of you in a city, when did you book your venue and how hard was it to find one still available? Feel free to share what city you are in if you are comfortable with doing so!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Thank you everyone for responding and with really helpful comments. This has definitely relieved my stress a lot. I’m glad everything worked out for you all!!
I think I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the last few months of not planning anything yet before I end up in the thick of it this summer.
Thanks again all – I love hearing about everyone’s experiences!
Post # 7
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
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
whimsywallaby: we’re getting married in Chicago in June and we booked it in February.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
- 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!