Post # 16
I’m in DC. We got engaged May 2015 and booked our venue that month for October 2016 (17 months out). We were told that all of Spring 2016 was already booked, but we wanted a fall wedding so it worked for us! We are having a Saturday wedding if that matters.
I don’t think summer is as popular as spring and fall so you might be ok, but it can’t hurt to email places you’re interested in to see if they still have availability. One of my friends is expecting to get engaged in a few months and has already done that for a few places so they’re prepared to book right away.
Post # 17
I am in Philly. 7 months out. But the engagement will only have been 8 months, and inevitably we were tired of looking. Venue shopping was nightmare for me.
Post # 18
whimsywallaby: I’m in DC, and we booked a venue in the city on a Saturday night about 6 months out. Both our top 2 options were still available at that point. But if we’d needed a bigger space (we had about 100 guests) we would have needed to book at least a year out.
Post # 19
- Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman
whimsywallaby: We’re in Sydney, Australia and got married this past April. Sydney is the largest city I’ve lived in area-wise, so depending on where we searched the results were pretty different. If we went further inland (and away from the waterfront), we found that venues weren’t as packed. My hubby and I had 2 different ideas – he wanted a garden wedding and I wanted it to be on the waterfront. In the end, we compromised and decided to get married on the waterfront in the national park. We managed to land our venue just a little over 12 months out from the wedding date. We really lucked out because we had a choice of only 2 days left in the season with 1 of them being before daylights savings ended. I remember on the day that we booked, there was a couple in front of us that was booking 24 months in advance.
Post # 20
Los Angeles and we booked our venue 13 months out and the place already had quite a few bookings. Booked the photographer 13 months out too and he was pretty booked already. Never hurts to start early!
Post # 21
NYC bride here! We started looking in March and finally chose a place and got the contract a week ago for June 2017. We went into this looking for a venue we liked and then would pick a date based on availability. We were actually surpised at how much availability there was 14-13 months out. I thought we would have a hard time getting a date we want in late Spring/ early Summer, but there was a lot of dates still available. Apparently in NYC, most people want Auntumn dates.
Post # 22
- Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead
whimsywallaby: We booked a year out, we were set on 10/22 but on the drive up to view the venue in person, which was a rule before you could contract, someone submitted a contract, so we had to take 10/29 and that or thanksgiving weekend were all that were left. A good deal of venues were already also booked up by then also.
Post # 23
I’m in the Seattle area as well and we booked our venue 18 months out, although we started the booking process 19 months out. Our venue is 30-40 minutes outside of the city though. The venue’s owner said they typically book out from January – March for the following summer. I think Seattle is a little different from other cities because of the weather here. June – August seem to be extra popular considering that the other 9 months of the year are typically really rainy and cold. If you want a weekend wedding, that’s another factor to consider since there are only about 12 weekends in the summer.
Post # 24
whimsywallaby: hard to respond to your poll since we booked 18 months out, and that option appears twice. NYC area.