Rude response from a venue..when would you start planning?

posted 9 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
2419 posts
Buzzing bee

Your timing is fine.  We booked our venue about 2 years in advance.  In my location, the good venues tend to book 18 months in advance. And a lot of people like to book well in advance to ensure they can get a particular date if the date is important to them for some reason.

Take your business elsewhere. If this is how they behave when they should be wooing you and trying to get your business, imagine what they’d be like after they had a signed contract!

Post # 32
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Hopetoun House, UK

I booked my venue in September 2018 for my wedding in October 2020. I think thats horrible customer service to laugh ar the customer due to early planning! I think everyone plans differently, I wanted my venue to be secured as soon as possible.

Post # 33
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

littlebirdbee :  I booked my venue 14 months in advance and had to take a Friday date, because all the Saturdays for the season I wanted were already booked.  In fact, there was only one Friday and one Sunday left to choose from… (I live in Western NY state if that matters, and the venue was in a fairly rural area.)

Post # 34
1260 posts
Bumble bee

We booked the venues a year ahead. The reception venue is definitely not a usual wedding venue (they are one of our frequented bars with a nice function space), and they were more than happy to book us in early. The attitude is unwarranted. Booking venues and major service providers like photographers 12 months or more ahead of time is nothing unusual. In fact our photographer who is quite expensive gave a 10% discount for booking 12 months ahead. So it is certainly encouraged.

Post # 36
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I booked my venue 2 years out. My venue was so nice about it and welcoming. You’re not too early at all. 

Post # 37
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We booked our venue 15 months in advance! I think a year is probably more standard but I agree with everyone else, if they were professional and in demand they wouldn’t have had that reaction so I’d just keep planning and look elsewhere! Just think! If you book all the vendors you really want early you will be able to get most or all of the ones you really love and will take away a lot of stress later. Forget those people/that venue!

Post # 38
3043 posts
Sugar bee

littlebirdbee :  rude! It would make me think twice about working with them

I booked mine like 15 months beforehand. October/November 2016 for March 2018 wedding. And that is when i actually signed the contract – i was messaging and researching venues before that. 

Post # 39
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Yeah that place was wrong. I know tons of people who book popular venues 18 months in advance, same for on-demand photographers and other vendors. 

Find a place you love that won’t laugh in your face!

Post # 40
1111 posts
Bumble bee

I would have sent a scathing response saying “ok great, I guess I’ll spend my $500k elsewhere on a classier venue 🤣” but I’m petty like that lol 

Post # 42
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Oh venues are totally booking into 2020.  We are looking at venues for July 2020 and its not that far away.  

Post # 43
335 posts
Helper bee

I picked my venue and did a tour about a month after we got engaged in December 2017. I wanted a 2019 wedding but they wouldn’t even open the books until January 1, 2018. I asked them to send me the contract, etc. 

I submitted the contract and deposit on January 1 to ensure I got the date I wanted. 

Plan however you want. It’s a good thing you’re on top of it. 

Post # 44
4 posts

We wanted to get maried in Fall 2019, but all the Saturday dates at venues we liked were booked! We had 10-11 months at this point. We ended up booking a Spring 2020 venue just last week or so. It’s not too early, that venue is just rude. 

Post # 45
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: London

i booked my 202 venue back in june 2018 as they were already fully booked, so no i dont think youre too early. 

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