Post # 1
I just got engaged in October. We’re planning a 2011 wedding. We looked at our first place this past Sunday and went to another tonight. We both fell in love with the place tonight – it has the elements that I want and it fits into our budget without feeling like a “budget wedding”. Should we look at other places or just take the plunge with this one?
Post # 3
Hmmm, that’s tricky. I’m sure in NY dates fill up quickly so I don’t see the harm in doing it. Will they offer current rates? I guess my main question would be, what is the incentive of doing so this far out?
Post # 4
The dates do fill up and we would get the 2011 date for the current price. I feel like if I get the location established I can relax a little bit and build all my details around the place.
Post # 5
i have nothing but instinct to go on as i have never planned a wedding but i say go for it— it sounds like what you two want at a price thats right PLUS you get it locked in at the 2009 rate and the security of knowing the venue is set!
Post # 6
If you love the place, and the price is right, go for it! It’s fantastic that you’re able to lock in 2009 “recession” pricing, and yes, dates do fill up fast around here.
One thing I would suggest – just because you’re booking relatively far in advance – when you get the contract, make sure there is some protection in there for you in case the venue goes out of business or makes some massive changes in the time between now and your date – i.e. massive construction, renovation or a complete change in cuisine or anything like that. Get absolutely everything in writing and try to negotiate some sort of “out” for yourselves (especially if your deposit is sizeable). Also, ask them about their finances – in this economic climate, financial questions are perfectly reasonable things to ask a prospective venue. Not to be a “debbie downer” but if an institution like Tavern on the Green can go bankrupt…you never know what can happen.
Post # 7
@Trixie.. for some more help, there is a wesbite that is specifically for LI brides. I think it is LIweddings. com. They have bride’s wedding reviews, so I’m sure you could find out more about the venues you have looked at and see if there are others that fit your taste and needs!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
if you love it and it feels right – go for it and don’t look back!
Post # 9
If you love the place, then you should book it, but if you have a couple of doubts, you should go check out a couple other places, just to make sure.
We booked our venue this past September for our wedding in March of 2011. It is a venue that will fill up fast and they offered us a price we couldn’t resist. We had budgeted for the amount they were asking, but I asked if they offered any discounts and they did, so we got it for an even better price.
Post # 10
If you like it then book it, though I’d look at a few more just to be sure the venue is “the one.” Personally, unless it’s a place that books quickly, I think it’s too early because you never know if you’ll fall in love with another place and also the market has the potential for going down even more. But that aside… if it’s the one than book.
But a lot can happen between now and 2011, so be sure to read the terms of your contract carefully. Make sure that in the event you need to cancel (because you found another place or for any other reason) or change your date, that you can find a replacement or just cancel without too much cost to you.
Post # 11
I would go for it! We booked our 2011 date in August this year. If you love it then go for it 🙂
Post # 12
I see no harm in booking this far in advance either. But I would agree with another poster and add something about the place going out of business, etc. into your contract.
Definitely though research the place, check for reviews etc before booking.
The place & price might be great but you want to make sure the food (if it comes with) and service is just as great!
LIWeddings is a great resource for having your wedding on Long Island!
I would sugguest since you have time let it stew in your head for a little bit.
P.S. May I ask what place?
Post # 13
We got engaged in Feb and looked at a tons of places only to come back to the one we liked the best anyway. We’re getting married Sept ’10 and booked the place in April ’09. Research a few other places just to make sure that’s what you really want, but don’t sit on it so long that you miss out on your favorite venue.
Post # 14
Thank you so much ladies – I appreciate all the feedback especialy since the reception is such a big part of the wedding. I will definately keep in mind the contract and whether or not we’re going to be protected in the event something does happen (fingers crossed!) but it has been around for a long time.
Post # 15
Long Island Venues book SUPER fast, if you love it, go for it. I booked my wedding last November for this October. There were 2 days left on their calendar for the entire year of 2010!! It just so happened they had the day i was looking for….