Post # 1
My wedding is May 2013 in Illinois, I live in Iowa at the moment. Venue is booked already. I set up an appt two months ago with a very well known photographer. She could only meet during the week due to her schedule so I took off work for this meeting and was going to drive the 6 hours to meet. Well today I get a email saying my wedding date is too far away and she’s canceling our meeting. I can book with her in 2012 instead. GRR.
Sadly this seems to be the response for every vendor I’ve tried booking. Yeah, I know my wedding is in 2013, but this is a Chicago wedding people. My venue was already booked on the original 2013 date I wanted!
I never wanted to spend this much money on a wedding to begin with. I’d rather go elope and put a huge down payment on a house. Sadly my Fiance wants a big country club wedding in his hometown. I’ve tried talking him down to something in between and gotten no where.
Should I just give up and walk away? Fiance is unwilling to do a small wedding and I’m unwilling to spend all this money on mean vendors for something I don’t want 110%.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens
It’s really odd that vendors are canceling meetings and refusing to meet with you. I’m sure there are a lot of companies that would LOVE your business, so I’d keep looking. I’m sorry you’ve had a bad experience so far. If you want to sit down and discuss this with your fiance to see if it is truly something he still wants, then maybe you should do that as well.
Post # 4
you can book a venue early, but most other vendors will make you wait until the wedding is closer. Just wait for a year and start booking again. Booking too early could also lead to trouble, because you have a lot of time between now and your wedding to change your mind about what you want.
Post # 5
really, you only need to worry about the venue and the photographer that early out. keep looking and don’t overwhelm yourself!
Post # 6
Maybe get back in touch with them and ask for an informational meeting. They might be resistant to locking in a date before their rates are fixed for 2013.
I totally get the desire to get everything done, but don’t worry. you have time. 🙂
Post # 7
We started planning 2 years in advance and haven’t run into that for a Kansas City Wedding, no one really batted an eye some of the vendors were already busy so I was happy we started early. If you are having a lot of struggles with vendors that travel easily (photographers/videographers…) try looking in other relatively close metro, a lot of the photogs in KC have links to both cities and don’t always charge travel fees… I did find that making a personal connection with the vendors was helpful in having them entertain the idea of booking so far in advance.