Post # 1
How far in advance did you find you needed in order to book your venue? When did you start looking, and how far booked out were places? I’m a waiting bee, looking at getting married next summer, but I’m worried it won’t be possible to find a venue for next summer if we don’t get engaged in the next 2-3 months.
Post # 3
I’m sure it depends on your location and choice of venue. I started looking in early February for a September date, and had to contact about 15 venues before I found one that was available. Because we planned the church ceremony first, I had no flexibility with the date and went with whatever venue was available. I was upfront about that when I asked for availability, but one place insisted on sending me their entire schedule for the next two years. I was like, no thanks, I’m not so interested in your venue that I’ll delay my wedding until the next availability in DECEMBER 2012!
I am still a little miffed that four venues never even responded to my emails! Who does that? That just seems like bad business.
Post # 4
Reminds me of a friend that was planning a wedding with a short engagement period (4-5 months). Before trying on dresses she was clear when she’d need the dress by, but one place informed her they just couldn’t do it and “You’ll just have to change your wedding date!”
I’d be looking in Boston area (hence my first time posting in the local board), willing to go to RI or New Husband. I’m guessing big cities book up faster, but fortunately I don’t have my heart set on a specific place.
Post # 5
I’m in Boston — some places book waaaay in advance, but if you are flexible on which venue you’ll have more luck. I think May, June & Sept/Oct are the hardest. So if you are thinking July/August that may help too. The other dates we found that tended to stay open were holiday weekends, like Labor Day.
Post # 6
Were getting married in June 2012 we booked our venue last month… good thing we did cause it was the only June Saturday left for next summer and May/ August/ September were already full. I was told 2012 is a big year for wedding’s because it’s a lucky year or something lol. Depending on your wants/ restrictions (like size of your guest list) it’ll be easier or harder.
Post # 7
I replied before I realized you had posted this in the Boston board! I don’t have any local tips, but I can say that if you definitely want to get married next summer, a short engagement is totally possible. You just have to accept that you won’t get all of your first choices – flexibility is key with a short engagement.
Post # 8
That’s a bit of a bummer. I had of course been thinking May/June/September. There’s only a handful of good weather months around here! Ideally we’d do Memorial Day, but I think I’d need to be on that now to make it happen. I have no idea on size of guest list to be honest…total guess, but perhaps 125-150. Most of my extended family won’t travel for it, but his lives near, and as a somewhat older couple (30s), we’ve got many friends from our different schools/jobs.
Post # 9
We planned a winter wedding and if you don’t mind holiday decorations (think wreaths, lots of magical white lights, gold, deep reds, and maybe a tree) you can have a beautiful wedding and get some good discounts on your venue or caterer sometimes. We planned everything in about 8 months but I know we had more options by having our wedding off season. You migh have better lucking finding the venue of your dreams if you look on Sundays, especially during the warm month where things seem to book up quickly. If you work with a wedding planner, they might be able to help you find the perfect venue since they are probably familiar with more unique places that might not even advertise in the wedding magazines. Good luck!
Post # 10
I think it depends on where you live.. I also think it depends on weather or not your venue(s) are typical wedding venues. I booked our church about a year in advance and I booked our reception about 10 months out. I booked everything else flowers, cake, dj, photograper aroun the same time at ten months out. You should have time dont stress yet.
Post # 11
I booked my Nov 2011 wedding in Boston in March 2010 and places were booking up fast for 2011 then. In my experience, many Boston brides book their venue anywhere from 12-24 months in advance as the “norm”.