Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We’re newly engaged (as of Jan 13th), and are looking to have a short engagement- May or June wedding. We’ve visited and narrowed down a number of venues already, and have started to get catering quotes. I think we’ll be able to finalize the venue by the end of next week, but Fiance feels we should have “all” the details figured out before we book the venue and make any deposits: caterer, music (considering a band), etc. I’m really quick to make decisions (bought my dress in less than 2 hours on my first shopping trip), but I feel that we’re risking losing out on the limited venue options we have (wedding has to be Friday vs. Saturday at this point.) From what I’ve read- it’s venue first, than everything else falls in line. Was that the case for you? I’m unemployed right now, so I have more flexibility with planning, but if we have to make ALL these decisions before we sign a contract, I think my head will explode! :)- Thanks!
Post # 3
Venue first. Honestly, that is the hardest part to book. And you don’t have a wedding date until you have a venue. You can’t book DJ/Caterer/florist without telling them a wedding date…the deposit you pay is to secure a specific number of hours on a specific day–without a venue you’re taking a HUGE risk on being able to find a venue for a specific day/time.
Post # 4
I think booking your venue first would be a smart idea. But also remember to inquire about the venues policy on caterers, etc.
Post # 5
Also, for a May or June wedding you need to make plans ASAP! June is the most popular month to get married and May is high up there…you’ll have more luck with any day other than Saturday but you should secure a venue as soon as possible.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro
I think it depends on what is most important to you! Is it the venue, the photographer, the band, etc? Book what is most important first and everything else will follow. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Venue first. There will be more more talent available for other things than there will be venues you like. Plus, your venue will probably be the starting point for choosing your other vendors anyway. They will recommend bands, florists, and photographers who are familiar with their policies, have had success with previous brides there, and who (important for florists and photographers) are familiar with the decor and arrangement of the space.
Post # 8
Girl! You better book that venue AND everything else you want immediately! If you really want to get married in May you have less than 4 months and depending on where in the country you are things book up over a year in advance. We got in engaged LAST January (2011) and by March the venue we went with only had two weekends left for the spring/summer months OF 2012. You can do it — just make a list and tackle them one by one. Good luck!
Post # 9
YUP!! Venue then photographer then your dress. At least that’s what made the most sense to me
Post # 10
Definitely venue first. I tried on dresses that would never fit in our venue, up the place where I have to walk. I’m not exaggerating.
Also, my DJ wanted to see the place before he gave us a quote, which I really appreciated because there will be no surprises. Also my photographer wanted to know our location, although I don’t know if she needed it to book us or do anything other than assess travel fees.
If you’re looking at non-catered venues, just be sure any list of required caterers is within your price range and that you’re OK with any alcohol restrictions – we looked at some that restricted red wine, for example.
Post # 11
Venue, then photographer.
Post # 12
You have to have you date and you get that by setting a venue. It would suck to have everything picked out and set for a date and not be able to get the venue that day…
Post # 13
Yes, venue first. BUT, you need to be aware of what other major categories are going to cost you before you sign on the dotted line. You don’t want to find out that you’re committing 80 percent of your wedding budget to venue rental and catering, only to discover that you don’t have enough budget left over for the other major categories.
Post # 14
We made sure that our big important ones (we already knew exactly which particular vendors we really wanted,) were available the same day, then we had told them all officially we were booking them, right around the same time. (reception, church, photographer, and dj.)
ETA: actually, florist also, since it was a family friend who did it.