(Closed) what came first: date or venue?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What came first: date or venue?
    date : (19 votes)
    33 %
    venue : (38 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We set our date then went venue hunting 😀 lol

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We knew the time of year we wanted (autumn), but weren’t attached to any date in particular.  Originally we were thinking late September or early October, but then the photographer we wanted to book told us she offers an off-season discount starting in November…  So we thought maybe the first weekend in November would be nice because it will be chilly and cozy, but hopefully not TOO cold yet.  When we found the venue we wanted, the first date they had available in the fall was actually 11/3, so it worked out nicely!

    So…  Technically venue first, and we were flexible on date – but the date we had been thinking aligned with what the venue had available.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    When I started talking to venues we set a ‘target’ month, we started out with June or August, then hoaned in on August.  The venue we wanted had two August dates left, so we went from there.  

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    A combo of the two. We had a few weekends in october that we wanted, but I had to see what date the church was free. Then AFTER we got the date set at the wedding, that’s when we started searching for venues.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Since we wanted to get married in June which is a very busy time of year, the venue came first for us. We found places we liked that still had June dates available and went from there. 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    We chose a date first, we’re going to solidify the venue in two weeks. They have our date on hold though.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Well we picked a date first, then went to a venue, then changed the date lol so inbetween.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Some couples are attached to a certain date, but we weren’t. Budget was important to us, so we needed to book certain venues to stay within a certain budget.

    If you have a target range of dates it will be easier to pick the venue(s) first and then pinpoint the exact date based on the venue’s availability.

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We set an “ideal” date, and ended up being able to get it at our venue. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We were open to about 6 weekends through the summer/fall and went looking for a venue with availability those weekends. 

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    We had an idea of the date we wanted but we waited until we found our venue to settle on a date.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    venue first.  When we booked that we had our date (the only available fall Saturday date they had lol)

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We set a date…and then the venue that was our best fit was already booked for it, so the date changed.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    For us, it pretty much came hand in hand.  We knew about when we wanted to get married (his deployments pretty much dictated this).  So we looked at a few places and they gave us dates that they were available that fit into our general timeline.  Once we locked in where we wanted to get married (Disney!), we had to give them our top 3 dates/times because they do a lottery with any other couples who want the same date/time.  Luckily, we had no other couple vie for our top choice (a Friday) and we were a year out, so that helped.

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