Post # 16
I got engaged Dec 21s 2018. Wedding is June 22nd 2019. Needless to say everything but food is booked. Some of before it was even the New Year. I was on it like donkey kong. Things book up fast here so I am shocked I got everything I wanted. We want a small wedding so guest list was easy. We are at 75 ppl expecting much less to RSVP.
For a 2020 wedding… I wouldn’t worry as much. I would use this time to really look around and get quotes but not jump on anything. Nice time to just chill and casually look so you aren’t stressed. So instead of all of it at once maybe start looking into booking one thing per month or something. 🙂
Post # 17
Guest list/budget first, so you don’t accidentally fall in love with a venue is too small/too expensive.
Then, I suggest having your venue be the first thing you book. I also suggest booking early, especially if your wedding is in 2020, as you can get locked into current prices.
For example, my wedding is iin a few months. We booked our venue in late 2017, so got to take advantage of 2017 prices. The cost of my venue has risen 20% since then. We booked my photographer in mid 2018, and her rates have increased by $700.
When you think you’ve found a venue love, try to find as many different weddings as you can (social media, instagram, pinterest, photographer’s blogs/galleries) to get a sense for how other brides have worked with the space. And try to not fall in love with a creative vision in the venue that may be outside your budget! My sister booked a venue because she fell in love with a photo she saw on pinterest. The venue was okay, but it was actually the $15,000+ worth of floral decor in the photo that she loved and she had a bit of regret that she couldn’t make the venue look like the vision she had fallen in love with.