Post # 1
We’ve been shopping around for venues and I am wondering how far in advance we should book a venue? Also a photographer and a DJ? What comes first to book things? Also how far in advance would be best to book a photographer and a DJ?
Post # 3
We booked our venue 14 months in advance and booked our photographer 12 months in advance. I think generally if you know your date you should go ahead and start working on the big things – venue, photography, DJ, and even cake. Figure out what’s most important to you and your fiance and start there!
Post # 4
A lot of venues will book a year out, if not longer. It really depends on where you live, but if you want your specific day, you need to book right away!
I would recommend a wedding book to help you book things and keep dates straight. I would definitely book the venue first and ask them if they have any special deals. Some venues have preferred photographers that will give you discounts 😉
Post # 5
I would recommend as soon as you find what venue you want and a photographer that you like for your budget.
Both of these things tend to book 12+ months in advance.
For the DJ that’s a when you find who/want you want also.
I’m using theknot.com for my timeline and budget list… they’re pretty user friendly other than I messed my ‘first” guestlist up lol
Post # 6
We just booked both of our venues and our florist this week, but I am in the San Francisco Bay Area, so there are a lot of options making it easier to book later (8 months out). I plan to book our DJ and Photographer and baker later this week.
Post # 7
We booked our venue, cake, and photographer a little over 11 months in advance. We booked the caterer about 9 months in advance.
Post # 8
If you know what venue you want, book it, book it, book it! That way you can secure the date you want, or just secure a date in general. Depending on your area/venue/timing of the wedding availability can be tricky. I booked my venue about 19 months in advance…super early! But I wasn’t the only one, they had already secured people for that month, crazy I know. What I found out was I had picked “peak wedding season” for my area, AKA competition for venues, photographers, etc. haha
Post # 9
If you have a summer wedding (June being the key month, but July and August too) or a popular date that would fall on a holiday weekend like labor day, book early because venues will likely be filing up now for 2011 dates. We wound up booking 16 months in advance for our date, and it was only because I knew that our date would be extremely popular (10.10.10) and places would fill fast.