(Closed) Which to book first: church or reception venue?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I had a definite idea of where I wanted my reception, so I put a “hold” on it first.  Then I verified that the church would be availble.  Once the church confirmed, I put my deposits down.

Depends on which one you have your heart more set on.  Go with the one you are less flexible with first.

Post # 5
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have a church ceremony, but I think you should be able to call (or maybe meet) with someone at the church to confirm the date’s availability, and then make all of your arrangements for precaena and other counseling.

In terms of which order to book them in, I’d try to book them close to the same time as iswimibikeirun did.  If that doesn’t work, do you know which one you’re dead set on?  If you’re willing to change dates around a church, then book that first.  If the reception hall is more important, find that and know you may need to compromise on the church.

Post # 6
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

It doesn’t really matter.  If you can do it in the same day – I would.  We booked our ceremony venue spot first, as that place books up fast.  Then we booked our reception venue a good 3-4 weeks later.  I’d take into consideration the venues you want and how fast they typically book up and would suggest booking them within a week or two of each other to avoid your venue(s) not being available.

Post # 7
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did ours simultaneously. We had a date in mind so booked the church (just by calling the parish office) and then went to the reception venue. that was actually taken our day so we chose another day and then called the church back.

Post # 8
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do them at the same time.  See if they have the same date available.  Hold the reception venue for 2 days, go check out the church.  Then book both!

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