(Closed) Why do dates fill up so FAST?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Saturday weddings in June are extremely popular. You might want to change your day or month. Expect everything to book up fast and cost more z

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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ElephantAndTheFlea :  You need to look at different venues.  We got our first choice venue on a July Saturday and only started planning 4 months out.  I live in downtown Chicago.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I didn’t have an issue booking my venue for October about 1 year out. However, one of my bridesmaids is getting married this May 2017 and she had trouble booking her venue around the same time I booked mine, in December 2015! Her two original dates were booked and she had to settle on a date they were not as fond of just to get the venue. 

I was baffled that I booked my vendors around the same time she did with out any problems, yet her wedding was 7 months out from mine and she had issues with venues, photographers, DJ’s, the works. But, I know May / June is VERY popular wedding season due to the weather. I suggest just being a bit more open about the date and potentially looking at other months if you can. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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ElephantAndTheFlea :  Saturday in June has to be the most popular desire for most couples…especially in the midwest where I assume you guys have a much narrower window for wedding months (aka where it’s not freezing/gross weather) than we do here in the South. Keep looking at different venues and maybe be open to being flexible with the date. You could do Spring Break or you could get married during the school year and delay your honeymoon. I am a teacher and got married in May and we went on our honeymoon when the school year let out. I took a day off before the wedding and a day off after, but honestly neither was essential. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I am also in the Midwest and had to book 1/11/15 for my 6/11/16 wedding! It is a super busy, maybe think about President’s Day weekend, or MLK, or any other typical 4 day weekends!

Good Luck, Bee! If you are in Northern Illinois let me know, I have a few suggestions of off the radar venues! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Cause everyone wants to get married on a Saturday, lol. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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ElephantAndTheFlea :  We are having a 7 month engagement and got a venue right away – and it was for a Saturday.  Maybe you need to expand your options.  I see nothing wrong with having a July wedding.  The weather is hit or miss all summer where I live anyway.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

I had to book my venue May 2015 for our June 2016 wedding. It is the most popular month for weddings.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I got married on an off month, and on an off day and was able to have my dream venue. The off month and day happened to be our dating anniversary though, so it was planned like that.

Saturdays and summer are probably the most popular day and season for weddings in the Midwest. I think if you dream of a summer wedding, it’s totally fine to push your wedding back a year to have the venue you want. If people press you, you can just ignore them or say that’s when your venue was booked out until. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

You need to look more. In the midwest you should have a really easy time finding outdoor venues. 

I’m an April 2018 bride, I booked early because I knew I wanted early spring and I wouldn’t settle. I heard at the bridal fair this weekend they are seeing brides get started a lot earlier these days. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Is it possible for you to book it for a Friday or a Sunday? I know it is not ideal, but those days also tend to be less expensive with most venues.

Summer weddings are the hardest to plan for, I think, because nearly everyone wants a summer wedding on account of the good weather and for the convenience of guests who are traveling. When the time comes, we’ll be planning an autumn wedding with less than 50 people, with the intention of avoiding a lot of that competition and stress. I understand you can’t do that with your teaching job, though.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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fredthebasil :  She just said that their favorite venue was booked.  Of course she needs to look at different venues now that she can’t get the one she really wanted.  You got lucky only four months out to get your first choice.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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ElephantAndTheFlea :  I’m really sorry and I know how frustrating that can be!!  frown We got engaged in December 2015 and believe it or not, nearly two years later, a Friday in November 2017 was already being requested!!!  I know it may not help since you didn’t get the one you wanted, but maybe this will lead you to an even better venue! smile

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