Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
Fiance and I were planning for June 2018, but we haven’t had time in the new year (we just got engaged at the end of November) to go visit the couple of venues that we like. I went to the website of our favorite venue (from pictures, haven’t seen IRL yet) and every Saturday in June of next year is booked already 🙁
We’re in the midwest so we have to think about heat/weather and I’m a teacher so I can really only plan for June and July since we work through the end of May and from the beginning of August…
I just feel so frustrated. Every time I tell anybody we’re planning for June next year they say “oh that’s a long engagement!” or “you must need time to save” etc, but I’m like, how am I supposed to plan any sooner when dates fill up a year and a half out? 🙁 June of 2018 is a year and 5 months away!!! We can’t plan for June/July of this year (there’s no way, money or time wise) so we have to push it to next year, or maybe even the year after that, apparently 🙁
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
Cause everyone wants to get married on a Saturday, lol.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
I know June is the most popular, it is for a reason: nice weather and no school! I just didn’t expect it to be filled for NEXT year 10 days into this one :/ I’m perfectly happy to book for July instead, but I feel like it will be too hot and we wanted an outdoor ceremony. We’re now thinking the first weekend of July, after the 4th. We’d do May but our last day of school in 2018 is June 1st (after optional snowdays, but you can’t rule those out). I have a couple of other venues we’re looking at that don’t have calendars online like this one does, so there very may well be dates available there. I don’t want a Friday or a Sunday wedding because that inconveniences people who work or go to church. I’m not stupid, just frustrated 😛
Post # 9
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
I’m really sorry and I know how frustrating that can be!!
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!