If you are engaged and have a wedding date in mind, it is time to begin looking for venues. The peak of wedding season is from May to September. If you want to get married between these months, it is essential that you start early. However, it is essential to start early no matter when you plan on tying the knot. Most experts suggest that you book your venue at least six months in advance, while others suggest booking ten to twelve months in advance. Nonetheless, it is never too soon to start looking and comparing prices.
You can have a wedding as long as you have the necessary people and a venue; the rest is icing on the wedding cake! That being said, choosing the right venue for your special day may be the most important decision you make for several reasons:
If you have one budget for your wedding and have not broken it down into specific sections quite yet, it is important to determine how much you want to spend on your venue before you visit. It is easy to get caught up in the beauty of a venue and forget about budgets.
If the venue is the most important thing to you – and you are willing to spend the majority of your budget on it, it is best to book the venue first so that you are able to determine what resources you have left to fund the rest of the wedding.
2. Scarcity of Openings
Depending on the popularity of the venue you are looking at, open dates may be scarce. It always seems that there are far less venues in your price range than there are weddings. Some reception venues will book up to two years in advance if the date you are requesting is a popular one. So, the first step may be understanding that your date might be at the mercy of your venues. However, the sooner you book, the less likely that you will have to compromise something as important as that.
3. It Opens the Door for Other Plans
Once you book your venue, you can begin booking vendors to provide catering, entertainment, decorations, tables and chairs, etc. Without that booking, you can’t be completely sure that your wedding will be the day that you hope. So, without booking your venue, you cannot solidify reservations with your vendors. This is something that can hold you back. Searching for a venue really is the place to start when it comes to wedding plans.