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When Should You Start Looking For a Wedding Venue?

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You just got engaged, and you’re over the moon! Once the excitement starts to settle a bit, your mind goes to planning your dream wedding. With so many details to figure out, you may be wondering when you should start touring wedding venues. This is an important question because some places can book out well over a year in advance. Let’s dive into some tips on the timing for reserving your perfect wedding venue.

Check Availability Before Setting a Date

Before you choose and announce a wedding date, it’s wise to research availability at your desired wedding venues. The date range you have in mind may not work for your top pick sites! You should tour venues first, so you can pick from dates that are currently open on their calendars. If you book a venue first, you can then strategically choose a date. Many wedding venues, especially in peak seasons, will only have one or two Saturdays available 12 to 14 months out. According to Wedding Wire, on average, an engagement lasts around 15 months. Once you see what’s open, you can firm up a date and then send out save-the-date cards.

Popular Venues Get Booked Fast

If you have your heart set on a particular popular venue, you’ll want to inquire and tour it ASAP. The more well-known places tend to get booked very quickly. Couples not only compete with others getting married but corporate events and other functions.

Have Some Flexibility

While you may have visioned the perfect venue right off the bat, having some flexibility helps too. Even though you want things to work out at your first choice wedding venue, be open-minded if they are already booked on your preferred date. Take tours as a chance to explore places you may have not initially considered. You could find another site that’s just as beautiful. Having flexible date options or sites in mind allows you to act faster to reserve whatever great spaces are still open.

Kick off your wedding planning by checking out gorgeous venues in your area, such as Renaissance Miami. With these tips in mind, you’ll book a wonderful spot to host the ceremony and reception of your dreams. If you’re looking for the perfect place to have your ceremony, reach out to Renaissance Miami to schedule a tour.