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Deciding on a Venue

Ashley, on August 5, 2022 at 12:22 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 10
Hello everyone!
We are planning to get married in early fall 2023. We have looked at a couple venues , but it's still early and we want to keep our options open. Just wondering how long you waited on picking a venue or if there are any stories on waiting too long and missing out.

One of the event coordinators told us he had multiple showings the same day we went for the same time of year. Maybe it was scare tactics to get us to sign, or maybe it was the truth.


Latest activity by Giuseppina, on August 9, 2022 at 19:42
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    Curious October 2022 Ontario
    Giuseppina ·
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    If you find a venue you and your fiancé both love- I wouldn't wait too long on booking it as the venue is probably the hardest part of the wedding to book. Just ensure you read a TON of reviews on the venue ( look all over the internet for reviews- trust me ) and then go for it if you are satisfied. Smiley smile We booked our venue 2 years out!

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  • Dessa
    Frequent user September 2023 British Columbia
    Dessa ·
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    We are getting married in September 2023.. first thing we did right after getting engaged was to book the venue. I didn't want to end up having few choices. So glad that it isn't a concern now we know the space and can start planning the decor AND there is a size imitation so it really helped to decide the guest list.
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  • Rachay
    Curious August 2022 Ontario
    Rachay ·
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    I would suggest booking ASAP. If 2023 is going to be a anything like this year. Venues are going to go super fast. Literally every weekend since May someone I know was getting married, haha.

    Most important thing is thinking of the type of wedding you want and what venue suits you best. Our wedding is small and intimate so we are actually doing our reception at a restaurant.
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
    Amanda ·
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    I would book as soon as you can! Do not wait around if you really like a place! My fiance and I booked our venue and alot of our vendors in 2018 for our 2020 wedding. But of course we had to push ours for two years .
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    Featured October 2023 Ontario
    KELLY ·
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    IMO this is the most important vendor to book- do it first!!!!

    Decide what type of wedding you want, what city and the estimated guest list then look for venues that can accommodate. We booked a lot of our vendors last year and they were already filling up for 2023, many of the ones we connected with were already booked on our wedding date.

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  • Brittany
    Devoted August 2023 Alberta
    Brittany ·
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    All I know is that 2023 is supposed to be a crazy year for weddings. More so than what it has been so far this year.

    Wedding season 2022 were for a lot of brides who has to postpone from 2020 and 2021. Now think of all the people who have gotten engaged over those two years. Thousands. Now we are half way through 2022 and so many more people got engaged this year. And they are all looking for venues to get married at next year. I know for the popular venues in Edmonton and area that in 2021 they were already fully booked for 2022 and had minimal dates available for 2023 ( like 3 Fridays and all Saturdays were booked already) I checked these places out in October of 2021. So I could not imagine what it looks like now. I suggest the sooner the better.

    I also don't think the coordinator used it as a scare tactic, more so that they legitimately had more viewings. I went to viewings where they had 2 other couples checking out the place.

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  • Malyssa
    Featured October 2022 Alberta
    Malyssa ·
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    I agree with Liberty that there are alot of backlogged wedding coming up in 2023 (and rest of 2022) so locking down a venue/date could be something you need to consider sooner than later if you are looking for a specific time.

    For us, we got engaged late 2021 and wanted to do a fall 2022 wedding. We found a venue we liked and when asking about availability dates, they didn't have a whole lot to choose from so that helped us push selecting a date. We truthfully didn't view a whole lot, mostly because alot where out of our budget or didn't provide things we needed.

    If anything, if there are venues you are leaning towards, I'd ask for the availability dates for fall next year. This can give you a scope of how busy they are and if you need to make a decision sooner than later.

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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
    Carine ·
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    I looked for months, everything was expensive and I was getting discouraged. I had decided on an air bnb and just having lose family and friends. One day I was at work and I googled cheap venues. I clicked on one, messaged them and she had me booked for a viewing the next day, My FH and I went alone and both fell in love with it. They do it all, catering, decorations, clean up, florals, officiant, cake, you name it they do it all for an amazing deal. So my guest list of 15 became 45 and all I can picture is the day, it is so perfect and matches both our personalities.

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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
    Carmel ·
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    We found most venues would hold our date until we decided and would give us 24 hours to decide if someone else was interested in the same date - I'd ask about this. That being said, it was 2019 when we were looking and it was a winter wedding - NYE though.
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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
    Liberty ·
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    There is a huge backlog of weddings in 2022 and 2023 because of covid. I got married in May 2022 and booked our venue in February or 2021. We found an affordable venue that met our needs and didn't want to miss out. I would look at all your venue options as soon as you can and make a decision.
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