How far in advance should I book my venue?
Generally, most couples tend to book their venue around a year in advance of their wedding date – at least!
Especially if you have your heart set on a space that doesn’t compare to any other. You don’t want to run the risk of having to wait three or four years for the perfect date for you.
However, how soon you should confirm your booking really depends on several factors that are personal to you. The popularity of your chosen venue, the time of year you are planning your wedding, and the day of the week that you would like to get married on.
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find that most venues will have longer waiting-lists during the summer months, especially at the weekend. If you have your heart set on a particular venue but don’t want to wait years for a summer slot to become available, you could consider marrying on a weekday or in an off-peak season.
You may even be able to bag yourself a substantial discount!
If you do plan on marrying during an off-peak season, consider what the weather will be like as you look around potential venues – there’s no point falling in love with some gorgeous gardens and grounds if you will be marrying in the depths of winter.
However, if your perfect venue is would make for a cosy winter spot with ample inside space, a winter wedding might mean discounts.
What time of the year should I get married?
With pretty fresh flowers just beginning to bloom, spring has long been a popular time for weddings, so you will need to book well in advance! Don’t forget those dreaded April showers in the UK though.
The holiday months of June, July and August are the most popular time of the year for weddings, so this is the period you will need to book furthest in advance for. We’re talking at least a year ahead of schedule.
If planning to marry during the high summer, be sure to give your guests plenty of notice too, as you don’t want to find out half of your loved ones can’t make it because they’re away on holiday.
Also, summer in the UK is unpredictable! So don’t count on a balmy summer’s day even if you are planning to get married well into August. Although, we can get lucky and have some beautiful long summers days and warm evenings.
When accompanied with that gorgeous deep rich colour scheme in the trees and amongst the crisp leaves on the ground, autumn can be a very picturesque time to marry.
You’ll also find you have a much wider choice of wedding venues and suppliers during this time too! Prices also tend to drop during this season.
Think bonfire night celebrations complete with fireworks and sparklers.
Aside from Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, winter can be a whimsical, romantic, and comparatively very affordable time to tie the knot.
In the winter, we know what to expect in the UK so the likelihood is that you will be prepared for all weather scenarios. This eliminates any weather worries. There can be some truly beautiful winter days in the UK. Frosty and misty mornings coupled with crisp sunshine in the afternoon.
A cosy manor house with log-burning fireplaces, cosy sofas and hearty food sounds spellbinding to us. Just be prepared for rain! You’ll definitely want to book well ahead if you’re planning a wedding anywhere near Christmas and New Year.
Finding a wedding venue at short notice is all well and good, but just remember to make sure you give your guests enough advance notice to attend!