Wedding Reception Etiquette: When to Find the Reception Venue?

by The Knot

I recently got engaged, but we are not getting married until next year. When should I start looking for a wedding reception venue?


Go ahead and get looking! If you're not sure where to begin, start by taking our Style Quiz to figure out what you're looking for. Normally it's a good idea to book your wedding reception site as soon as possible once you're engaged—at least a year to nine months before the wedding. If you're planning a wedding during the more popular seasons (summer and fall), you may have to be more flexible about the day you get married to get the site you want—more couples are choosing Thursday and Sunday. Also, be creative about the site—if your first and even second choices are booked, look into a friend's backyard, a museum or historical residence, even a theme park! Ultimately, it's all what you and your partner make of it.

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