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Here's When to Start Looking for a Reception Venue

Find the perfect party spot about this far in advance.
The Knot
by The Knot
Updated Feb 13, 2019

The first question newly engaged couples tend to ask is: How soon should we start looking for a reception venue? And it depends on how ready you are to begin planning, what you're looking for and how soon you want to get married. 

Generally, you should plan to book your wedding reception site at least a year to nine months before your date. That means you should probably start researching and touring a month or two before that. Remember, if you have your heart set on a certain venue, your wedding date will depend solely on what the site has available. And if you're looking for venue availability during peak wedding months (typically between May and October), you may have to be more flexible about the day and site you want.

Just engaged and pumped to start your search? Go ahead and get to it, even if you're not planning to say "I do" for another year or more. Spaces can book up two to three years in advance, and there are plenty of other couples out there who'll want the same venue and date as you. When you think about it, there isn't really such thing as booking "too early"—unless you're a couple prone to changing your minds. You might as well lock in a great party spot and check that big to-do off your list.

On the flip side, it's perfectly okay to hold off and enjoy your engagement for a little while. In fact, if you have time to spare, we absolutely encourage you to! And if you're not sure where to begin, start by taking our Style Quiz to figure out what you're looking for.

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