Maddifa
Savvy September 2022

Help!! No venue places here have our date open!!

Maddifa, on October 15, 2021 at 12:28 AM Posted in Planning 2 46
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Okay folks, help me turn this frustrating situation around! Here are the details.
- Our date is 09/17/22
- Paying for the wedding ourselves - Guest list can be small and intimate or up to 150-175, either way we’ll survive - Colors are forest green, sage, ivory, gold with splashes of a bold rustic blue (I added a photo of the color palette I using)- Outdoor ceremony and indoor reception - DIY is our goal to help budget - Love a rustic feel and decor
I need your help with ideas or suggestions on how I can find/save my wedding. All of the venues we adored became booked up once we save a bit of money so now everything feels hopeless.
We entertained the idea of eloping or a courthouse wedding but just can’t get the image we have dreamt about of a traditional wedding. Help!! No venue places here have our date open!! 1

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Latest activity by Vicky, on October 19, 2021 at 10:15 PM
  • JM Sunshine
    JM Sunshine ·
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    Have you lconsidered or looked into a Sunday or midweek wedding? Most venues are booked into 2023 due to Covid postponements.
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  • Maddifa
    Savvy September 2022
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    Our entire wedding guest and wedding party have to fly in so we thought that a Friday or Sunday wedding would be asking too much. We thought about doing the ceremony during the rehearsal dinner then just have the reception the next day. We vetoed that idea too because the rehearsal dinner became less intimate and felt more of a show.


    In my side of the family, the tradition is any guest who has to fly or travel in to town for the wedding is invited to the rehearsal dinner. My fiancé’s side of the family traditionally only invites the immediate family and wedding party.
    2023 is filling up fast, you’re right about that and the reason why!! If we have to wait till 2023 then we would elope in 2022 but celebrate/announce a wedding in 2023. (There aren’t many 17th’s that land on a Saturday in 2023…June 17th is the only option.)
    Think waiting till 2023 is our best option?
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Have you looked at the parks department website for venue rentals? Also eventective.com and peerspace.com
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Does it have to be 9/17/22? That's the issue with picking a date before finding the venue. Typically, the venue's availability will inform the date. If you must have that date, then you need to get creative with venues such as the suggestestions Michelle gave.
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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
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    Have you looked into private rooms in restaurants? I’m not sure what area you’re in, but where I live there are several restaurants that can accommodate parties of 100+ people.
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  • Angela
    Beginner November 2021
    Angela ·
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    Look into local parks but even those I'm finding are booked or have increased prices and fees for weddings to profit off of covid brides. I am eloping locally and have yet to find the outdoor location available that isn't a ridiculous amount for just the ceremony. We are then planning on having a dinner with grandparents, parents and siblings only to celebrate. Look at restaurants and community buildings. Some have great outdoor landscapes. I would also check golf courses. Sometimes they rent out the club houses.
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  • S
    Expert September 2022
    Sarah ·
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    Is there a reason it has to be 9/17/22? If you haven't booked anything yet I would try to be flexible with your date.

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  • Allison
    Dedicated May 2022
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    I'm assuming 17 is a sentimental number to you (I have sentimental numbers as well). Do you have any others? I was doing the same thing as you and had picked out dates with specific days of the month, but ended up going with a completely different day of the month when I saw what my venue had available for the months we were looking at. I absolutely love our date and ended up finding so much significance in it!

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  • Samantha
    Expert December 2021
    Samantha ·
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    Call back every other day and ask for cancelations for these venues while also looking for a back up venue. You never know if something will open up last minute!
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  • Laura
    Savvy September 2022
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    Are there any park pavilions or spaces where you could rent out the place for your day? That way you'll get a rustic feel and can still gather for your day. I found a park that had a building where you can hold wedding ceremonies and receptions. Good luck, keep us posted!!
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  • A
    Savvy August 2022
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    I think you should decide what is most important to you! If you desperately want a particular date as well as a traditional wedding, and having it on a Saturday then I think you’re better off postponing for a year. I know it’s frustrating but in the grand scheme a year isn’t that long and it gives you time to save a bit more! If it’s more important to you to do it sooner and you’re happy to compromise on the date or day of the week or type of wedding then I think you can have a really lovely wedding next year. It’s mainly about what your priorities are and what is most important to you.
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  • S
    Beginner September 2022
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    Our wedding is 9/8/22, 50 guests or less, ceremony and reception at Concord's Colonial Inn. It's a Thursday, had to have a "mid week" wedding to get almost any date in 2022. Try mid week, and be open and flexible to the date. As soon as you lock in the venue, I highly recommend looking for vendors, we are getting a lot of kickback on officiant, florist and cake.

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  • Kristen
    Devoted October 2021
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    If you want an outdoor ceremony, have you checked all the parks in your area? Are there any forest preserves or botanical gardens nearby? Those might not fill up as quickly, especially that late in the year. Then as others said, I would look at restaurants as opposed to banquet halls. Does it absolutely have to be that particular weekend? Were any of the places you looked at open for the weekend before or after? I'm just seeking out every option you may have.

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  • Josie
    Dedicated October 2022
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    Are you dead set on that date? There may be more availability if you search for venues with a few dates in mind, as opposed to that one specifically. COVID kind of pushed everything back and people started booking 2022 dates a while ago.

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  • Candace
    Devoted March 2022
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    I don't understand. How can you have a date without a venue? You pick the venue, then that dictates the date. Are you saying you had one chosen but you didn't put money down in time and they booked your date? I think you need to pick a different venue and see what dates they have available. If you let your date dictate your venue, you'll either pay too much or have to settle for a place you don't love.
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  • Shar
    Just Said Yes August 2022
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    Look at any local places like my venue is the elk's lodge its cheap cheap and and beautiful all-in-one look for places like that I privately owned willing to work with you so long and so forth


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  • Maddifa
    Savvy September 2022
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    We picked that day because it works with our anniversary. I guess there are other numbers in the date lol
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  • Maddifa
    Savvy September 2022
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    The elks lodge is a really good idea!!! I hosted a few fundraisers there in college! Thanks!!
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  • Shar
    Just Said Yes August 2022
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    And they're so kind to work with and Best of luck and congratulations
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  • Maddifa
    Savvy September 2022
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    I totally understand that one. We did it backwards in the order of picking. We had enough saved before we started looking for a venue but we under estimated the prices for a ceremony and a reception venue.


    I just kept having issues with the red tape in the contracts for every place we looked at. By the time we (I) finally made a decision, based on prices and limited red tape, it was booked.
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