Lynnie
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Which came first? Venue or Wedding Date?

Lynnie, on November 12, 2019 at 11:05 AM

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The first two big decisions you need to make for your wedding are when and where! But which decision was more important to you?? Did you fall in love with a venue and take whatever date they had open? Or are you set on a specific date to tie the knot, and willing to find a venue that works? Which...

The first two big decisions you need to make for your wedding are when and where! But which decision was more important to you?? Did you fall in love with a venue and take whatever date they had open? Or are you set on a specific date to tie the knot, and willing to find a venue that works?

Which came first for you? Your wedding venue, or your wedding date?


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357 Comments

  • Katlyn
    Devoted December 2021
    Katlyn ·
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    Wedding date was first. Being in grad school, I have limited flexibility in my schedule and we wanted to make sure that we chose a date that would have the least impact on my exams.

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated July 2019
    Ashley ·
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    Venue... Courthouse couple we are

    Then date was 2 years anniversary to our 1st date/meet up
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  • Vyonnah
    Beginner July 2020
    Vyonnah ·
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    We did the venue first
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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    The date for us! Then we booked our church for that day

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    That's so sweet Smiley heart

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated July 2019
    Ashley ·
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    Thank you. It drove ppl nuts because we were on the fence about dates...it was a natural evolution. From "a couple years from now" from a Jan 2018 engagement... to July and the number 7 is special to us...to July 2019... To 07312019.
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  • Renee
    Super June 2020
    Renee ·
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    Date came first. Then Only saw Venues that had that availability
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  • V
    Devoted August 2020
    Valerie ·
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    Wedding date!!
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  • Ashley
    Super November 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Wedding date came first for sure. We decided on it about a week after getting engaged.

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  • Tamera
    Expert May 2020
    Tamera ·
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    Venue first. We had an approximate month/days that we were interested in and ended up choosing what the venue had available.

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  • Diana
    VIP December 2019
    Diana ·
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    Wedding date!! We didn’t care where we got married at. We just wanted into get married on the date we picked.
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  • Hannah
    Beginner October 2020
    Hannah ·
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    Chose date and venue about the same time. We started planning early -ish. Thankfully they still had our preferred date open. Even if they didn't have it we probably would have chosen a different date.


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  • Kaitlyn
    Savvy October 2021
    Kaitlyn ·
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    Venue! We wanted sometime in the fall
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  • Alyssa
    Dedicated August 2021
    Alyssa ·
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    Venue came first then finding out how much venue cost at different points of year.
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  • C
    Super January 2020
    Cassie ·
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    We choose our venue first and then choose an available date.
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  • Vannesa
    Expert October 2021
    Vannesa ·
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    Guest list. I have a huge immediate family so that definitely came first for me.

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  • Jasmine
    Master August 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    Our venue came first then we chose the date based on what they had available. We ended up changing the venue and then changing the date from a sunday to a friday.

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  • Laura
    Master October 2019
    Laura ·
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    Wedding date was first, but the venue wasn't far after. At first we didn't think we could get it because we didn't live in the city and you had to, then his brother who does live there was willing to get it for us but the date was taken. Luckily there was a cancellation!

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  • Desiree
    Super March 2020
    Desiree ·
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    Venue! I had a range of dates in mind, because I really wanted it to be outside. (Jan-March OR Oct-Dec) Once the venue needed a "hypothetical date" to present an estimate, I gave them a random date based off of numbers that I liked (3.16.2020) and that became THE date. Smiley heart

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  • Marissa
    Expert August 2019
    Marissa ·
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    Wedding date but thankfully we looked at venues almost two years out so all had our choice date available including the venue we ended up choosing.
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