I have decided to talk about the first question that every newly engaged couple asked themselves “when should I start planning my wedding”. I’ve also decided to write this post because, as a wedding planner I get lots of brides and grooms contacting me because they realize most of the venues are taken and they panic.
Firstly you should know that in every country and region there’s a different timing. I cover South West and South of France, Switzerland and north of Italy (Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Tuscany).
For France, it’s unbelievable how every year venues get booked earlier than the year before. A few years ago I wouls have say mayb 10 months before the wedding date, but now if you’d like to have the choice between different venue that you like I’d suggest you to start looking at least 15 months before the wedding – mostly if you’d like to get married between May and September.
Some venues, overall in Provence, are booked two years in advance!
For Italy it is almost the same, I would say 14/15 months in advanced to have the date and venue you want is a good timing, Lake Como being the favourite destination before Lake Maggiore and Tuscany.
A little “must know” about Lake Como. If you guys like to party a lot, forget the wedding on Lake Como – they have very strict laws which don’t allow them to have music after 1, in some case 2am – so the party has to be over by then !
There are only two places where you can have a “all night long” party and those places are “Villa Balbianello” and “Villa d’Este” – amazing locations, but for a big wedding budget.
For my origin country, Switzerland, the things are much different that you can start looking for the perfect venue less than one year before – no rush ! This country is small, but full of amazing venues and places with breathtaking lanscapes and views that the choice is huge anyway.
So brides and grooms-to-be don’t wait for the last minute preparation, mostly if you are very strict and ferm about how you’d like your wedding to look like ! It is your day, a unique day you have been dreaming about all your life – so if you want it to be perfect hurry up and start looking around ! And if you’re planning on hiring a wedding planner, contact her as soon as you can – we surely are magicians but we can make a venue available when it’s already book (I wish I could do that !) .