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This one’s for everyone who’s looking for their dream event to happen in 2022. Rescheduling? Great. Just got engaged? Congrats! Personal milestones, like a birthday, anniversary, shower or religious ceremony? Awesome. Getting off-site for a retreat or board meeting? We got you.

As we write this, 2022 is less than four months away and there’s seriously no time like the present to get on your favorite venue’s calendar. Things are booking up fast, and you don’t want to be left out — or left celebrating at your second choice. Pro tip: This advice is solid, even if you’re reading this at another time. The earlier you book, the better your experience. And you might even save some money, too!

Wondering where to start and what to do? We put together four fun facts for successful wedding and event planning — just for you.

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Get Results with an Event Planner

The best venues have experienced event planners to make sure your special day goes off perfectly, pros who will be there with you from the first tour to the wave goodbye. You’ve got enough to do managing your family or, depending on the type of the event, your boss’ expectations, so working with the right event planner is key. Planning early helps keep stress to a minimum.

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Know This: Prime Dates go Fast

If you’re not already grabbing your phone to make an appointment, then consider this: Weekends book quickest and are most costly. Talk to your event planner about a Sunday brunch or weekday event, if you’re looking to make the most of your budget.

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Explore Several Venues and Menus

Plan to work with an event-planning and catering organization that offers differentvenue options so you find your dream match. You’ll want to see a selection of outdoor and indoor spots, as well as those that can accommodate both scenarios. Venue choice will often inform your menu choices, from casual and laid-back, to formal and black tie. Again, an experienced event planner will guide you to the venue and menu that’s just right for you.

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Take Advantage of Vendor Recommendations

Event planners and catering staff will also be able to point you to theirpreferred vendors, those that have passed muster because they’ve delivered, time and again. Thinkphotographers, videographers,DJs, florists,lighting specialists,tent vendors — the works!Did we mention — make haste? Get to it! Spring,summer,fall orwinter

 get the most from your event venue by booking early.

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Robert Ryan Catering & Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a 5-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news, and recipes from our executive chef.

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