First off, congratulations! You’re engaged! With the proposal over, you will likely want to jump right into the wedding planning process. One of the the first items on your list should be to book a wedding photographer. A short answer to your next question, when to book a wedding photographer, is early. In fact, as early as possible. Keep reading to learn why booking a wedding photographer early is so incredibly important.
Wedding photographers are typically booked 9 to 12 months out from a wedding. With some couples booking as far out as two years! With only 52 weekends in a year, wedding vendors fill up dates quickly. As soon as you get engaged, you should start researching potential vendors. You can expect the most popular photographers to book up quickly, so as soon as you decide on a wedding date, reach out!
While you should have met your wedding photographer prior to booking, you will want to continue getting to know eachother. This is essential, as when it comes to your wedding day you will want to be fully comfortable with one another. The best type of photographer and client relationship is one that resembles a new friendship. The earlier you book, the more time you have to kindle the relationship.
A number of photographers offer wedding photography packages that include an engagement session. This is a great opportunity to work with your photographer prior to your wedding day. You will be able to see how they work and get an idea as to their final product. The sooner you book your photographer, the more likely you are to be able to take advantage of this deal.
The wedding photographer plays a huge role in the wedding day timeline. Typically the day revolves around obtaining pictures, so their professional input is a must-have. The sooner you hire a wedding photographer, the more time you have to carefully create a timeline. The photographer will be able to help you break down expectations, from time slots to a shot list. In the end, you will have an easy to follow itinerary for both the wedding party and your wedding guests.
Typically when hiring a wedding photographer, you will be offered the option to pay in increments. This means that the earlier you book the photographer the smaller each payment will be. While this option is not a guarantee, it is something you might consider if you have a strict budget you plan to follow. Be sure to discuss this with the photographer prior to signing a contract to prevent any confusion!
That’s it! I hope this piece has lent some insight as to when to book a wedding photographer and the importance of booking early. If you are recently engaged and on the hunt for an Orlando, Mt. Dora or Central Florida wedding photographer, I would love to meet you! With 11 years of experience, I’m an expert at capturing life milestones, plus creating beautiful memories in the process. Visit my website today, including the wedding day gallery for some inspiration. Then contact me with any questions or to book a consultation. I can’t wait to hear from you!