Unless you work in the wedding industry or have helped a friend plan their wedding, then wedding planning is uncharted territory for most people. It can seem a little overwhelming when you first start on the journey, but remember that at the heart of it your wedding day is simply about marrying the one you love, celebrating the beginning of a beautiful new chapter of your lives.
I'm writing a mini blog series answering some of the most common questions newly engaged couples, brides-to-be, (even those still waiting for him to put a ring on it!) have about wedding photography. So let's get started...
Q: When should we look to book a wedding photographer?
ASAP. As soon as you begin wedding plans.
And I don’t just say that because I’m a photographer! I say it because photographers often book up fast, especially during the busy summer months. And some photographers will allow bookings a long way in advance. We take bookings up to 18 months in advance.
My tip for booking any wedding vendors is consider that if it’s the type of vendor that can only be in one place at one time then they will book up faster. For example venues can only have one wedding a day, photographers can only photograph one wedding a day, whereas your cake maker may be able to take on two cakes for the same weekend, or a celebrant may have two weddings in a day.
If you know the photographer you like then it pays to contact them as soon as you begin wedding planning to check their availability. We are always blown away when couples get in touch with us before they’ve even set their wedding date or venue yet just to find out our availability! In fact we’ve had a few couples who have contacted us the weekend they got engaged! That might sound extreme but if you know who you want then you know who you want.
2020 has brought about many changes to the wedding industry, heck just life in general! And so photographers are possibly not booking up quite as fast as usual which could be great news for you if you're planning on a shorter engagement. Couples also seem to be holding off making concrete wedding plans with all the uncertainty in the world right now and I totally get that! Some photographers are also possibly mixing things up with their packages, prices and what they're offering. We've just created a petite wee photography package for smaller, more intimate weddings.
Stay tuned for next week's Q&A blog post! And feel free to leave a comment or flick me an email if you have any wedding photography questions you'd like me answer :-)