Post # 1
So to me the photos are one of the most important part of the day as they will last a lifetime. So I’ve been looking at different photographers and comparing prices but some request that you send them an email asking for a quote. My wedding is just over two years away and I know I’m really early to be planning anything (it’s too much fun, I can’t help it!!) but how far advance would it be okay for me to ask for estimates on pricing? I just like to be really organized and sort through the lists of photographers eliminating ones that are out of our budget but I also don’t want to seem like some crazy person asking for info about a really far away date lol.
Any info would be really appreciated thanks!! 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
My opinion would be to book a photog about a year out. Two years seems like a long time – someone new might come on to the scene, prices/packages may change, etc. That being said, if you want a particular photographer who is really sought after, you may want to contact a little sooner. But that’s just my opinion!
Post # 4
i signed the contract with my photographer 1 1/2 years out from my september wedding, but he is really popular and we wanted to secure our date. also, we had our venue all lined up already as well (another case of a popular place that fills up super quick).
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington
I would book a year out. Most photographers do not accept bookings more than 18 months in advance, but check with them. I wouldn’t jump the gun too much! I would say 1 1/2 years is good – that’s is about when we booked our photographer.
Post # 6
We booked our photographer 1 1/2 years out – but the one we really wanted had already been booked 7 months earlier! So I would suggest there’s nothing wrong with getting quotes now – and for the photographers you like, ask when they usually start booking up, so you’ll know when you should be making your final decision.
Post # 7
It really depends on the popularity of the photographer. If it’s someone not as well known, you can wait awhile. But if it’s the best in town – book now!
Post # 8
The photographers I really like are veryyy popular and so I was worried about them booking quickly, but I’ll wait a few months to contact them. Thanks!
Post # 9
I say a year is plenty of time.
Post # 10
I’m getting married in the same summer you are, and we’re planning on booking within a month or so, just because we know he’s very popular and want to ensure our date. We’ve been looking at photogs. for months though!
Post # 11
i don’t think it hurts to ask if they book that early, our photographer gets booked very quickly so we were lucky to get him.
Post # 12
I did mine a little over a year in advance. I think that’s not a bad time to start researching and negotiating. They were already booked on some dates around my wedding date too so lots of us brides are early planners!
Post # 13
To be honest I wouldn’t wait. I got engaged in July and I started looking a photographers in August 08 (2 years out) and some of the photographers had already been booked. I did end up finding a photographer and booked them in September so just under two years out. If you are getting married in August 2012 I would say book no later than this summer. Most photographers should be able to give you a price and lock you in ahead of time. Better safe than sorry.
In my experiece, the only vendors that can’t be booked that early is your florist (usually no more than a year out) and cake (around 6 months out).
Post # 14
My photog was the very first thing we booked, it was about 16 months before our wedding and I knew her calendar was starting to fill. So while two years may be a tad early about 18 months out should be fine, especially for a popular one!
Post # 15
My studio is booking fall of 2011 and I have had a few inquires for 2012 already. In my opinion it doesn’t help to ask. Some photographers wont book that far out and some have their years booked up one year in advance. We don’t really have an average. We get some for two years out and some two months out. If there are photogs you are in LOVE with I would contact them asap and tell them how important photography photography is to you. The farther out you book the more likely you will get a better deal for that photographer as most studios raise their prices every year to keep up with inflation, product costs, their demand, etc. It doesn’t hurt to reach out.
Post # 16
Thanks so much for all the great advice! I think I’ll use the next few months to do some more research and then contact my top picks this summer 🙂