Photographer and wedding date problems

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should we switch the date or find a new photographer
    Switch the wedding date : (15 votes)
    48 %
    Wait till next week and see if the other couple books him : (13 votes)
    42 %
    Find a new photographer : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Change the date.

    Find put your photographer’s availability and then try to match it up with a venue.

    You’ll be surprised at how quickly dates fill up. Out venue is booked every Saturday from April until the end of September next year…

    Do not book the photographer until your ceremony and reception venues are fixed!

    Post # 4
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You need to book your venue first in my opinion.

    Post # 5
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @mmccann13:  I would book the church/venue first, then book everyone else. Especially the church. I made the mistake of booking our reception location and photographer first, and then dealing with the church. Well, once I finally got a meeting with the preist at our church, our date had already been booked! And we booked the church over a year in advance! Luckily, I was able to change the date with our other vendors – but I would have been completely screwed had they been unable to.

    Post # 7
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    Just book him now. Tell him to send a contract and send him a retainer. If I had a meeting next week that’s a maybe but a couple today that wanted to put that date in stone it’s first come , first served! 

    Post # 8
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    As a photographer I get this a lot, I can’t stress how easy it is to miss being able to book someone. All it takes is one person with your date and boom, your favorite photographer is gone.  

    Post # 9
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Do it, I am currently in the middle of booking my photographer right now and I am so nervous that someone will swoop in and get our date before I sign! We are signing this week!

    Post # 10
    3835 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Find out when your favorite photographer is available and start from there, if you can.  That’s what we did and we got our photographer set first, then the rest fell into place.  To us, the photographs were of primary importance.  Best of luck to you!!!

    Post # 11
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @mmccann13:  Switch your date and book the venue first. A few photographers we talked to weren’t able to sign a contract until the venue was booked. If you think about it, it really helps them avoid constantly having to reschedule their busy seasons. 

    Post # 12
    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Well, to me, if he hasn’t book that other couple, you still have a chance. I know that FI and I met with five photographers – lots of people meet with multiple. Is your date super significant to you in any way? I guess you need to decide if you’d rather have that date, or that photographer.

    Post # 13
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I was at a similar situation recently. We needed to change the date after my sister booked on the same date. Her contracts were a little iron clad so I was willing to change the date if all my current vendors were available on another date. Luckily, my photographer, venue, and church were all available on the same date in August. So we were able to switch without a penalty.

    If that photographer is available, you still have a chance. If not, I would switch the date to get the photographer you want. But make sure you have a venue set.

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