Post # 1
My Fiance and I are trying to get downpayments on everything to make sure they are locked in. We have yet to put a down payment on a photographer, but we are pretty sure who we are going with. The wedding is May 20th. Do I need to lock her in now or can I afford to wait on it for a couple weeks?
Post # 3
My photographer was one of the first things I booked. If you have the money and your heart is set on a specific person I wouldn’t wait.
Post # 4
I would do it right away if I were you! You’re about 8.5 months out, the good ones will definitely be starting to book up.
Post # 5
If you know who you want as your photographer, I would do it as soon as possible. We were looking for photographers back in March for our wedding next May and our first choice was already booked!
Post # 6
We had a 19 month engagement. The first thing we booked was the venue – at 17 months out. Next was the photographer at 13 months out. It was nice because only one person was booked already, so I had the pick of the litter. So if I were you, I would get on it, you are at a good time to hire one!
Post # 7
After our venue, the photographer was the next thing we booked as well. The good photographers do book up quickly, so if you are sure you want to go with a particular photographer, I wouldn’t wait to book them.
Post # 8
I starting calling photographers 1 year before my wedding and 2 of the 3 I called were already booked so I locked in the 3rd one ASAP.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
We booked the photographer right after the venue. We did it pretty early, August 09 for April 11 wedding, obviously that wasn’t needed but we were set so we went ahead and locked in. I’m glad because her prices have gone up since then.
Post # 10
Book now. We booked our photographer first out of all of our vendors (even our venue!)
If you really like their work and can afford them now, what’s the harm in booking sooner rather than later?
Post # 11
It is one of the first things I booked as well – the good ones are booked up fast. Many have a limit of weddings that they do each year, so once they hit that, they don’t book anymore for the year. I heard anywhere from 10 weddings to 30 weddings a year. This means that even if they are free that day, they won’t take you if they have met that quota.
Post # 12
I agree with everyone that it’s not too early to book the photographer. We’re 9 months out and sent in the deposit two weeks ago once the venues were set.
Post # 13
I would do it very soon, but I would do a LOT of research beforehand! Our photographer was booked 8 months in advance and I felt great about it because it was out of the way and one less thing to think about. I had seen a few weddings she did online (3) and I liked the majority of her pictures. We decided to then have an engagement shoot in April and once we got the pictures back I immediately wanted to cancel with her. Out of over 300 photos taken, there were only 10 total that I liked and only 3 or 4 that I absolutely loved. I was really disappointed. I canceled that photographer and didnt book another photographer until about 10 weeks before our wedding. He turned out to be absolutely awesome and I had never even met him before!!!
Just make sure you do enough research beforehand!
Post # 14
Your wedding is only 8 months away (as is mine:-) I would say you should definitely get your photographer soon! The good ones are definitely booked early. First comes Venue, then Photographer!
Post # 15
I booked our photographer very shortly after booking our venue. The good ones always get booked first, especially if they only do a limited amount of weddings per year.
Post # 16
We booked ours soon after booking our venue, about 11 months before the wedding. After finding out that a photographer I’d been eyeing for months was not available on our date, I worried that the others I wanted to consider could go from available to booked any second. As soon as I found someone we loved who was available, we grabbed him!