When to book the wedding photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: When should I book my photographer?
    Never too early : (28 votes)
    65 %
    1 year - 9 months away : (12 votes)
    28 %
    9-6 months away : (2 votes)
    5 %
    6-3 months away : (1 votes)
    2 %
    3 months is plenty of time : (0 votes)
    who needs a photographer? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We booked as soon as we had the venue. Honestly, I don’t see why not if the photographer’s okay with it – we locked in her pricing then, which had gone up by the time our wedding rolled around, and we were able to keep in touch/do engagement photos, so by the wedding day it felt totally natural having her there. 

    Post # 4
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    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would book as soon as you have the venue/date set in stone. I started conversations with photographers before we put a deposit on the venue and some photographers mentioned that they wouldn’t have us sign a contract unless we had the venue first.

    Post # 5
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    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I would book ASAP. The good and reliable photographers tend to book up quickly, especially since you’re getting married during “wedding season.” We booked our photographer as soon as they allowed, which was February of this year.

     

    Post # 6
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If you found one you love, book ’em ASAP!!!

    Post # 7
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    2276 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  I would do that as soon as you set the date.  Especially if you are looking to book a certain photographer. Great photographers book fast.

    Post # 8
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    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We booked our photographer a year and 2 months out, and then when we had to change our wedding date by 3 months (and contacted her a year out from the date) and was told she was in discussion with another bride for that date but would give the date to us since we had already put a deposit down.

    Good and affordable photographers in Toronto book up rather early, I would say it’s never too early =)

    Post # 9
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    2209 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Never too early!  The first thing we figured out was our venue, and then I contacted my church to see if the day the venue was available was also available for our ceremony.  The third thing we figured out was our photographer.

    I did a ton of reasearch, and eliminated some folks because of price, but moreso because of what was included in the price (One photog we looked at was 3100 with a mini e session and just one photographer.  Their pictures were very beautiful, but the value just wasn’t right for us)

    We ended up meeting with only 3 photogs based on their photos and picked the one that was the easiest to talk to, professionally does weddings, and came with a second photographer.  The package we chose is $2990, but it also includes a wedding album, unlimited coverage day of, and a deluxe e session that includes hair and makeup.

    I am also a super cheapass, so spending 3k on wedding photography makes me cringe a bit as well, but I know it will be worth it.  And since she was fun and easy to talk to, I’m even more sure the photos will turn out well.

    So, to answer your question:  book your photographer as soon as you find someone who fits your criteria listed above, that you click with on a personal level, and (obviously) someone whose photos you love.

    Just do it!  😛

    Post # 10
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    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    after the venue, that’s the first thing we booked! and our wedding date is 6 months past yours and we had the same general expectations of a photographer 🙂 we’re in hamilton, but just start searching and emailining because that will take a while in itself before you select a few to meet! start now, but get contingency plans from them because its still a bit away

    Post # 11
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    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I booked my photographer last minute (2 months before the big day) but I don’t think that is the best way to go if you can help it. I would say it’s never too early.

    Post # 12
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    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We booked as soon as we had a date set because I wanted to make sure I had my first choice photographer. We booked in February for an April 2014 wedding – and she already had another wedding booked in April 2014!

    Post # 13
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    395 posts
    Helper bee

    My average client books 18-12 months out. I’m more than half booked for 2014. As early as you can 

    Post # 14
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    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @MsGinkgo:  yeah, as soon as you have the date and venue locked down, start the hunt. Use the fact that there ARE so many in your area to your advantage. Meet with them, look through their albums, and don’t “buy” unless you are in love with their work.

    I think you should be able to get someone great, including the e-shoot and all, for less than 3K. 🙂

    Post # 15
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    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @MsGinkgo:  After we picked our date I IMMEDIATELY booked the photographer!  Like a year and a half early.  He didn’t quite double his prices in that year and a half, but let’s just say I got him for a steal compared to waiting.  Photographers are going to up their prices every year or two, so booking early = savings!

    Post # 16
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    4877 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Generally I say “it’s never too early” but the average is about 9-12 months out…and that’s only because most people tend to plan in under a year from getting engaged.

    That being said, I usually won’t book a client more than 12 months out becaues my pricing changes a little each year. That being said, if you find someone you love and are able to nail them down – book them. I can’t tell you how many inquiries I get for dates even 6 months out that I’m already booked for. Brides get so discouraged but that’s the game. 

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