Post # 1
We are officially engaged in each other’s eyes, and we’ve set a date. The problem is absolutely no one else knows yet and I’m waiting to have the ring on my finger and a proposal. The wedding is this year and I think I’ve found the perfect photographer couple.
Can I go ahead and email them and see if they are booked yet? Or should I just wait? I’m just afraid she’ll be booked and I will be super sad, but I don’t want to seem like I’m pushing him even though we are in all senses engaged besides the ring and proposal surprise.
Post # 3
@smilestorm: If the wedding’s this year, I’d definitely go ahead and start asking around.
Post # 4
@smilestorm: Go ahead! No one needs to know! A great photog usually books out 9 – 12 months in advance anyway
Post # 5
I would definitely ask about availabilities…but depending on deposits/cancellation policies, you may consider waiting to book until you can clear your chosen date with the essential family members and guests. Congratulations!
Post # 6
We totally booked our venue and our photographer before DH actually proposed! We knew we’d have a shorter engagement (10 months, because of our grad school schedules), so I told then-SO that we needed to get started! The only thing I was really superstitious about waiting on was dress shopping, haha.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
If you have a definite date, especially if it within this year, I don’t see why you shouldn’t start booking.
Post # 8
Not weird. In fact it’s a very good idea book one soon since your wedding is only 8 months away!
Post # 9
@smilestorm: If you guys already have a date set and it’s this year…then yes, definitely book him/her now before they book up!
Post # 10
Thank you all for your responses and reassuring me. I feel kind of crazy! I messaged them. Hopefully they are available. I loved the samples on the website. They are a married couple so you get two photographers and the engagement session is included for $1500.
Post # 11
I would definitely go ahead and book. There’s nothing wrong with keeping on top of things!
Post # 12
@smilestorm: I’m going to go against the grain here. Do you have a venue yet? If not, I would not book. Usually you have to put down a depsosit and there’s too much at risk. What if your date doesn’t work for all of your VIP guests? What if there are no affordable venues that day? If you get stuck, you’re out without a photographer and a deposit.
Post # 13
@crackktheskyy: The venue is booked currently so that shouldn’t be an issue. I see what you mean about the vip guests, but all of our main people should be good to make it
Post # 14
You don’t really have a wedding date until you have a venue booked, IMO. You never know if you’ll have to change the date.
Post # 15
@smilestorm: I personally would not book anything without being engaged, and most definitely wouldn’t book any vendors before booking a venue (and I’m a wedding photographer!!!). Until you have a venue booked, I wouldn’t book anything else, unless you have the luxury of continuing to look for venues if what you like isn’t available on the date you want. What happens when you book the photographer, and then you start actively planning and you can’t get a venue you want on that date?
Post # 16
We have the venue booked. 🙂 I should have mentioned that. I guess I just assumed no one would book a photographer until that and didn’t think to include that in my original post.