would it be weird to go ahead and book the photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@smilestorm:  If the wedding’s this year, I’d definitely go ahead and start asking around. 

Post # 4
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@smilestorm:  Go ahead! No one needs to know! A great photog usually books out 9 – 12 months in advance anyway

Post # 5
284 posts
Helper bee

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
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Not weird. In fact it’s a very good idea book one soon since your wedding is only 8 months away!

Post # 9
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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 # 11
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would definitely go ahead and book. There’s nothing wrong with keeping on top of things!

Post # 12
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@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 # 14
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@crackktheskyy:  +1


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
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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?

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