(Closed) A valuable lesson learned!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I second this.  We booked our photographer about 10-11 months before the wedding but he was already getting pretty booked up for the year (especially during the nice weather times like spring and summer).

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I also agree – especially the fabulous photographers that your friends use! I found that a ton of them got booked up so early! Good post eupenmalmody!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

We booked ours a year out. Even then, there were photogs that were completely booked.

We ended up with our first choice, though.

Post # 6
Bee
13050 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

We got married on a Friday, so it wasn’t as much of an issue–but some photographers will only book one wedding per weekend, as we found out, so we were competing with the people getting married on that Saturday, too.  Good advice!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t give up – have you asked the photographers you have already contacted if they have referrals and/or suggestions of other photographers? 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I booked my date around my photog 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I agree. Photog is the first vendor we booked.

Post # 10
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4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Wow, that’s nuts! Is it Labor Day weekend? Maybe that’s a more popular date!

Post # 11
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646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah, I booked my photographer about 16 months out!

Post # 13
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We booked a year out, but had to change our date to get our photographer…  Luckily we had a long engagement (15 months), so we still had time to choose a venue and decide on style before we had to select a photographer.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We were pretty lucky, we booked our photographer about 6 months out, but we only had a 6 month engagement!  Also the photogs are friends of one of our GM’s so they cut us a HUGE deal!  But def good advice, if this photog hadn’t come recommended by our Groomsmen, I don’t know what we would have done!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We booked our photographer before we had a venue!! We’d picked a date, but were still 14 months away from it, so we were lucky.  By the time the wedding rolled around (and one of our groomsmen had booked the same photographer) he was charging 2x’s what we paid.

The early bird gets their choice, and often a better deal!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Good reminder!   I am a wedding photographer so I’m totally biased,     but this is great advice ESPECIALLY if your have a SATURDAY date.         Saturdays are the first dates to go and the photographers who are both good + affordable go fast.       As a bride you’ll always have an easier time searching if you have a non-sat. date.      If you do have a Sat.,   book early as save yourself the stress!

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