(Closed) How far in advance?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

My opinion would be to book a photog about a year out.  Two years seems like a long time – someone new might come on to the scene, prices/packages may change, etc.  That being said, if you want a particular photographer who is really sought after, you may want to contact a little sooner.  But that’s just my opinion!

Post # 4
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i signed the contract with my photographer 1 1/2 years out from my september wedding, but he is really popular and we wanted to secure our date.  also, we had our venue all lined up already as well (another case of a popular place that fills up super quick).



Post # 5
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

I would book a year out. Most photographers do not accept bookings more than 18 months in advance, but check with them.  I wouldn’t jump the gun too much!  I would say 1 1/2 years is good – that’s is about when we booked our photographer.

Post # 6
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We booked our photographer 1 1/2 years out – but the one we really wanted had already been booked 7 months earlier! So I would suggest there’s nothing wrong with getting quotes now – and for the photographers you like, ask when they usually start booking up, so you’ll know when you should be making your final decision.

Good luck! 

Post # 7
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It really depends on the popularity of the photographer.  If it’s someone not as well known, you can wait awhile.  But if it’s the best in town – book now!

Post # 9
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I say a year is plenty of time.

Post # 10
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Hi Kierbear,

I’m getting married in the same summer you are, and we’re planning on booking within a month or so, just because we know he’s very popular and want to ensure our date. We’ve been looking at photogs. for months though!

Post # 11
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i don’t think it hurts to ask if they book that early, our photographer gets booked very quickly so we were lucky to get him.

Post # 12
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I did mine a little over a year in advance.  I think that’s not a bad time to start researching and negotiating.  They were already booked on some dates around my wedding date too so lots of us brides are early planners!

Post # 13
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

To be honest I wouldn’t wait. I got engaged in July and I started looking a photographers in August 08 (2 years out) and some of the photographers had already been booked. I did end up finding a photographer and booked them in September so just under two years out. If you are getting married in August 2012 I would say book no later than this summer. Most photographers should be able to give you a price and lock you in ahead of time. Better safe than sorry.

In my experiece, the only vendors that can’t be booked that early is your florist (usually no more than a year out) and cake (around 6 months out).

Post # 14
2634 posts
Sugar bee

My photog was the very first thing we booked, it was about 16 months before our wedding and I knew her calendar was starting to fill.  So while two years may be a tad early about 18 months out should be fine, especially for a popular one!

Post # 15
739 posts
Busy bee

My studio is booking fall of 2011 and I have had a few inquires for 2012 already.  In my opinion it doesn’t help to ask.  Some photographers wont book that far out and some have their years booked up one year in advance.  We don’t really have an average. We get some for two years out and some two months out.  If there are photogs you are in LOVE with I would contact them asap and tell them how important photography photography is to you. The farther out you book the more likely you will get a better deal for that photographer as most studios raise their prices every year to keep up with inflation, product costs, their demand, etc.  It doesn’t hurt to reach out.

Good luck.

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