(Closed) How far in advance to book venue/photographer

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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chamcham:  I’m a wedding photog and I typically book anywhere from 18 months to a few months in advance. Usually the average is 9 months to a year though. I would say since wedding photographers can literally only shoot one event a day (unless it was a short, elopement or something) if you REALLY love the photographer and would be bummed that they were booked, you should pull the trigger as soon as you’re ready because it would suck to have to start the search again because you waited too long. I hate getting an awesome inquiry for a date I’m already booked!

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We booked our venue 1 year (almost to the day) in advance and our venue was already almost completely booked for the summer! Our photographer we booked about a year in advance as well.

Some venues may not let you book 2 years out though since their pricing changes year to year and I wouldn’t book a photographer before booking a venue and having the date set in stone.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Two years is a really long time. Personally I think it’s too early but I suppose it can’t hurt to inquire.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We booked our venue and photographer 9 months in advance. That said, I would have booked a year in advance if I’d known Hawaii was SO popular – our favorite venue was booked up a year in advance which was a super bummer!! 

Two years does seem like a long time but if you like a particular venue and a photographer I would go for it after some research into venues – there are SO many around! 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I booked my destination wedding about 18 months in advance and just booked the photographer (10 months in advance).

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We booked both about 18 months in advance. Our venue already had dates taken that far ahead!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

We booked out venue 13 months in advance, and they only have one Saturday left in September. Some venues book 2 years inadvace. Doesnt hurt to ask if your want to book your dream venue.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My wedding will be in October 2017, and we’ve already booked our church, venue, and photographer. We’ll probably get the band pretty soon as well, because music, photography, and location were our priorities! Go for it, because you’ll feel a lot less stressed out knowing that your perfect vendors/venues are all set!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I’d book now if you’re 100% certain of what you want and tend not to be the type to change your minds and if you can afford to pay the deposit now.

Other thing to consider is if the photographer has a life even that causes them to move, if they get pregnant, or if something else happens that would make them unavailable. I would not book a photographer any sooner than 12-14 months out. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

at least start searching for one 12 months in advance, and book no later than 6 months before the wedding

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I booked my venue 23 months ago and was able to lock in the price then. I am glad I did cause the venue’s price has gone up. 

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