Post # 1
We’ve set our destination wedding for Jan 2018, so that is 23 months away!
Now I am in love with this one photographer and want to make sure he is locked down to shoot our place. But Fiance seems reluctant to set an exact date and venue “this early”. To me I know that photographers can book 2 years in advance.
When is a good time to put the deposit down on a venue & lock down the photographer? How early is too early?
I kinda want to get it set in stone and outta the way….
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
Thank you, I had spoken to a friends photographer who was booking people 2 years in advance. And I paniced with us having a destination wedding….
Post # 5
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
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
I booked my destination wedding about 18 months in advance and just booked the photographer (10 months in advance).
Post # 8
We booked both about 18 months in advance. Our venue already had dates taken that far ahead!
Post # 9
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
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
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
at least start searching for one 12 months in advance, and book no later than 6 months before the wedding
Post # 13
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.