(Closed) Shall I move my wedding date to accommodate the photographer's schedule?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

if you love the photographer’s work, and you want to work with him/her, then do it. If the venue allows for a change without paying more, why not?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Well if you have signed contracts with a venue, etc. it might not be possible to back out. Ask the photographer if they have a recommendation?

Personally, it would be more exhausting to me to change the date for one vendor and deal with changing contracts and negotiations, than to look for another photographer.

Post # 5
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Newbee

Has the date been highly publicized? Do you have time to check with your family, FI’s family, bridesmaids and groomsmen about the other date? Have people already booked hotels and flights? Do you have other vendors lined up already?

I’m not necessarily trying to talk you out of it. But there may be more issues with switching than just the venue. I agree with somethingbee… ask for a recommendation from your photographer. Most photographers have a good network, and use each other as backups if they can’t make an event. Just ask, and maybe you’ll narrow your search.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Because I’m having a short engagement, the first several photogs that I got my heart set on were already booked. Then one referred me to a few photogs she recommended, one of which is the one I’m using. And I am SO happy with her style/portfolio/experience/personality. 

Honestly, finding a photog was one of the easier parts of wedding planning IMO because you can do most of it in the comfort of your own home. 

In sum, there are other photographers in the world, many of whom are better than your first choice. Just find another one. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

oh i see… yeah it might cause problems if people saved your date. <br /><br />

I had a bride change her schedule so she could have me as her photographer… but it was a  year in advice. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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msdolphine:   Did you send out save the date cards?   We didn’t set our date until we knew our photographer was free – that was our most important vendor.  So I can understand moving the date to have the photographer you prefer.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

We did move our wedding date for our photographer, but it’s a little different from your situation — we chose the venue first, and then checked to see if the photographer was available on the date that we wanted. She wasn’t, so we chose a different date.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Why did your parent’s pick the date? Is it something they’re set on?

In most cases, you sign the contract with the venue and not much in changes can be made, especially with the date.

The photographer we got was available when I reached out to her with our date (after the venue and a few other things had already been booked), but had a back-up in mind if she wasn’t available. If she’s someone you really want to go with and your venue (and other things you’ve booked) can handle the change – I’d do it.

I planned our wedding in 7 months and it was perfect!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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msdolphine:  Read your contract with the venue. That’s step 1. If there’s no cost associated with changing the date, talk to your parents since you let them pick a specific date. 

Feel like finding another photographer would not be the end of the world. Seems like more of a hassle to move things around than to start calling some other photographers.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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msdolphine:  What stands out to me as odd is the fact that you are thinking of moving your date not because your one-of-a-kind, incredible, can’t find anyone else like him/her photographer is booked but because they seemed good and you find the prospect of looking at some more portfolios to find another that seems good is exhausting…

Seems like changing the date (and likely there will be fees associated in changing the date at the venue) would be more difficult. And what about your other vendors? It doesn’t sound like they are booked yet, so what will you do if you change the venue and then find that the DJ you want is booked for that date? Filtering through and finding vendors is a big job, but just a part of wedding planning.

Anyways, best of luck to you whatever you choose 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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msdolphine:  Not at all as long as you can keep everything else the same or don’t mind if somehting has to change (ie venue, musicians, planner etc). Make sure you check with the venues, first, before you do anything. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

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bdbride8693:  Jk. Bdbride8693 has a better reply 🙂 I’d agree, moving contracts will be more challenging than finding a new photographer.

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