Post # 1
I am super bummed…
I have now found three amazing photographers who we absolutely love…only to find out that they are already booked for our date (6-11-11). Now, I knew going in that this would be a very popular date, but I never expected to actually feel BEHIND in the planning process…we already have our church booked, our colors picked/theme secured, Save-The-Date Cards drafted, and a finalized guest list. We’ve narrowed it down to a couple of reception halls, so I started looking into photographers. I know there are a zillion more out there, but photography is #1 on my list (and my mom’s list) of most important components of the wedding, so I was hoping to have better luck.
(I must mention, though, that all of the photographers that are already booked have been EXTREMELY prompt in responding as such and offering additional help to try and ensure I find another photographer.)
On the bright side…
I have narrowed my “taste” by going through this process. I definitely tend to lean towards more photojournalistic/photographic type shots over traditional posed shots. This may sound bad, but with digital photography ever present, I actually don’t like “color” all that much for what I’m envisioning out of our wedding pics. Our engagement photos were full of color, which I loved for that session, but our wedding theme is more vintage/classic…so I love what lphotographic does with sepia and black and white effects (sorry, I don’t know the correct terminology).
I’ll stop rambling now…
This is (as the title states) just a vent, but thanks for listening. I would just like to advise newbees to research and book your vendors a.s.a.p., especially if there’s one component in particular you have your heart set on (e.g. in my case, photography was the most important). Don’t feel like you have to follow the traditional “steps” for planning.
If you’re curious…
Here’s the photographers we loved; hopefully one of you bees can take advantage of their amazing work!
http://www.studio163photography.com (did our e-pics).
Post # 3
I know how you feel! We had to book our photographer almost a year out to make sure we had him. You are getting married a day after my birthday!
Oh, I just realized it’s a year and a half from your date and they are booked! Wow!
Post # 4
I have a stupid question… why do you think that 6-11-11 is such a popular date? is there something i don’t know about?
Post # 5
Popular being it is a wedding month.. On a side note, photography should not be overlooked. It should be a priority even before looking out venues or dresses or even starting out to plan a wedding. 🙂
Post # 6
i thought it was one of those things like 1-11-11 or something like that….
Post # 7
Oh my gosh! That’s our date and I just booked a photog but I cannot beleive that 3 are already booked for that day now I feel behind. All I’ve got done is dress, location, and photog. I guess I better get on it!
Post # 8
@ian…I COULDN’T agree more! I wish I would’ve said “screw” the official timelines of what vendors to look at first, etc. the moment I realized that photography was the #1 priority for me, my Fiance, and my mom (lucky we all agree). My mom told me the moment I got engaged that her only advice to me would be to place a large portion of the budget to capturing the day. She took the route of using a old high school friend who was just starting out and 25 years later regrets it. Granted, this is NOT always the case. I know another couple who did the same thing as my mom and got extremely lucky, because the “newbie” turned out to be phenomenal! Cross your fingers I can still find someone in my area I L.O.V.E.
@crebre…All the vendors I have talked to have immediately responded with a “oh that’s a very popular date” when I told them my date. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it’s 1) because it’s in June, an already popular time for weddings (the old desired “June Bride”) and 2) because the day matches the year, so it’s kindof catchy. I had originally wanted, and expect it will be even more popular, 9-10-11 (even more catchy!).
@asunw…YAY for date twins! you’ll have to keep me up to date on your plans as they progress. And atleast you have the main things (dress, location, photog). I have the church, but still no reception hall. And the way these photogs are booking up, I’m dreading to see how many of our desired halls are booked.
Post # 9
I am sure you will.. you just have to keep looking! -Ian
Post # 10
how strange, i’ve just not heard about this date yet (of course i’ve only spoken with two 2011 brides)… but yes i think photography is the most important aspect of any day no matter the amount of money you spend, i mean 1000 is still a lot to spend on one day
Post # 11
I’ll definately keep you updated. The only reason I have my location is because we’re getting married at a winery (currently wo a reception center but groundbreaking is in March, tell me thats not stressful lol) and both the ceremony and reception will be there. Hopefully reception hall won’t be so bad. I mean we’re still 18 months out. . .
Post # 12
I was only engaged for 10 months, but the photographer was the first thing I got nailed down after the date (the venue determined the date, so that was all one shot.) It is frustrating, but I can assure you that YOU WILL find someone who you click with and love their work.
Also-Im a huge fan of B&W and sepia photographs too, but dont totally discount color. We had a rgeat assortment of all of these, but photographers work MAGIC with photoshop. some of my final photos included the same shot in color and B&W, some were color but were artistically faded and look vintage, others were perfect in sepia. I wouldn’t worry too much about that aspect. If you tell the photog that you’re into those types, they can make it happen.
Are you willing to pay for a photographer to travel to shoot your wedding? We did that, and paid a decent amount for it, but it was totally worth it. My brothers and some friends biggest regrets are using a friendor or settling for someone less experienced.