(Closed) When did you book your photographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didnt book mine until about 4 or 5 months until the wedding and still had my top pick of 3 or 4 to decide between.  I think you’ve still got plenty of time.  I’m in the Boston area and got married in July, which is also peak time.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

that was the first thing we did after picking the venue, so close to a year out. I think at nine months you should still have a good selection of options though!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We booked ours two years in advance, but 9 months is plenty of time. You might not get you first choice, but you should be able to find several available photographers that you like. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Scc6a: we booked our photographer right after the venue and music, about a year out, maybe a little less.  But I think you will still have a lot of options at 9 months out as well.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Right after I booked my venue, about 11 months out.  Definitely get going as soon as possible, but you’re still okay!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m with  @pengoala: I booked mine right after my venue, around a year out.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

6 weeks, I think.

We org. had a photographer booked around 10 months and then she went MIA and ignored phone calls and emails until about 2 months before the wedding and eventually told me that she had an accident with head trauma and she couldn’t make it to our wedding and couldn’t send any of her staff photographers apparently? DH and I won a contest for her services so we had to re-work our budget to fit in a photographer.

It all worked out and found someone last minute.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I booked the photographer about 8 or 9 months before the wedding, it was the first thing I booked and it decided the wedding date since we are having our wedding on family property we didn’t have to book a venue.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It was the first thing I researched! =) We were pretty sure on the venue, but still working out our budget. We placed a deposit on our venue and then went straight to her to make sure we could get her. I don’t think its ever too early, plus your photog’s prices may change come 2012. 

I think its one of the MOST important vendors, if not the most important. Don’t think you could ever be too early; but do all the research you can before making that deposit.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I booked my photographer right after I booked my venue in 14-15 months before the wedding. I was taking to him several months beforehand and he penciled me in to save the date for me. I was the first vendor I booked and I found him and was talking to him before I was even engaged and before I even found my dress.

 

Vendors book up fast….a year from the date of my wedding my photographer was FULLY booked for the summer of my wedding, so I booked him just in time!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I booked mine about 9 months in advance. I didn’t have any trouble getting a good photographer and am happy with the one I chose. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m getting married in July next year and just booked my photographer last month, so about 8 months out. You’ll have plenty of time!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are planning to book our photographer this week for our October wedding. You should still have plenty of options!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@Scc6a: We booked ours a little less than a year out.  FWIW, I’m in Chicago.

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