The Early Bride Gets the Last Laugh

Ok, so I’m mixing my cliches. What’s it mean? I’m talking about the fact that brides who start planning early are most likely to get the vendors they want for their wedding day & less likely to suffer the frustration & disappointment of having to “settle” for second or even third choice. Just this past week, I’ve had to turn away 2 brides who inquired about wedding photography because their dates were already taken, & one who lost her date because another bride committed first.
Like many wedding vendors, photographers often book dates a year in advance, especially in the more popular wedding months. When we participate in wedding expos, I am always so impressed with brides that tell me their wedding is a year, even a year and a half away – these gals know how fast that time is going to fly by!
There’s another reason besides making sure you get your first photographer choice for committing early in the planning stage – money. By signing on with your photographer of choice you will avoid investment increases that may occur between the time you know they are the one for you & a delayed booking date. It’s win-win!

How soon should you be looking to make your choice for your wedding photographer? There are really only 3 things you need to know before your photographer should be able to give you an accurate investment cost: the date, the venue location, & how much of your day you want photographed (& truthfully, your photographer may need to help you determine that last one). As soon as those first 2 things are in place, start your interviewing of any photographers you are considering & as soon as you know you’ve found The One, seal the deal by signing the photography contract & putting down your retainer. Then you’ll be able to relax & know that the memories of your wondrous day will be exactly as you’ve dreamed they would be.
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