How far in advance should I book my wedding photographer?
Updated: Oct 17, 2019
As a professional photographer, this is one of the questions I get asked a lot. But what prompted me to write this article wasn't the fact I get asked it a lot, but because I'm actually in the middle of planning my own wedding too!
That’s right, the photographer turns bride and honestly, I'm with you guys, planning a wedding is hard, I think as soon as you become engaged a rulebook should magically appear with a 'What Happens Next' guide, because where do you even begin right?!
Well, after we got engaged I got brought a really cool wedding planner book, however when it got to the section about when to book a photographer I was REALLY SHOCKED! 6 months out, that’s what it said. 6 months out from your wedding day. If you went by this you could potentially really struggle to secure your date with your dream photographer as I know from experience that my diary can get booked up to 2 years in advance. I was super shocked by this. Planning a wedding can be so tricky especially if you're doing it without a professional wedding planner so to read this misleading information was super crazy to me.
If you have your eye on a specific photographer that you really, my advice would be to speak to them as soon as you've booked your wedding venue to avoid any disappointment.
Especially if your wedding falls on a weekend and in prime wedding season which is June through to September you'd want to lock that down as soon as you can. Like I have said before planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful things you will likely ever plan, you don't want to get 6 months to your big day and not have one of the main 'Big Things' booked in, can you imagine!
Obviously, there’s always the last-minute bookings, I still get bookings now that are a few months before their wedding date, but even that is pot luck! My recommendation is always 1 year to 1 and a half years in advance, but honestly my best advice that I could give to you today is as soon as you've booked your wedding venue, especially if you have a photographer in mind.