When to Book your Wedding Photographer

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Wedding planning can be overwhelming: there are so many factors to consider, and often wedding planners, photographers, DJs and caterers will offer different – and sometimes even contradictory – advice.

In terms of wedding photography, I’m always surprised when I come across an article online or in a magazine that recommends booking your wedding photographer 6-8 months before your wedding date.

You may be surprised, but most top-tier photographers in metropolitan areas like Vancouver are fully booked 10-12 months in advance.

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Since most couples say that finding the right photographer is an important part of their wedding day, I always suggest that the newly engaged put wedding photography on the top of their to-do list. Especially when you have your eye on a particular photographer, it pays contact them early.

Still seem like overkill to book your wedding photographer a year in advance?

When I talked to Vancouver-based wedding planners A Day to Remember, they had more than one story about couples who found themselves scrambling at the six (or sometimes even eight) month mark to book a decent wedding photographer.

Truly, the safest plan of action is to book your photographer as soon as you pick your wedding date.

Of course, I’d never advocate rushing the decision, either. Couples should take their time and meet with a few different photographers, and make sure they’re hiring someone who a) makes them feel comfortable and b) is able to shoot in the style the couple has in mind.

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Just don’t leave those meetings until the last minute!

If you’re reading this and starting to sweat because you’re six months away from the big “I do!” and don’t have anyone booked, don’t lose heart:  there are always exceptions to the rule.

If you’re planning a winter wedding, for instance, there’s more of a chance of open dates. Sundays also tend to be easier to book, provided your photographer of choice works on Sundays. Also, sometimes the stars just align and there’s a miraculous open date at the last minute.

If you’re able, though, it might be best to leave stars aligning and miracles for the romantic parts of your big day, and start researching your wedding photographer now.

Vancouver Wedding Photographer Edward Lai Photography

Best friends.                                        Photo from Jeff and Rae's wedding