How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Wedding Photographer

As a seasoned photographer and cinematographer, I get asked a lot of questions. I love it because it let’s me know that people really care about their wedding experience. It also let’s me know that they trust me as a professional to ask questions. One of the most frequent questions I get asked by couple’s booking wedding photography or videography services is how far in advance should they booked their wedding vendors. 

Most reputable vendors and venues book six months to one year in advance. Here’s a guide that works for most weddings when it comes to Wedding Photography & Videography:  

Wedding Photography  

Depending on the popularity of your wedding date and the wedding photographer you desire to hire, an available date may be limited. Most photographers and videographers recommend hiring them at least 12 months before the wedding, if you’re working with a professional wedding planner. 

If you’re planning your wedding yourself it’s best to book your wedding photographer or videographer at least 16 months in advance. 

Wedding Videography 

Wedding Videography is still new and not as booked, but don’t sleep on the booking timeframe. Videos aren’t going anywhere and as more qualified companies come around that produce quality, they are getting booked rapidly. Some companies are being booked at least 12 months in advance.  

What NOT To Do 

It is not a good practice to book any of your vendors last minute. Professional vendors get booked pretty fast and also don’t have the flexibility to meet your wedding date if it’s last minute. They may also charge an additional fee if adding you to their schedule is double-booking them. It all depends on the company’s practices. 

UI Couples 

My couples book me at least six months to one year in advance. This is the timeframe that I highly recommend all couples follow. There are several reason why this timeframe works very well. Within six months to a year, your venue is booked and you have most of your wedding details in order. This helps your wedding photographer or videographer assist you with your timeline. This is very important to couples because the timeline often guides the day and all of your vendors will follow it. Not only is it important to all of your vendors, but your wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t want to miss important details. Helping you with the timeline allows them to see what time other vendors arrive and it also allows them to give you a realistic plan for helping your vendors work together. 


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Author: Anesha Collins
Email: unashamedimaging@gmail.com
Author Bio: Anesha Collins is a photographer, cinematographer, and educator currently based in Orlando, Florida. She was born and raised in New York. She’s a granddaughter, aunt, and a lover of quotes. She also a self-starter with a lot of initiative and she’s obsessed with being organized and solution-oriented. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post, The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, MunaLuchi Bridal, BlackBride1998 and more. She is also the recipient of Central Florida’s 2017 Best of Weddings Award for Best Photographer & Best Videographer.
Link to social media or website: http://WWW.UNASHAMEDIMAGING.COM


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