What would we do without our terrific wedding vendors? Not only in the lead-up and on the day of your wedding, but to share advice and inspiration that only wedding pros are privy to, and to make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch! We have Peta from Weddings Captured by Peta for another wonderful installment of photography wisdom for The Planning Issue in “From Engagement to Album: Timeline Tips For Booking Your Wedding Photographer.”

If you’re in the process of planning your dream wedding, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect photographer to capture all the special moments of your big day. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to know when to start the process of finding and booking your photographer. That’s why I’m here to give you some tips on how to create a timeline for booking your wedding photographer!

First things first, let’s talk about when you should start looking for a wedding photographer. In general, it’s a good idea to start your search at least 12-18 months before your wedding date. This will give you plenty of time to research different photographers, compare prices and packages, and schedule consultations with your top choices.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential photographers, it’s time to start booking consultations. During these meetings, you’ll have the chance to get to know the photographer, see their portfolio, and ask any questions you may have about their services. It’s important to schedule these consultations early on in the process, as the most popular photographers tend to book up quickly!

After you’ve met with a few different photographers and found the one that’s the perfect fit for you, it’s time to officially book them for your wedding day. Ideally, you should do this about 6-8 months before your wedding date. This will give you plenty of time to work with your photographer to plan out all the details of your wedding day photography, including the timeline, shot list, and any special requests you may have.

It’s also a good idea to schedule an engagement session with your photographer a few months before your wedding day. This will give you the chance to get to know your photographer better, get comfortable in front of the camera, and create some beautiful photos to use for your save-the-dates and wedding website.

As your wedding day approaches, it’s important to stay in touch with your photographer and keep them updated on any changes to your wedding day timeline or plans. You’ll also want to make sure you have a clear idea of what you want from your wedding day photos, so you can work with your photographer to make sure they capture all the special moments you’re hoping for

Finally, after your wedding day is over and you’ve received your beautiful wedding photos, don’t forget to leave a review for your photographer! This will help other couples find the perfect photographer for their own weddings, and it will also give your photographer the recognition they deserve for their hard work and talent.

So there you have it!

By following this timeline for booking your wedding photographer, you’ll be able to find the perfect photographer to capture all the special moments of your big day, and you’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your wedding photography is taken care of.

About Weddings Captured by Peta: A bit about me: I’m a manifesting, modern country-lovin’, wedding photographer in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia – travelling across the state to capture your big day. I take pride in capturing the small moments leading to wedding memories that couples will never forget (because they have the photos!).