From the information that I am seeing in the wedding guides and magazines, they are telling you to book your wedding photographer approximately 9 months before your wedding date. This is a good amount of time for most brides, but here are other things you need to consider:
Top 5 Reasons to Book your Wedding Photographer Early!
#5…Guarantee your date!
If you are getting married in the summer months, or the year’s most popular wedding month, which can vary from year to year depending on the wedding trends, you may want to book sooner. Also, you have to consider the popularity of the date, such as Valentine’s Day or date with numbers that have a meaning or pattern like January 1, 2011 (1/1/11), and especially if it’s a holiday weekend. Unfortunately, even us wedding vendors do not always know what dates are going to be popular until we start getting calls from brides and grooms to be.
#4…More time to pay!
The longer time that you have to pay your wedding vendors, the better you can control your budget. You will know exactly how much money to budget for photography and won’t have to worry about not finding a photographer you can afford. Plus, this gives you more freedom and creative options. I ask for a $400 deposit to book your date, but you don’t have to be paid in full until two weeks prior to your wedding. Therefore, you can make as many payments as you need, or save up until you can pay in full. Are you having an engagement party or bridal shower? You can always have your guests purchase Kurt Nielsen Photography gift certificates to help pay for your wedding photography, and you can always upgrade if you find you have more money left in your budget!
#3…Help with Wedding Day Time Management!
Don’t know how long after the wedding to start the reception? I can help with that! During your free consultation, I will ask you lots of questions including if and where you want to go for formal wedding pictures. We can then determine the amount of time needed to complete all of the post wedding photos which will vary depending on how many pictures we can get finished before the wedding and travel times to where you want to go for more pictures, and any other stops you want to make. You will probably change your mind about some of this as it gets closer to your wedding, so make sure you come in for another free consultation before you send out your invitations to ensure you leave enough time to get all of the photos that you want.
#2…One less thing to worry about!
You can relax a little bit because you now have one of the biggest wedding day choices secured! This will leave you more time to plan everything else and one less thing to worry about!
And the #1 Reason to Book Early!…..
You get this year’s prices! Unfortunately, occasionally I need to adjust my pricing because my suppliers pricing increases. When you book your wedding, you get the current wedding pricing. If my prices go up by the time your final wedding payment is due, you will only have to pay what your signed contract requires even if my prices have gone up, saving you money!