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Ashlee
Just Said Yes October 2022

How far ahead in advance did everyone book their photographer/videograper?

Ashlee, on January 8, 2022 at 11:23 PM Posted in Planning 0 30
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My fiancee and I currently in the process of making payments on the venue. The goal is to focus on that as well as attire first. Just wondering how soon in advance we should book photography/videography? The venue will be paid off in July and the big day is in October. Would waiting until July to book our photographer/videographer be too last minute?

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Latest activity by Lunajay, on January 17, 2022 at 1:42 PM
  • Cece
    Master November 2022
    Cece ·
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    We booked our photographer 18 months out because she books out 1-2 years in advance. We booked our videographer 1 year out.
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  • Cece
    Master November 2022
    Cece ·
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    If you have a particular photographer and videographer in mind, I would definitely reach out to them ASAP to see if A. They have your date available, and B. How far out they are booking
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  • Samantha
    Devoted April 2022
    Samantha ·
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    We booked ours about a year out. Most photographers only require a deposit to secure your date (ours was 25% down), and the full balance is due a few weeks before your event. If you can, I’d highly recommend booking now, as your options may already be limited.
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  • Monique
    Super October 2022
    Monique ·
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    I'm doing the same thing paying on our venue first then invites then find them next. Attire is good groom will do his we had set back but we are getting back on track. So hoping to have them booked with the next few months.
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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah Online ·
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    Our photographer was the first thing we booked after our venue and out of the 4 we reached out to, 2 were already booked and the third had someone soft holding our date. I definitely wouldn’t wait until July for an October wedding unless you’re okay with using whoever is left.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    If you can, I would definitely start looking now for a photographer and/or videographer. Many book up a year or even two years in advance. If you financially aren't ready to make the deposit until July, you could always ask the photographer/videographer if they can put a soft hold on your date until then.
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  • Jasmine S.
    Rockstar May 2022
    Jasmine S. ·
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    We booked ours 15 months out (before postponing). If your wedding is October this year, I would get on it ASAP.
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  • Rachel
    Dedicated October 2023
    Rachel ·
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    Definitely need to book ASAP! 10 months out isn't much time.


    We booked ours 2 years out but we're doing an international elopement and booked a photographer that will have to travel to the country so a little different.
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  • Natalie
    Super November 2020
    Natalie ·
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    Yikes! I would begin finding the rest of your vendorsASAP!
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  • Kate
    Dedicated May 2022
    Kate ·
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    We booked our photographer immediately after our date and venue were picked.
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  • Orianna
    Dedicated December 2022
    Orianna ·
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    Strong suggest on finding your major vendors now (photography, DJ, Florist etc) as they book up quick! Especially with so many weddings having been postponed these last two years, 2022 is filling up extremely fast. I'm getting married in December of 2022 and I've already gotten my venue, dj, photographer, florist, caterer and am in the process of deciding on hair and make up teams, ceremony music and trying to find the perfect invitations.

    Things are booking up really quickly (I had several venues and vendors tell me last year that they were completely booked through 2022) and I always err on the side of caution. I fully expect to have months where I have very little to do. Which I'd rather have then a scramble the last few months to find something that works in my budget and is still available.

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  • Nicole
    Master September 2020
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    My photographers were the first vendor we booked after the venue…2 years out from the date. If you value your photos (they were the most important aspect for me), I would be booking them ASAP.
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  • L
    Dedicated June 2023
    Linda ·
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    You should have been booked that. Hurry

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  • Lily
    Beginner August 2023
    Lily ·
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    Yes, as the other posters have mentioned you should be booking your other vendors ASAP. I'm getting married August of 2023 and I already have my venue/photographer/videographer/decorator/florist/makeup artist booked.

    I know that it depends on what the market is like in your area regarding certain vendors but for me, there isn't a whole lot to choose from so people get booked fast. I had a hard time finding someone to do makeup as well as a videographer for my date which is nuts because my wedding is a year and a half away. However, COVID has caused a lot of weddings to become postponed.

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  • A
    Just Said Yes September 2022
    Audrey ·
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    You should book ASAP. We ended up booking ours 10 months out because when we were contacting photographers a few of them were already booked for our date.

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  • Candace
    Super March 2022
    Candace ·
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    Alot of photographers I researched only needed a small amount as a deposit. So if you booked before July while you're still making payments on the venue, you'd probably not have to put down a large amount. I would at least start researching and choose one sometime this spring. If you start to see them booking up ( they will advertise this on their social media) then you can go ahead and book. This year is going to be a really busy year for the wedding industry.
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  • E
    Devoted August 2023
    Elly ·
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    I would book a photographer ASAP. If you think about it, photographs really capture moments that can't be recreated. I know some websites or blogs have "ways you can save" by hiring an amateur photographer without much experience.

    This will bite you in the rear.

    It is fine if the photographer has an apprentice or assistant- everyone needs to learn. But cheaping out on a photographer will mean that if they mess up, it won't matter how you look on your wedding day- you will still have wonky photographs.

    -Do research as to what kinds of photograph styles you like: Color, Black and White, Sepia Tone, etc.
    -Find whose photography portfolio you gravitate Towards.
    -Find what is included, and not included in the pricing.
    -Find how long they have been a photographer.
    -See if you can hold a conversation with them.
    -Ask several questions including how they like to pose their subject, what they need and how long they take to set up, etc.
    -See if they make you AND your fiancé feel happy, confident, and at ease- If you can get along well with this person, the more they will be able to photograph moments that are organic rather that have to resort to posing everything or you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. If you think about it, you will be taking several photos kissing or being romantic with your FH. It is a bit awkward when there is a third party looking at you both.

    Personally, I told my fiancé that I would pay for a top notch photographer even if it meant I had to financially compromise everywhere else for our wedding.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    We booked our photographer 14 months out. And we didn't even get our top choice photographer because they were already booked for our date, so we went for our second choice photographer. And this was in pre-Covid times. I'd get on booking a photographer (and the rest of your vendors) ASAP!

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    Devoted February 2023
    Elycia ·
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    Our wedding is March 2023 and I booked our photographer in October 2021, as soon as we nailed down the date with the venue. If you want a good quality photographer I would look now and book asap. 2022 is the busiest year for weddings since 1984 and most likely a majority of available photographers are already completely booked out.

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  • E
    Devoted February 2023
    Elycia ·
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    Yes, I went $1500 over budget for our photographer and I've never once regretted it. Every time I look at his posts on instagram or facebook of his new galleries I get so excited for our engagement shoot and wedding. I can cut from other places that I care less about like flowers, decorations, paper, etc. Im gonna have these photos for the rest of our lives. They'll be what we hang on our mantle and what our future children will look through.

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