When should I hire my wedding photographer | Palm Harbor & Tampa Wedding Photographer

One of the hardest things I have to tell someone that inquires about me shooting their wedding is….sorry, I’m already booked.  Seriously, that breaks my heart, especially when they tell me how much they want me to shoot their wedding.

Most photographers will agree with me when I say we book anywhere between 6-12 months out.  In some cases, I’ve had clients book over a year out.  On a side note, when people inquire telling me that they aren’t getting married until spring 2015 and they have plenty of time?  Ummm spring of 2015 is really only 9 months away!  Can you believe it!!

Anyways…moving on.  So when should you hire your wedding photographer?  Unwritten rule of thumb, it should be the next vendor you hire once your venue is booked.  Most (and not all) photographers won’t book a client until their venue is booked.  Why you ask?  Let’s say you want to get married on May 24, 2015 and you book your amazing Tampa wedding photographer (that would be me lol).  Deposit is paid and the date is locked in with your photographer.  You find the most amazing venue that is a have to have and they are booked.  Now what because you’re amazing wedding photographer isn’t available on a day that the venue has available.

See how this is all going full circle?  1.  Venue  2. Photographer

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you have to do it this way but if you want to make sure that you get the photographer you want, then you want to make sure to book them right away.  Here’s a great checklist on Real Simple on wedding planning time lines.  Notice how the photograpehr is right up there with the venue?

So with that all said and not really sure if I ever came to my point so my point is, don’t wait!!  It’s your wedding day.  You want everything to be perfect!



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And now a little flashback to this gorgeous Boca Grande wedding!  I really need to get back down there for another wedding *hint*hint*

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