Yay, you’re engaged! After the initial excitement of sharing the news about your engagement with friends and family, it’s time to start planning. There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding and knowing where to start can be stressful. Working with a wedding planner is a huge. But they won’t be able to help you do much until you determine the time of year you want to get married.
Here are three simple steps I recommend couples use to decide their wedding date.
- Determine what season you want to have your wedding.
- Decide on a month of that season.
- Select a tentative date.
Brides Tip: Look at your calendar and to see what’s scheduled that can’t be changed. Think about holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other events that might affect people’s ability to come to your wedding.
Instead of selecting an exact date, I recommend couples’ decide on a tentative wedding date. Oftentimes, wedding photographers and venues (the two most important vendors!) book a year or more in advance. Being flexible with your date means there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll be able to book the wedding vendors of your choice.
How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
Once you have a date in mind, it’s time to choose your wedding photographer. Finding your photographer is an important decision. At the end of the day, your photos are what you’ll display in your home and share with your grandkids. It’s a reminder of those cherished memories from your special day.
But how do you know which wedding photographer is right for you? Lily of Jieru Photography, knows a thing or two about helping couples navigate the world of wedding photography. Today on the blog she’s sharing her top tips for how to choose your perfect wedding photographer.
Determine what photography style you want.
Some couples know they want light and airy photos. Others want photos that are more vibrant. As a bride, it can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what style you want or aren’t familiar with the terms. Remember, it’s okay to ask the photographer how they would describe their style! Here are a few common photography styles a photographer might use to describe their work:
- Film photography
- Natural light photography
- Fine Art photography
- Portrait photography
You want the style to reflect who you are as a couple. If you feel like either of you might feel awkward in front of the camera, ask how they’d help make your feel more comfortable. See if they have a posing guide to share with you. That way you won’t end up with photos that feel too posed for you.
Brides Tip: Ask to see a full wedding album. After seeing the photos, ask yourself if you would be excited to post the photos and hang them up in your home.
Ask yourself what kind of experience you want to have.
Your wedding day is a special day that you’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It’s crucial that you trust your photographer and know that they understand your vision. You want to be confident in their abilities, whether that means shooting in the rain or making the most of your venue lighting.
I believe that a wedding photography is more than a service. It’s an experience. Taking time to understand my couples and their relationship is an essential step in my process. Knowing what’s important to them allows me to capture the memories that reflect their relationship.
Understand what’s includes in their pricing.
A wedding photographer’s job includes more than shooting on the wedding day. While that’s a big portion of what a photographer is hired to do, most of the work happens after the wedding. Before delivering photos to a client, the photos have to be sorted, edited, and resized. This takes time and clients aren’t often aware of what happens behind the scenes.
Don’t be afraid to ask them detailed questions about their services. Here are a few questions you can ask your wedding photographer:
What’s included in your standard package?
Is there a fee for getting the negatives or digital images?
Will you be the photographer at my wedding?
How will my photos be delivered?
Do you charge an additional fee for retouching, color adjusting or other corrective services?
Preserve the memory of your wedding investments.
When it comes to weddings, the little details do matter. You’ve spent months planning everything from the invitations to the florals and you want to remember those things. Investing in a wedding photographer to beautifully photograph those details allows you to enjoy the result of your hard work for years to come.
Do your homework: read their reviews.
Wedding photography is an investment. Reading reviews gives you a different perspective on what it’s like to work with that wedding photographer. They offer insight into whether or not the investment is worth it. Look for reviews that talk about how well they worked with other vendors or how the clients felt on their wedding day. Or ask them if they have any past clients you can reach out to directly.
Lily, thank you so much for sharing your insight about choosing your perfect wedding photographer.
Your Perfect Wedding Photographer
When selecting your wedding photographer, it’s important that their style matches with your wedding day vision. Take the time to understand what’s included in their pricing and make sure it works with your wedding budget. If you don’t like something about their process or style, it’s okay to say no.
You want to be sure they’ll be able to bring your personalities and wedding vision to life through their photos. No matter who you choose as your wedding photographer, you want to feel confident in your decision!
All photos courtesy of Jieru Photography