You’ve got the ring and set a date! The time is FINALLY here to start planning your wedding day! It is such an exciting time in your life and there are SO many things to consider during the planning process. We know it can all seem a bit daunting if you’re planning your own wedding. Of course your venue, dress, decor, and most importantly of all, your wedding photographer! Your photographer is one of the MOST important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. We want to share with all you beautiful brides out there some things to consider to help you make the choice.

1. Don’t sacrifice quality for price

For such an important day, you want to be absolutely sure that you can trust your photographer to capture every shot you want. These are the pictures that your family will cherish for decades, so this is not the time to pinch pennies. This is why the median cost for a professional wedding photographer is $2,000-$10,000. Now we understand that this price may seem high, but this truly about how much you should budget for quality photos. Remember you can always cut costs in other areas such as DIY decor (another blog idea). But the last thing you want is to look back on the photos of your big day and feel like something is missing. You, and your wedding, is worth more than that! At the end of the day, we assure you, the price is worth it!

2. Make sure your styles sync

Part of what makes the art of wedding photography so beautiful is that each photographer is unique. It is important to understand what style you prefer and the type of photos you want. Do you prefer portraits, or candids? How do you feel about nature vs indoor settings? Some main styles include moody, fully film, or even hybrid of film and digital! Don’t forget to think about how you might want to display your wedding photo album. Your wedding album design should align at least in some way with the photography. Every photographer has their own style, so it’s important to study their work to see if it fits your own personal vision. We suggest using Pinterest to combine examples of photos you like into a wedding board. This will help you notice the trend and overall style that you like. Then you can compare that to the photos on your photographer’s portfolio. Don’t be afraid to take some time on this step and communicate with your photographer to make sure you are both on the same page about what you want. No detail is too small on your wedding day!

3. Don’t overlook personality

Of course the photos are important, but don’t forget that personality is equally as important! This is something that many brides tend not to give much thought, but this could have a huge impact on how you end up looking back on the day. Think about it, your photographer is will be by your side from start to finish! Because of this, they have a decent amount of influence on how smooth, or stressful your day turns out. We suggest meeting face to face before booking your photographer, if possible, to get a feel for how your personalities mesh. If you don’t vibe, don’t feel discouraged! As with dating, it may take a few tries to find your perfect match. Just keep searching out there for someone who will help make your big day turn out as perfectly as possible.

Although there is so much to consider, we hope this helps get you started. Remember to take your time with this choice and really communicate with your photographer. We cannot stress this enough! Most of all, follow your gut. Just like with your partner, you’ll know when you’ve found the one. Happy planning!