Since starting Fab You Bliss, my intent has always been to provide inspiration – to give couples, fashionistas, and newlyweds ideas for their wedding, wardrobe and/or lifestyle.
Here, I generally hope you enjoy browsing through the hundreds of weddings and shoots I feature to gain inspiration for your special day. And, Fab You Bliss can also help you find a wide range of vendors to work with to make your dream day come to life.
But just last week my eldest niece got engaged. YAY! Congratulations again Caitlyn and Nolan! This is such an exciting time for the two of you.
And since I happily offered to lend my advice, counsel, eye, experience, and wealth of knowledge on the topic of weddings, I thought I’d start a series, (from my perspective through helping plan their wedding), of some things that go into making a wedding come to life.
Sounds fun, huh?
The first few things most couples do after getting engaged are, (1) set a budget, (2) pick a date, and (3) secure a location. Once these have been established, the fun, nitty-gritty planning begins. And in my opinion, the next most important step is finding your perfect photographer.
As a former wedding photographer, I have a lot to say on this topic. Some in the wedding planning business might disagree with me, but I think the most important vendor you will hire, and one you should secure early on, is your photographer. Here’s why:
Good photographers book up quickly. So in my opinion, once you secure your date and location, you should be on the hunt for your photographer. This is especially important if your wedding date is inside a year. And even more so if you’ve chosen a high season date. High season is May through September, in most parts of the country.
I know quite a few good photographers who book so quickly, within the year and sometimes further out, it’s hard to find a date they have available. Then again, some photographers won’t book out further than a year, so it’s important to do your research early on.
And in some cases, you might have to set your wedding date based on the availability of the photographer you want.
Also, your photographer will be the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day. From start to finish, they will be with you every step of the way. Because of this, you want to make sure they’re the right fit for you.
Does their personality mesh with yours? Can you see them working well with your wedding party and family? Do they understand the vision you have for your wedding? These questions are important to answer when interviewing your potential photographers. So be sure they’re the right fit.
Once you have the above items checked off and you come to the photographer’s price, please don’t get discouraged. Yes, wedding photography can be expensive, but know this – photographers are not randomly charging exorbitant fees because they think they can.
There is so much that goes into shooting a wedding that most people wouldn’t even want to know the specifics. But I will say this, photographing weddings was one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever done. And while it was absolutely rewarding to capture such special moments, the physical and mental drain was sometimes overwhelming.
So don’t be fooled, photographers are generally earning every penny with blood, sweat and tears. They just look like they’re having a great time doing it. And that’s why you hire them.
With this in mind, and the fact that it takes a lot of education, practice, artistic vision and time to really know what you’re doing as a professional wedding photographer, I would think it would be a no-brainer to realize that good wedding photography isn’t cheap.
Those who don’t understand this, don’t really respect the craft of good photography.
So what I’m saying is this: Don’t listen to the many resources out there that say you need to reserve a certain percentage of your budget for your photographer. Instead, simply hire the best wedding photographer you can afford.
And if that means you end up spending half of your budget on your photographer, do whatever you have to do to MAKE it happen. I promise you won’t be sorry.
Because in the end – in the days, months, and years after your wedding – your memories and your photography will be what you have to remember your special day.
And shouldn’t both best the very best?
Thanks for stopping by!
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Thank you to Just For You Photography for sending over the lovely shoot above. This shoot was designed to show how glamorous can be simple and rustic as well.