The Ideal Wedding Photography Timeline / by Melanie Grizzel

  Ideal Photography Timeline


A photography timeline is fluid, but the priority of the photographer is not. Finding a photographer should be one of the first things on the wedding planning “To Do” list. Why? Well, a few reasons:

  • Is there a photographer you REALLY want to work with? Chances are, so does someone else. Photographer schedules fill up fast! You want to be sure to secure your date ASAP so you don’t miss out.
  • Are you being realistic with your photography budget? You’ll find out pretty quickly the ball park you should be playing in. Each photographer’s pricing and packages are different, but you’ll get a sense of how much of your wedding budget you should allocate towards photography.
  • Do you want the whole kit and caboodle - Engagement photos, Bridal portraits, Budoir session and Wedding coverage? Try to use the same photographer for it all. Working together before the wedding, if only on engagement photos, allows for the photographer to get to know you and your significant other. Building a relationship and being comfortable with your photographer is key because, well, you want to like the person who will be capturing one of the most important days of your life, right?
  • Do you plan to use an engagement photo for your Save the Dates or a Bridal portrait to adorn the guest sign-in? Be sure to schedule those shoots accordingly! It takes time to edit and process photos. Check with your photographer to see how long their production time is so you can plan ahead.

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