How far in advance should you book your photographer?

You have been organising your wedding for a few months now, the ceremony and reception are booked; your attention now moves to booking your photographer.  You have had your heart set on who it will be for years as you have been passing their studio on the bus as you go to work.  You email the studio, OMG!  They are booked out!

Did you now that unlike wedding photographers, ceremony venues, priests, reception venues, bridal designers, florists, cake makers and marriage celebrants are all able to offer their services to multiple brides and grooms on any given wedding day?

Your photographer will be with just you on your wedding day, no one else.

So just how far in advance should you book your photographer?

To avoid disappointment, start as soon as you begin organising your wedding.  Choose your photographer at the same time as selecting your wedding ceremony and reception venues.  Phone your wedding venue, reception venue and preferred photographer to check availability on your proposed date before confirming your bookings.  When all are free on the same date, confirm the bookings.

Photographers find that popular wedding months (which in Brisbane is everything but summer) can book out over twelve months in advance.

Having said that, you may be lucky with short term planning; the photographer you want may have an opening on your date.