What is your budget?
A rough figure is fine to start off with and it helps to have a bit of flexibility. Be practical, wedding photography is one of the bigger costs to a wedding, don’t underestimate the cost of a photographer.
Do you want to have the full day photographed?
When a photographer says ‘the full day’ we mean covering the bride getting ready up to the first dance (or a little after). Decide if you want photos with your bridesmaids or close friends while you get ready in the morning, would you like to document special moments before the ceremony like your dad seeing you in your dress for the first time.
If not then what elements of your day do you want photographed?
If the bridal prep isn’t for you then have a think about when you would like the photography to start. Would you like photos of your guests arriving for the ceremony? You may love the idea of the bridal prep photos but are having a small and low key reception so don’t want the photography to go on into the night.
Would you like a wedding album?
Like me, most photographers will offer the option to order an album after the wedding so there isn’t pressure to make a decision before hand if you’re not ready to. Having said this if you know you would definitely like one you could be saving a bit of money by ordering it with your package. If you want an album it’s definitely worth budgeting for one at the beginning.
Would you like to have two photographers on the day?
If you like the idea of capturing yourself and your partner getting ready on the morning of your wedding and want lots of beautiful photos from different angles throughout the day than a second photographer is a great addition. I have a small number of lovely photographers I call on to work with me when couples request a second shooter and they are all full time wedding photographers.