Probably one of the best parts of the wedding planning journey is choosing your photographer.

A good photographer is worth their weight in gold, trust us! You want to look back on your pictures for years to come, which is why it is hugely important to look around and find the perfect person for your day. If you’re on a tight budget and you have family members or friends offering to take your wedding pictures I completely understand however, is there another aspect in relation to your wedding, where you can save money enabling you to pay for a professional photographer?

Once you have a budget set for your wedding pictures, remember these are one of the few items you’ll have to show for your wedding in years to come, you need to do some research into the different photographers local to you.

Look through a photographer’s portfolio from previous weddings they’ve covered, to see the look and style of their work. Each photographer has a slightly different style and you need to choose the style that’s right for you as a couple. Once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two wedding photographers, give them a call to see if they’re available on the date of your wedding and before confirming anything, arrange to meet them in person.

When choosing your photographer not only do you need to pick someone with the style you’re looking for, you also need to choose someone who you’re both comfortable with, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with that person on the day of your wedding, so it’s important to get it right!

Having found the photographer you wish to go with make sure you’ve done some research into any ratings or testimonials they have. Do you know someone who used them for their wedding? Ask them what their thoughts were and how happy they were with the photographs after the wedding.

And as always… obtain a written quote and ask for their full terms and conditions, so you know exactly what deposit to pay and when, how much the total cost will be and what is included in your package.

Just remember… the cake is eaten, the flowers will die, but the wedding photos will last forever!