Book 'em fast
Hire your photographer as soon as you've decided on your ceremony and reception site. Popular ones are booked up to a year in advance.
Plan, research, and share ideas
Turn to bridal magazines and visit Brides.com to find styles of photography that you like. Get recommendations from friends and brides in your area or chat with fellow brides in our message boards.
Learn what videographers are doing now
Choose from a variety of videography options including a documentary-style video of your wedding story—from engagement to honeymoon. Videographers can also create a "How We Met" montage by pulling together old photographs and interviews with the engaged couple and family and friends. Couples are opting to create "Save the Date" video invitations, alerting guests to the upcoming nuptials while providing a preview of what’s to come. Live webcasting now lets couples "broadcast" their special day online so those who could not attend the wedding get to participate in the festivities, virtually.
Once you've gotten referrals, narrow your list to three photographers and meet with each one in person. Ask to see his or her portfolio. If your request is denied, move on—that's a red flag.
If you are working with a studio, look at the work of several of their freelancers. Voice your preferences about who you want to work with, and move on if the photographer you're interviewing resists.
Make sure the photographer has experience shooting the style you're after. Bring examples of styles you like. He or she should also have shot in the conditions in which you'll be marrying, like beach ceremonies or dimly lit receptions.
If you don't know someone who has worked with the photographer before, ask for references. If your request is denied, move on—that's another red flag.
Choose someone that you're comfortable with; the last thing that any bride wants on her wedding day is a photographer who yells at the wedding party or makes crude jokes.