There's a lot to be overwhelmed by when it comes to wedding planning, and those of us who work in the wedding industry understand exactly how you feel: stressed, overwhelmed, crazed, and a little bit sleepy—you'll stay up more than a few nights planning that seating chart.
You have a million questions about wedding planning, but let me take this one off your plate: "When should I book my photographer?"
Soon! Yes, really soon. Like, 9-12 months before your wedding date, soon. Let's back up a bit. When you book your wedding vendors, the first thing they'll ask you is your wedding date. Of all the choices you have to make for your wedding, start there: Picking your wedding date is priority No. 1.
From there, your second step is to choose a planner, who will help you organize everything else. From there, you'll nail down your photographer and your wedding venue.
Yes, 9 or even 12 months out seems really early, but in wedding planning terms, you're right on time. We book early and often, so our weekends fill up fast, and there are only so many to go around.
If you have any burning whys of your wedding day, send them to me! My "wedding why" series is here to answer them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Qs or to inquire about my 2018 wedding dates (it's already that time of year!).