5 Things To Know When Inquiring About Wedding Photography
Planning a wedding is an exciting journey filled with countless choices. If you are reading this article, I am thrilled that you’re considering us as your wedding photographer, and we genuinely appreciate your interest. I hope you consider inquiring with me about your photography needs!
I need to know a few essential things to ensure I can best meet your needs and provide you with the service you deserve. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, detailed inquiries are very helpful. When I get an inquiry with lots of details, I get a better feel for the couple, their plans, and their goals. That way, I can offer tailored pricing information to fit their needs when I respond.
Your wedding day is a unique and beautiful story waiting to be told, and I’m here to help make it truly magical. Here are a few details I will need to communicate effectively about your wedding photography needs.
1. What Is Your Wedding Date?
I live and die by my calendar, and once a wedding date has been booked…it’s booked. My first question for any wedding inquiry is, when is your wedding date? I often book my schedule months, and sometimes even years, in advance (especially in the Fall months). Knowing your wedding date allows me to check my availability quickly and respond appropriately!
2. Where Are You Getting Married?
What is your wedding ceremony and wedding reception venue? There are many logistics when planning a wedding, which are the same for photographers. I consider travel time to and from the venue and between ceremony and reception locations. Knowing these logistics allows me to provide a more detailed pricing quote (such as hours needed and any travel or permit fees).
3. What is Your Guest Count?
Are you considering an elopement ($1800+), micro wedding ($2400+), or traditional wedding ($3150+)? How many people will be at your wedding? The size of your guest list can significantly impact the scope of photography coverage needed and, therefore, detail the cost of the wedding photography package. A smaller, more intimate wedding may require less coverage than a larger event with many guests.
Further, knowing the guest count helps me understand the scale of the services. I may need additional equipment or a second shooter to ensure comprehensive coverage. For example, will you need wedding party photos or large family group shots?
4. How Much Coverage Do You Want?
How long do you want me to be at your wedding? Do you want photos taken during the bridal preparations? How about the guys getting ready, too? Do you want me to stay only until the dance floor opens, or do you want photography coverage to the sparkler exit?
The duration of photography coverage often impacts the cost. Knowing how long you need me for your wedding, you can select a package or pricing structure that fits your budget. This prevents overpaying for services you won’t use or underestimating the time needed and, therefore, missing important moments.
5. What Are Your Wedding Ideas or Goals?
Tell me about yourself, your fiance, and your goals for your wedding day! Seriously. TELL. ME. Being excited about getting married is what it’s all about. Whether you want an elopement in the Smokies or a banger of a wedding in Knoxville, having an idea about your wedding day vibe is a great way to start a conversation.
I had spreadsheets upon spreadsheets when I got married. Seriously, the wedding world was hard on my type-A brain. I’m just happy that Pinterest wasn’t around! Ha!
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