Congratulations- you’re engaged! As soon as that very carefully selected ring hits your finger, the excitement overtakes you both, and you can’t help sharing the news with everyone. Surprise visits to your parents’ houses are in order. Phone calls to grandmas and grandpas are made. Mass texts or emails to friends are sent. Facebook statuses and profile pictures are changed- all the really important stuff. Beginning the next day or perhaps later that same day (for the bride at least), you delve into the wonderful world of wedding planning. As early as one day in, you may even begin to feel overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made and options available for all those important and intricate details of your special day.

While I cannot claim to be an expert on assisting you with the best cake to choose, or the dress silhouette best for your body type, I can speak to a topic that I know will play a big part of your day- the wedding photography.

Here are the top 10 things I advise couples to consider when choosing the right photographer for them.

1. The Importance of Photography on the Wedding Day

First and foremost, you need to decide how important photography is on your wedding day. Some couples find photography a very low priority, and simply rely on those in attendance to capture pictures, or get a family friend to do it for cheap or free.  While I can’t argue that free isn’t fabulous, I can tell you of a number of conversations I’ve had with people who got “Uncle Garry” or friend Joe to do their photos because they had a fancy camera, and how disappointed they were with the result.  While fancy cameras are indeed impressive, they can be overwhelming if the owner doesn’t know what to do with them, which may not result in the photos you’re hoping for.

If you decide that photography is one of your top priorities, the amount you can pay for a photographer can vary from $50 to $15,000 – which is, obviously, a huge range to choose from.  There are a number of factors that play into the cost of your photographer- how much of your wedding day is captured, quality of products, education and experience, the number of photographers included- a LOT comes into play!

Tune in over the next 9 days as we delve into the other points you should look for when considering a wedding photographer.