With all the planning that goes into your wedding, documenting it correctly is one of the most important things that you will have to do in planning your wedding. You want to ensure that when looking back at your wedding album several years down the road it will capture the moment in all its splendid wonder of what the occasion truly was. That is why choosing the correct photographer that suits not just your budget but also your style is very important.

1. Choosing the Right Person

Choosing the right photographer is almost like choosing the right partner, after all this is the person who will be capturing the most important day of your life through his or her lenses. It may surprise you, but there are couples who actually hire a photographer without first going through a portrait of his or her work first. Needless to say review the work done by the photographer. Ensure that you are meeting with the actual person who will be doing your wedding. Observe his or her style and determine if you like it, Ask questions about the photographs and discuss with the photographer ones you like and the ones you don't like. Your goal is to get a feel of who this person is and ensuring that you understand him or her and most importantly the photographer understands your needs. It is extremely important for your photographer to be professional in all respects. Does he or she dress professionally, personality wise it is good to have a photographer who is a people person and also punctual and knows his or her way to the venue and around the venue of the wedding.

2. Wedding Director or Wedding Photographer?

It is always wise to listen to advice especially good advice. Most photographers have done several wedding and know a few dos' and don'ts as far as wedding photography is concern. However bear in mind that not all professional photographers are professional wedding organizers. For example if your photographer makes a suggestion due to adverse lighting you would expect that they who has done several other weddings know what they are talking about. Listen to suggestions and always ask for your photographers' opinion. Leave all the photo technicalities such as lighting, film and so forth to the professional. In the final analysis you will make the final decisions and nobody knows what you want more than you.

3. A Plan of Pictures

After choosing the correct photographer through getting to know him or her and your photographer getting to know you, your next step is drawing out a plan of pictures. This is when you meet with your photographer to discuss when and where your pictures will be taken. Know what you want and how you want it. Although I will encourage you to be specific about what you want, do not lay down too many rules. Keep in mind that your photographer is an artist and needs creative freedom to bring out the best when capturing the occasion.

4. Time is Money

In this case the saying, "time is money" could not be truer. It can be very difficult to determine a final price for your wedding pictures especially because there are so many variables that may affect the price including time. Many photographers are paid based on not just time, but overtime. Therefore bear in mind that the longer the wedding the more you might be paying for photography. Make a determination with your photographer the cost based on how long you expect your wedding to be. There is a wide pool of individual photographers and companies to choose from. There are many packages around. Spend your time to find the great deals as it will pay off handsomely. You would be surprise at the variations in price and packages in many locations. Although you should shop around for a reasonable price, never discount quality for mediocrity. Tip number one in choosing the right person should never be over looked in the final analysis.

5. Uncle Blake's Tapes

We have all seen the not so great tapes of a family members' wedding that was done by another relative or friend. There is a growing trend for couples to have their wedding video taped. Professionally of course. There is a growing list of professionals who will videotape your wedding for a reasonable price. Over the years the quality has improved dramatically, with digital picture and sound. These videos are then edited in a studio where graphics and other effects are added. In almost all cases the end product is produce on a DVD capturing all the special moments live and in color. Having your wedding videotaped in most cases will cost you much less compared to photography. You can also decide to have a mixture of both videotape and still photos. With the mixture of the two you can limit the length of time you will need the photographer who will only take the most essential moments and have the rest videotaped.

Till Death do us Part

In the end your goal is have a wedding album that captures the essence of the occasion in all its glory. These will be the final testament for all to see including your children and grandchildren.