So you have spent the time choosing the dress, beautiful venue, colours and of course sorted the flowers, what about the photographer ?
Firstly you need to decide what is right for you and the internet is a great place to search through the talented wedding photographers around, but wedding fairs do allow you to meet different wedding photographers seeing their style of photography and discussing their prices in person. In my opinion its best to try and settle for a timeless style, as some of the gimmicks used in modern photography will date quickly, and any digital software should only be used to enhance their photography, but shouldn't be relied upon.
It's a good idea to meet with the photographer before the big day so both of you can be comfortable with them, plus it gives you an opportunity to discuss the photographs you would like giving the photographer and you a plan for the shots required during the day, including the groups.
The photographs should be sharp and properly exposed, which can be challenging with a combination of a white dress and a dark suit. The equipment used should be top of the range, as this is one of the reasons for paying for a professional wedding photographer.
Then you need to decide how you would like the photographs supplied, and there is a trend now for a disc to be delivered and the couple can design their own wedding album. Otherwise an album can be produced by the photographer, who will use their creative skills to produce an album for you, as they have done before for other couples. Normally proofs of the photographs will be supplied allowing you to select the content for the album and any prints required, which can either be online or a physical book.
Now you are at the stage to discuss the actual price for your wedding photography, making sure there are no extra costs. Most photographers have standard packages that may suit you, but should also be able to tailor their product to your specific requirements.
Keep in mind that this is a one off occasion, these events can never be captured again, which makes it both challenging and satisfying for the photographer.