Find a top-notch photographer for your big day with ease. From coast to coast, we're sharing some of our favorite vendors, plus tips to help you find the pro who's right for your day.

December 12, 2019
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Once you choose your wedding venue, you'll want to swiftly turn your attention to hiring a photographer to document your big day. For most couples, this is one of the earliest to-dos to check off their lists, and it's also one of the most important. After all, what's the point of spending time and money on details like flowers, your wedding dress, and paper goods if you don't have a great photographer there to capture it all? Furthermore, this is the professional vendor who's tasked with creating what will inevitably become treasured family heirlooms—snapshots of your first look and ceremony, portraits post-ceremony, and composed family photographs are things you'll back on for years to come.

That's why hiring a photographer for your wedding is something that shouldn't be done without careful consideration. But with so many photographers and so many photography styles to choose from, how can a couple be sure they're booking the right professional for them? We're firm believers in getting word-of-mouth references. Whether you hear it from a friend, family member, another vendor, or—yes—your favorite wedding magazine, knowing that the photographer you're thinking about comes highly recommended from someone you trust is paramount. And that's where we come in. Whether you're in New York or California, Florida or Illinois, we want to help you choose a photographer whose work you'll love. To that end, we've created lists that include photographers we love in four geographic locations as well as those who consider two coasts home. (Browse our lists by clicking the links above!)

Once you find someone who's work you think you love, one of the most important things you can do is schedule in-person or phone consultation with each pro you're seriously considering. It's important to get a feel for their personality and whether or not it clicks with yours—don't forget, this is the person you'll like spend the most time with on your wedding day.

One important thing to note no matter where you live: It's becoming increasingly more common for photographers to travel for weddings, so if there's someone you love who isn't in your region, don't immediately count them out. And if the photographer you're considering isn't on this list, that doesn't mean they're not the right fit for your day. Talk to them, ask for references, and review their portfolio. If you connect with them and their work, there's a very good change they're the right professional for you.

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