I love pictures: taking them, printing them, scrapbooking them, and sharing them. Still images of moments in your life are essential. When considering a photographer for our wedding Mr. Collier and I knew how important a good photographer is but we also knew that we couldn't afford more than 5% of our budget to pay a photographer for the day.
Referring back to a previous post, I want to reinforce the fact that the decision on a photographer is one of utmost priority. Getting along and feeling comfortable with our vendor is incredibly important but out of all the fantastic photographers, who do you choose?
I started by making a list. I "googled" and searched for local photographers in Nashville as well as skimmed Premier Bridal Magazine or the Enchanted Bridal Magazine. I looked at recommendations from venues, caterers, dj's and even florists (if you bundle you might get a wicked discount). Staying organized is the key to success in this endeavor, really like any in the wedding planning process. I kept my information stored within a spreadsheet similar to the one below. Feel free to utilize this one as a template for your own.
After gathering all of the information in one place, Mr. Collier and I began analyzing the options. Which photographer had the best bang for the buck? Which photographers could we see ourselves working with? When a photographer didn't make the cut for whatever reason I just crossed them off by darkening the row on my spreadsheet.
I recommend using GoogleDocs and separating vendors by tab. That way, no matter where you are as long as you have the internet you will have your wedding documents handy.