How to Hire a Photographer For Your Destination Wedding

January 17, 2024 | kailey

Hosting a local wedding not satisfying your wedding dreams? That’s okay. Maybe, like many others, you’re longing for a far-away celebration. Well, deciding on a destination wedding is the easy part. However, actually planning the wedding from a distance can be a bit more challenging–especially when it comes to finding the right photographer. It’s not as simple as meeting up at a coffee shop to see if you hit it off and then booking them right then and there. Your vendor search could turn into Zoom calls or late-night phone calls and a lot of trust. That’s why we’re here to help. 

If you and your partner are on the hunt for a destination wedding photographer, here’s how to find one in no time.

Tips on Hiring Your Destination Wedding Photographer

1. Decide On A Wedding Location

Before you can start your destination wedding photographer search, it’s essential to pinpoint the exact location where you want to tie the knot. This critical piece of information will guide you throughout the vendor search, whether you’re hiring a local photographer in that area or bringing in a photographer to capture your wedding in the chosen destination.

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2. Set A Realistic Budget 

Another important aspect to consider is your destination wedding budget. Before delving into your vendor search, sit down with your partner to discuss your overall budget. Determine how much you’re willing to spend in each major wedding category. Once you’ve set a realistic budget and chosen your location, you’re ready to kick off the search.

Images by Candice Marie.

3. Do Your Research 

With all the free and helpful tools at your disposal, hunting down wedding photographers around the world has never been easier. However, photographers will inevitably vary in prices, offered packages, photography styles, and more. This is why thorough research is essential. You can dive into Instagram, utilizing hashtags like #destinationweddingphotographer and location-specific ones, such as #italyweddingphotographers or #romeweddingphotographers. 

If you prefer to save yourself the fuss of endlessly scrolling, you can also explore our vendor directory. Here, you’ll find a list of highly vetted photographers from all over the world, ensuring a perfect match for your big day–no matter where you choose to say “I do.”

4. Ask Your Wedding Planner For Advice 

Planning a wedding from a distance can be challenging, especially alone. That’s why we always recommend for couples planning a destination wedding to enlist the help of local vendors. These professionals are familiar with the area and can provide valuable insights and recommendations during your planning journey.  

Image by Mariana Pierce

5. Hire Your Destination Wedding Photographer 

Many photographers brand themselves as a “destination wedding photographer.” These are professionals accustomed to traveling for their work. So, if you’ve found your dream wedding photographer, but they’re not located in your chosen destination, this is good news for you. They may still be open to traveling to your location, depending on their availability.

Keep in mind that this option can be more expensive. Typically, you’ll be responsible for additional expenses, such as transportation and accommodation, on top of their standard fees. However, if you’ve found the photographer, these extra costs might be a compromise you’re willing to make.

6. Consider A Local Wedding Photographer 

Is covering those unexpected expenses outside your budget? No worries! Consider opting for a local wedding photographer, one already familiar with the area where you’ll be tying the knot. In addition to potentially saving you money, this choice offers other benefits as well. A photographer well-acquainted with your wedding destination can assist with venue recommendations, necessary permits, marriage license questions, and more. Plus, they likely have experience at your chosen venue or elopement location, giving you an extra sense of security. 

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Looking for destination wedding photographer ideas? You’re just one click away from hundreds of trusted photographers located around the world. Whether you’re envisioning a tropical wedding in Mexico or a Scottish soiree, our vendor directory features hand-selected photographers from all corners of the globe.

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