My Wedding Planning Secret | Dakota Chasity Photography


Did you know that there is actually a strategy to planning your wedding? Heck yeah, there is!

How would you feel if you spent thousands of dollars for your wedding day, but when you got your wedding pictures back, you end up feeling disappointed that things didn’t look like you thought they would or that you didn’t get pictures/enough pictures of something that was important to you?

Believe it or not, it happens. That can be for two reasons:

1. You hired a not-so-great photographer (this is a whole different topic in itself).

2. You hired a great photographer, but they weren’t dealt the best hand.

I’m going to be focusing on #2.

Unfortunately, I have shot weddings in the past that didn’t have the most ideal circumstances to work with that might have been prevented during the early stages of wedding planning.

When you are planning a wedding, there about a million things you know need to be executed. So you make/print your list & start checking things off as soon as you can. BUT, how you tackle this list is important too!

Why? Because the order you book you vendors can save you a lot of money, time, & stress.

I’m going to tell you a huge planning secret.

Book your planner/coordinator & photographer FIRST.

Planners/Coordinators - they take a ton of stress out of planning your day. That’s their job, duh! They are great at casting vision for couples, helping them figure out what is going to work/not work for their budget, style, etc. They work to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to timelines. They are literally a photographer’s hero! Without them, photographers essentially play this part on a wedding day too, which can be incredibly stressful & keep your photographer from being able to do their best work.

Photographers - we spend a lot of time working on wedding timelines for our clients. One, we want to make sure that you guys get to enjoy one of the best days of your life. Two, we want insure that the stage is set for us to tell your story. We need to draft up your initial timeline. Every photographer works differently & needs room to create & capture the stuff that’s important to you.

Photographers + Planner/Coordinators - introduce your planner/coordinator & photographer right off the bat. Let them establish a good relationship & a good line of communication. They will work together to make sure the magic happens. If you hire your planner/coordinator first, put a hold on the timeline until they can talk to your photographer.

Example: A couple has already booked everything for their wedding but a photographer. They hire their photographer. The photographer puts together a timeline for the wedding & sends it to the couple. The couple emails the photographer back saying that the timeline they already have doesn’t line up with that. There are things that can’t be changed. Save the dates/ invites have already been sent out, and deposits have been paid/contracts have been signed for those vendors. The wedding day comes & the photographer is working with terrible lighting, a crazy schedule, & feeling like they could have given their client so much more!

I know you are probably laughing at me, but I am being 100% serious. This happens more often than you know. I can hear the “amen” from the photographers in the back already. My goal in writing this is not to put blame or even responsibility on one party, but to tell you that it really does take teamwork to make the dream work. If you are getting hitched soon, I promise you won’t regret doing this. Book your planner/coordinator & photographer first so that when you look back your on wedding day, you have zero regrets & beautiful pictures to prove it.

XO, Dakota