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Hiring a photographer for your destination wedding (How to)

So you don’t want to say the words “I do” in a church or in one of the typical places weddings are done. You and your partner have decided to have a destination wedding and all that’s left is figuring out how to hire the right person for the photography job and how much it’ll cost.

Well you’ve stumbled upon the right genie to ask for advice and help. Below are the list of things you should consider while planning a destination wedding with your better half.


All you need to know when planning a destination wedding

Pick a location

When choosing a location (destination) for the wedding, bear in mind that it is important that it has all the resources you need and that it is safe. While it might mean a lot to you or/and your spouse to get wedded in a particular location or place that means a lot to either or both of you, it’s also very important that the location is large enough to contain as many guests as you want to attend the wedding.

Pay a visit before the wedding

 It only makes sense for you to visit the selected venue/location for your wedding before the wedding day. Typically couples visit the venue several times before the day of the wedding just to make sure everything is in place and things pan out as planned.

Hire a professional wedding planner

You’re not just hiring a professional regular wedding planner for your destination wedding. You’ll have to hire one that specializes in destination weddings. This will save you and your partner a lot of stress as well as ensure that the details of the ceremony go as planned.

Set aside some money for unexpected expenses

While destination weddings are typically known to be budget-friendly, it is not so all the time. Expenses from unexpected events or unforeseen circumstances may accrue. So you’ll both be doing yourselves a favor by setting aside a small sum of money just in case.

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Consider where your guests will lodge

While it might not be your responsibility to secure lodgings for your guests, it says a lot if you check out good places and make lodging recommendations to your guests. Aside from showing your guests that you have their welfare in mind, by considering guests’ lodging, you’re also making sure your location is ideal so your guests can make it to your wedding cause if there’s no lodge nearby or no affordable lodge close to your venue it might cause some of your guests to miss the wedding.

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Hire a professional photographer

Okay, now that I’ve shared a list of some of the things you need to know when planning a destination wedding it’s time we delve into the main focus of this article; hiring a photographer for your destination wedding (how/who to hire and how much it might cost).

There are a few things you should consider when trying to hire a photographer for your destination wedding. First, you need to find someone who knows his/her stuff. This is a no-brainer. Whoever it is you’re hiring for the job should be someone who has experience in the field and someone who travels a lot. You can ask for the photographer’s past shoots so you can evaluate his/her skill.

Scout social media for a photographer

It’s a lot easier to find a photographer these days as the IThe Internet has made virtually everything easy. Especially accessing people as well as professional services in various fields.

Instagram is a good place to begin this search. Use hashtags like #destinationweddingphotographer to search for one. Go through a couple of posts till you find a photographer whose work you like.

Pinterest is also another online platform you can search for a destination wedding photographer as well as the style of wedding photography that suits you and your partner.

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You can find a photographer in your hometown

This is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to find a photographer for your destination wedding. You can ask your friends to recommend a professional photographer to you or simply go around looking for one. Whichever option you settle for, make sure you pick a photographer you can have a connection with and one who likes to travel.

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Find a photographer who can capture the moment

This is bonus advice. Find someone who can do more than just capture the poses. Someone who can capture the feelings. As we say in Andrew Overbey Photography “remember the experience, not how you were posed”. We at Andrew Overbey photography do more than just capture poses on your big day, we capture the feelings and experiences so you can always look at the pictures and remember vividly what that day was like.

Photographer cost for destination weddings

Well, there is no certain amount always charged for destination wedding photography. The price varies. But there is a rule of thumb that you can use to predetermine or estimate the cost. This common rule of thumb is: to add the typical cost of wedding photography (which ranges from $3000-$6000) to the cost of traveling to your particular destination. That way you can get a general idea of how much it’ll cost.

The price will be determined by who you hire for the job as well as the destination you choose for the wedding. Andrew Overbey photography provides quality services that are also affordable. And we are ready to travel and help immortalize your big day with excellent photography. We have a lot of our work on our website. It speaks for itself, take a look and see the richness in the quality we offer. Experience is something we can boast of as we have photographed a lot of weddings all over.

Final thoughts

A destination wedding is a unique way to celebrate your wedding. It is an extraordinary way to celebrate your big day. It doesn’t cost much and you can save the memories made on that day by taking good pictures. Andrew Overbey Photography is there to deliver a quality experience to you