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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Spear

The Ultimate 9-Months-to-Go Wedding Checklist: A Photographer's Perspective


As a seasoned wedding photographer based in the picturesque city of Chester, UK, I've had the privilege of capturing countless love stories unfold amidst the backdrop of historic venues and breathtaking landscapes. With just six months left until your big day, now is the perfect time to ensure everything is on track for a seamless and unforgettable celebration. To help you navigate this exciting journey, I've put together a comprehensive checklist tailored to the needs of couples preparing to tie the knot in Chester and beyond.

1. Confirm Your Photography Team:

2. Finalize Your Wedding Timeline:

  • Work closely with your photographer and planner to create a detailed timeline for the day.

  • Allocate sufficient time for getting ready, ceremony, photoshoots, and reception festivities.

  • Consider factors such as sunset times for optimal lighting during outdoor sessions.

3. Coordinate with Vendors:

  • Touch base with all vendors to confirm bookings and finalize details.

  • Share vendor contacts with your photographer for seamless communication on the day.

  • Discuss any specific photography requirements with your florist, decorator, and caterer.

4. Curate Your Shot List:

  • Collaborate with your photographer to create a personalized shot list.

  • Include must-have shots, family portraits, and any special moments you want captured.

  • Don't forget to share details about your venue and any unique features you'd like highlighted.

5. Finalize Bridal Look:

  • Schedule hair and makeup trials to perfect your bridal look.

  • Coordinate timing with your photographer to capture behind-the-scenes moments of your preparations.

  • Consider incorporating meaningful accessories or heirlooms for added sentimentality.

6. Visit Your Venue(s):

  • Arrange visits to your ceremony and reception venues to familiarize yourself with the layout.

  • Take note of lighting conditions and potential photo locations for your photographer.

  • Discuss any venue-specific rules or restrictions with your photography team.

7. Order Wedding Stationery:

  • Choose and order your wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and other stationery items.

  • Opt for designs that reflect your wedding theme and personal style.

  • Consider including engagement photos for a personalized touch.

8. Plan Pre-Wedding Events:

  • Organize pre-wedding celebrations such as bridal showers, stag or hen parties, and rehearsal dinners.

  • Inform your photographer of any events you'd like covered for a comprehensive documentation of your journey.

9. Review and Relax: - Take some time to review your wedding plans and ensure everything is falling into place. - Trust in the expertise of your photographer and other vendors to bring your vision to life. - Most importantly, take moments to relax and enjoy this special time with your partner.

With this checklist in hand, you're well-equipped to tackle the next six months with confidence and excitement. Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of your unique love story, and I'm honored to be a part of it. If you have any questions or need further guidance along the way, don't hesitate to reach out. Here's to creating timeless memories together in Chester's enchanting backdrop!

Warm regards, [Your Name] Chester Wedding Photographer

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