Decide on your style. Check out as many wedding photos as you can -- look online, in magazines, blogs, or check out your friend's album. You want to familiarize yourself with the many photo styles available: candid photojournalism, formal portraits, black-and-white, color and sepia prints. Try to determine which styles intrigue you and which you want to see in your own wedding album. You want your photographer to shine in the style you love most.
Video. While many brides choose not to hire a videographer, you should really think about if you'll want one. It may be a true treasure for you to have such important moments with such important people on permanent record.
Create a budget. Ask yourself this vital question: In 'the grand scheme of things' how important is it for you to have fantastic wedding photos? Many fantasy weddings have photo budgets of $15,000+, while most "regular folks" spend between $1,500 to $4,000 in photos. Yes, that's a significant portion of any wedding budget, but the trade-off is a beautiful visual record that will last forever and increase in sentimental value as time goes by.
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