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6 months


The Wedding Photographer's Timeline: how to plan your shoots - 6 months

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Firm up the booking
The bride and groom don’t need to decide on exactly what package they want at this stage, but it’s good for them as well as for you to get a firm booking arranged, usually six months or more before the wedding day.

You should expect to take a sizeable deposit, often of around 50 per cent of the total fee at this stage, and you and your clients should sign copies of a printed contract.

If the wedding is cancelled later on, refunds are generally available on a sliding scale, decreasing with closeness to the wedding day, which should be laid out in your terms and conditions.

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