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When does engagement season begin?

Eric Guel , Aug 14, 2012; 11:34 a.m.

Do you all think I'd be correct in assuming that engagement season begins in the fall, and that many brides will be "shopping" for photographers for the summer of 2013 in late fall/winter/early spring?

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Green Photog , Aug 14, 2012; 12:39 p.m.

I guess there's no one answer to your question. I booked most of the 2012 weddings in the fall of 2011 (after September) up to until Feb. 2012. For inquries more than 12 months out, I found there to be a lot of tire kickers as they still have time on their hand.

Vail Fucci , Aug 14, 2012; 09:43 p.m.

I'm already half booked for 2013 summer. Engagement length is getting longer and longer these days. But will I get bookings for 2013 summer in March right after valentines, yes it's possible too. The higher budget weddings tend to book much further in advance though.

David Haas , Aug 14, 2012; 10:11 p.m.

I don't think it ever stops.... Engagements and weddings happen 12 months a year now...

I do agree that brides / couples who are looking further out, usually are kicking the tires. They start to get real serious about 9 months out.

Dave

Alex DC , Aug 17, 2012; 03:42 p.m.

I live and work in New England, where the wedding season generally runs from May-October. I'm almost half-booked for next year already. I suppose if you live in a warmer climate that there isn't really a true 'wedding season', but lots of couples I work with are reluctant to have winter weddings due to the many issues that snowstorms bring to travel. That said, I have one December wedding booked for this year, but I don't have them very often.

Karma Hill , Aug 23, 2012; 03:39 a.m.

For us bookings really seem to ramp up 1 -2 months directly after Christmas and New Years. I agree with David, engagements are really happening all the time now.

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