Ask The Experts – How To Choose A Destination Wedding Photographer

05/06/2014 | 0

Alex and Lisa Riad El Fenn (70)


When you’re getting married abroad, knowledge is power as you’re stepping slightly into the unknown! So, wouldn’t it be great to get some expert advice and helpful hints from knowledgable peeps within the wedding industry? This is especially true when it comes to booking vendors for your destination wedding.


Bohemian weddings are on hand today with guidance on things to consider along with some top tips on how to choose a destination wedding photographer for your worldwide wedding…. 



Bohemian Weddings:

Put simply, destination weddings are beautiful…..there are so many pluses in having a ceremony in another country it would be difficult to acknowledge them all. You virtually get to pick your weather and location, from sunny beaches to Italian vineyards the choice really is yours. However planning a wedding in your ideal location, with the details you have in mind in another country can take some time and effort.


There is much to be done in terms of researching and contacting vendors so that you can really have your day the way you want it. The perfect location you have been dreaming about and spent hours researching is at least a plane ride away so you can’t necessarily meet all of the vendors involved face to face, so it is great that blogs such as You Mean The World To Me exist as it bridges the gap between you and inspirational trusted vendors.

Finding the right wedding photographer is actually pretty simple and choosing a destination photographer doesn’t have to be difficult either. Here’s our guide on how to choose a destination wedding photographer for your worldwide wedding….


Alex and Lisa Riad El Fenn (63)


First of all know that you have options. These options will vary dependant on two main factors that every couple getting married should consider before seeking out any vendors. Firstly how important your wedding photos are to you and secondly budget, preferably in that order. Everyone is different and that it is a good thing! So for me or anyone else to say that you should spend a certain percentage of your budget on a photographer is impossible. We don’t know what aspects are most important to you or what your budget is or your plan for the day.


This is the hard part….it is down to you as a couple to work out your budget and what elements are most important to you. Luckily there are options to suit all budgets so once you have had a real hard think about all aspects of your wedding, the allocated budget and what you feel is most important you can then start your search.




Wedding venue offered photographers



  • This can be a quick and easy way to find a wedding photographer.
  • You may be able to get a discount based on the fact that you are also hiring the venue.
  • You may be able to see some of the photographer’s previous work taken at your venue (many venues have books that show previous work).



  • There are some great photographers out there that work with only a handful of venues, but do bear in mind if you are booking the photographer through the venue you may have no contact with them before your wedding. We personally believe that having a good relationship with your photographer is very important.
  • Your images may turn out to be very very similar to the other couples that have got married at the venue.
  • The photographer’s style may not be exactly what you were looking for.



  • If you are looking to save time and money (who isn’t when you are planning a wedding) then this option might be perfect.
  • Do keep in mind that you get what you pay for and so if it seems too good a deal to be true, then maybe it is.
  • Ask if you are able to view the photographers own website, speak to him / her over Skype and have a contract in place. If they don’t have their own website then be cautious as it really is a good idea to see a previous wedding from beginning to end.


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Wedding photographers based in the same country as your venue



  • They will know the lay of the land, be able to speak to the other vendors in their native language and may be able to visit the venue beforehand.
  • They will have their own website and most likely have images from similar places in that country to give you a good idea of what you will be getting.
  • If they have shot weddings for foreign couples before then they should have a good idea of your needs and wants from the photos to the finances and contract.
  • As you are choosing them then you will have no doubts that you like their style.
  • Chances are as they will have less in the way of travel costs, so they will cost less than worldwide destination photographers.



  • There may be a language barrier between you and them. This is not something to be overly concerned about dependant on the photographer and level of communication of you both before your wedding.
  • A photographer in the style you want in another country may be harder to find.
  • You can’t necessarily meet them in person before the wedding but that is what Skype and Facetime were invented for! If you need to have numerous Skype calls beforehand then so be it. If their work is what you want then it is worth the time and effort.



  • This is the middle ground, so you are getting the best of both worlds with only a few drawbacks: a wedding photographer that you have chosen and at a lower cost than a travelling destination photographer.


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Destination wedding photographers who are setup to travel



  • Experienced travellers un-phased by new places, new people and new challenges.
  • Will have a plan in place for any problems and will most likely arrive a day early.
  • Will have their own website showing weddings from around the world.
  • Are fully setup to travel with all the necessary equipment and insurance.
  • Will revel in the new surroundings and be inspired in shooting in a new location with new people.
  • They might be your ultimate choice if you love their work.
  • If you want them at your wedding no matter where it is they will come.
  • Will expect and like to talk to you on Skype.



  • You can’t necessarily meet them in person beforehand.
  • It may will cost you more, but you will be getting the best and the right person for you and your wedding.



Why the difference?

  • There is a difference between each photographer no matter if they are destination photographers or not. There is not only a difference in styles and costs but also the way in which each photographer conducts their business. This is why there are a vast number of photographers out there; it is down to you to find your right match.
  • It is not true in all cases but photographers that travel the world for couple’s weddings tend to be quite different in the way in which they conduct their businesses. It is a big undertaking to not only get booked in the first place by couples in other countries but also logistically. Booking many flights a year, safely lugging equipment and all for lovely people they have never met. It takes commitment and a real love for what they do.



Points to note

Please be advised that the above is a guide and that there are some amazing photographers with a superb business ethic in each and every category. The above is simply give you an idea on what to expect and what to look out for.


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Images: Bohemian Weddings via You Mean The World To Me


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