Ten Tips for Choosing your Seattle Wedding Photographer by Natalie Fobes

Seattle Wedding Tip #2: Surviving the Seattle Wedding Show

I’ll be honest with you. The big shows are overwhelming. Thousands of couples and their friends attend the Seattle Wedding Show’s two day expo.

And for good reason. All of the very best Seattle wedding vendors are there. Just by having a booth you know they have been in business for awhile and are willing to spend thousands of dollars to promote their services. You won’t find “weekend wonders” there, only professionals! Please drop by my booth #219 to see my Seattle wedding photography!

So here’s how to keep your sanity and get the most out of the show. First figure out what you still need for your wedding. Go to the wedding show’s website and find the vendor listings. My websites are Seattle Wedding Photographers and Fobes Photo. The vendors are listed by category on the pdf. Spend a few minutes checking out the vendors’ websites then go back to the wedding show’s website and click on the floorplan. This’ll help save steps if you plot your “journey” efficiently.

Bring a page of stickers or labels with your name, date, email and phone number (optional). You can give these to the vendors to receive more information.

While I always have a half-dozen or so couples book me at the show, I like to set up consultations in the days after. That way I can talk with the couples in depth about their wedding plans and they can get to know more about my wedding photography approach. As a former National Geographic photographer who’s also shot fashion, I specialize in capturing the story of the wedding day and candids as well as creating fine art couple portraits.

If you fall in love with a wedding photographer, book her on the spot or she may be booked  by the next couple. Unlike caterers and florists, the excellent photographers don’t do more than one wedding a day.

A great time to talk with the vendors is during the fashion show. It’s pretty quiet in the aisles during that time.

Final thoughts: embrace the chaos, and don’t eat too many cake samples!

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