Start looking right away!
Wedding photographers that are in demand tend to book as much as a year in advance! At a minimum, you should be speaking with potential photographers at least six months before your wedding date. Finding YOUR photographer on short notice will be tough!
Narrow down your options.
Price should be the last concern. Of all the things you invest in for your wedding day, the images are what live on to stand the test of time! Focus on the photographer(s) who's style you love. Then once you have more than one aspect and style to love ( and you will), you can narrow down further by their personality.
Meet with YOUR potential photographer.
Once you speak with them you can get to know each other, have a better understanding of their personality, their work-flow, and be more informed to make the decision that is best for you!
The best way to make sure your expectations are met, is to ask questions when you meet with your potential photographer.
Dedicate the time.
When all things have been considered, you can be confident that you have the right photographer for your special day! Figure out exactly who's style and personality you love, go over final details, sign the contract, and look forward to having heirloom images from your wedding!