Let's face it, we know that planning a wedding can be stress wrapped up in a box of anxiety. Finding your photographer to capture that day (or days) is much easier than you think and there are a couple key things to look for.
1. Make sure you like the specific style that the photographer shoots. It's true that we can do a variety and cater to some specific tastes but keep in mind, the style you see from the photographer is what they're the most comfortable with and represents them. At it's heart, photography is an art form. If you like it, love it. They're your photos that you'll ultimately be receiving and remembering those times with.
2. Talk to your photographer and get to know them at least a little bit. Communication is huge and if your photographer meshes with you as a person, it makes it that much easier to capture those special candid moments because it's like spending time with a friend versus the paparazzi.
3. Don't get too hung up on the gear they use (Within reason of course. See my previous post about dual card slots). By the time you've narrowed it down to them, you should have seen their portfolio, a gallery and probably stalked them on Instagram a bit. If you like the images they make, it really doesn't matter what brand they use. This is most often applied to people shooting full frame versus crop sensors. That's a topic for another time though. I personally shoot both and each have a time and a place.
4. You really do get what you pay for. Wedding photographers spend a majority of the time after an event culling and editing photos. Actually shooting the event is only 20-30% of the work. For such an important day, make sure that you're getting the quality that you want and deserve.