You've dreamed your entire life about your wedding day. Rightfully so. It's a momentous occasion. The best vendors all book many months in advance. In fact I am currently booking not only this year but next as well. You'll probably find the most desired venues, caterers, DJs, and florists are doing the same.
Not only does planning ahead allow you the most and best choices, it allows those vendors to get to know you better and to plan with you. Example, you know an absolutely beautiful location that you want to have some wedding day portraits at. Communicating that to your photographer gives him/her time to research that location and to help you have the best chance of getting that image. Telling your photographer of that location just weeks before the wedding may make it impossible to accomplish. Your photographer will think about things like sun location, background lighting, and composition that you may never think of. Planning ahead pays off when the photographer can then help you understand the time needed to get the picture, the best time to be there, and more.
Good planning helped us get an amazing sunset image!