Crowd source your options.
Social media and other online sources and communities can help you out a lot when it comes to things like this and this is something that you should try to tap into one way or the other when you are getting things checked out accordingly.
Browse through portfolios.
You need proof that the wedding photographer that you are thinking about hiring out really is someone who can follow through on anything and everything that you ask from him after all has been said and done. This is something that you will really need to make it a point to look out for one way or the other. Listen to what their works are saying about them or what their works are telling you and you will have something so much more definitive and something so much more solid after all has been said and done.
Haggle and negotiate.
You can’t just get the best wedding photographer by simply taking things based on face value or based on what they offer up on the table. Make it a point to learn how the skills of negotiating and haggling will work for you and for everything else that you are trying to achieve for the wedding. Even if you want the best of the best out there, you are still bound by the budget that you have to limit yourself to at the end of the day. Haggling can help you bring the rates down a little bit. Some photographers will be open to this especially when you haven’t really booked them out yet and when you are still more or less shopping around. Don’t be embarrassed in trying to do this. As a client, you have all the right in the world to see if you can work out better rates and this is what you ought to try to work on at some point or so.
Read through the fine print.
When you are signing out any contracts or anything like that, you need to know right off the bat that there are bound to be some clauses in the contract that you need to know about. They might not always be in bold letters and they will almost always be included in the fine print at some point or so. What you are technically looking for when you are aiming to hire out the best wedding photographer out there is a clause that says you are granted personal use release by the photographer in the fine print. This will allow you to print out your wedding photos from your own printer or source without having to pay him royalties or anything like that whenever you have a need for printouts. Ordering all of your prints from the photographer that you have worked with will turn out to be a really challenging situation to check up on because of the fact that it will end up costing you a lot of money and you need to do something about this.