How much time will it take?
With a little effort you could have your website, business cards and some initial marketing sorted out in a couple of weeks. But it will take a lot more time to start getting regular bookings and gain the experience you’ll need to make your business a success. You should look at around six months or so as a realistic period to get the basics of your wedding photography business set up, and it can take around a year to get a real sense of whether you can make a go of it.
Remember that even though people get married throughout the year, it’s still quite seasonal. Most weddings take place in the spring and summer, and they are often planned well in advance. Because of that, don’t expect to get a huge number of bookings in your first year of business, particularly if you start in the spring or summer. You will find that even if you do take bookings, they will often be for weddings six to 12 months away.