Your wedding photos are one of the most important parts of your day – and the part that you’ll treasure forever as the documentation of all the details and emotions in your celebration. While photographer’s rates and availability are very important (for obvious reasons! Like that budget you’re working so hard to meet.), there are other questions you should certainly consider before signing any contracts. Here are five of the most important.

1. Ask your photographer: if he or she is willing to work with a list of “do” or “don’t” shots. As a professional, your photographer will know how to capture the special moments in your wedding day, but if there are any shots that you must have (did you hand-make incredible centerpieces? Have a favorite family member the two of you want a photo with?), definitely let her know!

2. Ask your photographer: to see the photos from a complete wedding and for references. You want to see the full span of your potential photographer’s work, not just the best images in his porfolio before you make a decision.

3. Ask your photographer: how he or she will share your photos with you after they’re edited and complete. Will you receive a disk with full rights to the images? Access to proofs online? Or an album from which to select prints. It’s also good to know how soon the two of you can expect to see photos after the wedding day.

4. Ask your photographer: what she charges for overtime. This is important to know in case your wedding runs longer or later than planned, and so you can be aware of any potential extra charges.

5. Ask your photographer: to set up an engagement session! This is a perfect way for the two of you to get to know your photographer, as well as gain some level of comfort with being in front of the camera.