How Far Ahead Should I Book My Wedding Photographer?

How Far Ahead Should I Book My Wedding Photographer?

You won’t be the only one asking “how far ahead should i book my wedding photographer” as it is one of the most common questions to ask a wedding photographer, and our suggestion is:-

As soon as you possibly can!

After the Wedding Venue is booked, invariably the next thing that should be on your list is the Wedding Photographer.

The Wedding of Jamie and Alejandra Murray - ? Alan Hutchison Photography - All rights reserved

Just this past week I’ve had to turn away over half a dozen couples for peak wedding dates next year, that I am already booked for. As award-winning wedding photographers we are very much in demand, and sadly I can personally only photograph one wedding in any one day.

Quite often I will see Wedding Magazines publish planning timetables – they are extremely useful, my wife Morag used one of these herself when we were planning our wedding. Usually this list will suggest booking a photographer 6-12 months before the wedding. Honestly, if you are passionate about your wedding photography and have a photographer in mind, then please please please contact him or her long before this as you will sadly be disappointed if you leave it until too late.

We are very fortunate to be amongst Scotland’s most popular wedding photographers and we have to put up the “fully booked” signs earlier and earlier each year. So please, if you would like us to photograph your wedding day, then don’t leave it too late. Get in touch as soon as your wedding venue is booked.

Remember there are a lot of good wedding photographers in Scotland. Sadly the opposite is also very true, so spend time researching your choices – Make sure the photographer can show you images from a number of complete weddings, and make sure those images were not taken on a specially setup “portfolio builder” training day using models. Look for photographers who are members of recognised Professional organisations such as the Master Photographers Association – proof of their ability and professionalism. Once you find the right photographer, book them right away. You won’t regret it.

Wedding Photography Scotland - VOWS Awards Nominee Alan Hutchison Photography

Now having booked your Wedding Photographer – what’s next? The Band! There are some great bands out there that will keep your wedding reception jumping – some of our own favourites include Beep The Jeep (they played at our wedding), Funky Bumpers, Ernest and The Copycats.

Lastly, a little sales pitch from us – we photograph weddings and we believe we do it very well. It appears a number of people agree with us and we are delighted to have won a lot of awards for our work. It’s not just the photography that sets us apart, it’s our level of customer service, which we were delighted to be rewarded for with a VOWS Awards Finalist nomination for the past two years running (2011 and 2012)

So here is our short demo reel of our wedding photography:-


P.S. We are now retired from Wedding Photography, but if you are a fellow photographer please consider joining us at Marketing For Photographers or join our Wedding Marketing Tips Group on Facebook.

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  • Liz Carter12/02/2013 - 8:34 am

    I just love your photographs. I will pay whatever you want for you to take pictures of my wedding at Gibbon Bridge in Lancashire. Will you travel as far as that?

  • Alan12/02/2013 - 3:56 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Yes we can photograph wedding all over the UK, including the occasional destination wedding abroad as well. I will drop you an email to check the date of your wedding and see if we have availability.

    Thanks for taking the time to post a comment on the blog – much appreciated.


  • Iain Gomes27/02/2013 - 10:46 pm

    An excellent blog post Alan, and it’s easy to see why you are one of Scotland’s most popular wedding photographers…

  • Anne Elizabeth McIntosh21/09/2013 - 3:25 pm

    ouls you be available for Friday 23 May at Balbirnie House Hotel next year. If so, could we pop along and speak to you tomorrow sometime

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