When it comes to wedding budgets, most brides will find themselves having to pick and choose which things are most important to them. I’m a little bit biased, but I believe photography should be a top priority; skimping on your wedding photos often results in heartache and forgotten memories, even if it’s not until years later. But even within photography there can be many options to face. Do you want an engagement session? Extra hours of coverage on the wedding day? Do you want to purchase on album down the road? And the one we’ll address in this blog post: do you need a second photographer?
Lots of wedding photographers come as a team or have a second photographer built into the price of their wedding packages. If that’s the case, awesome! You already have it and don’t need to worry about. But if a second photographer is an add-on option like it is for my brides, you might want to keep reading.
I shoot 80% of my weddings solo, and I’ve never had a problem doing so. In fact, I usually *prefer* to shoot solo; I tend towards the “if you want it done right do it yourself” way of thinking, so it’s hard for me to hand things off to a someone else. BUT, you and your wedding are my top priority, and if you want a second person there for ease of mind, or if I think your wedding is going to require more than just myself, I will absolutely be the first person to tell you.
In my opinion, here are a few scenarios in which a second photographer would be helpful:
- if you’re not working with a wedding planner
- if you’ll be traveling to multiple places throughout the day (i.e. hotel to get ready, church for ceremony, event venue for reception)
- if the groomsmen will be getting ready at a different location from the bridesmaids (if getting ready photos of the guys isn’t important to the groom, this one won’t matter)
- if you’re expecting more than 250 guests
- if your wedding party is larger than 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen
- if having two photographers there will give you extra peace of mind
At the end of the day, these are just suggestions, and every wedding is different. I highly recommend talking with your photographer before booking and discussing these options, so you can decide what’s best for you and your day.