This is such a great question, and an important one. I myself am a Wedding Photographer so I can hopefully give you a good perspective. Obviously, if 2 photographers doesn’t fit in your budget, it just doesn’t fit. The company that I work for just provides 2 of us, and it’s the same cost either way… so that’s pretty nice. The benefits to having 2 photographers are unbelieveable… so here are a few examples of why you SHOULD have 2 photographers:
-As you are getting ready, one photographer can take photos of you getting dressed and the expressions on your face as you’re slipping in to your dress while the other is snapping detail shots of your bridesmaids / mother / Mother-In-Law zipping you in, putting on your veil, jewelry, etc.
-Once you’re finished getting ready, one photographer can spend time with you and the girls, while the other can get photos of the groom and his groomsmen… don’t want to miss out on those photos.. they’re super fun and you can see what you wouldn’t have otherwise.
-One photographer further down the aisle to capture the look on the groom’s face when he sees his beautiful bride walking down the aisle. While the other is behind closed doors, capturing the last moments with dad / stepdad / grandpa, you know.. the kiss on the cheek, holding hands, encouraging glances, etc.
-For posed photos, one photographer can be setting up the next group of people and getting everyone ready while the other is taking the photos.
I’m sure you’re probably getting the picture.. ha, no pun intended.. It’s so nice to have a second photographer because we help each other out, we can get multiple angles on the day, one might capture photos that the other didn’t think of, and it helps to keep the day running along quickly and smoothly without snags. If your budget absolutly doesn’t allow for a second photographer, then at least get an assistant to the one because they’ll help to switch out batteries, and download cards, change lenses, flashes, etc. Which is also a HUGE help. I can’t tell you how happy I was to have 2 at my own wedding.. each one captured photos that are so precious to me…. photos that I wouldn’t have had if they both hadn’t been present.