If you are getting married and you want to document your wedding through still photographs, it's a good idea to hire a professional wedding photographer. Although hiring a photographer may not be cheap, having pictures taken of one of the most important days of your life is worth the cost to most couples. And with the services of a wedding photographer you are guaranteed that the pictures taken will turn out great.
Normally photographers take either candid shots or posed shots and many will offer both types of photos. Candid or reportage photographs are taken without people being aware there is a camera present. Think photo journalism here. Most people who want candid photos also request at least a few posed shots of important family members and the bridal party. Posed photos are usually requested ahead of time. Ask the photographer about the standard shots he or she takes. Then, draw up a list of all the family, friends and bridal party pictures you want, specifically. Ask the photographer if you need to appoint someone to help gather the people for posed photos.
Wedding photographers vary in how long they will stay for a wedding. Some stay for the entire wedding and reception, some only for the ceremony, and others stay for an agreed length of time, regardless of whether the wedding is running on schedule or not. Before signing any contracts, ensure you have agreed on how long the photographer intends to stay.