I always like to consider calling the photographer the memory keeper, because what they do is create an object that keeps the memory that I have created for my clients forever. You will always be able to go back and look at that memory.
Good photography is awesome, which means that you should hire a good photographer for your wedding day. I hear a lot of brides ask - what does it cost? And I get it - we are all on a budget, but don't just choose the cheapest one because you get what you pay for. Choose the photographer that has the most talent and that can take the type of photos that you want.
Here are a few things that you should ask or do:
1. Is there a time limit for your services on wedding day. (If there is just make sure that there is ample time for your getting ready photos and that they can stay all the way until the end)
2. How many photographers will be with you. Do they shoot in the same style? This is super important because one photographer can't be with everyone or get detail shots for you. There should always be 2 photographers or more depending on your guest count.
3. Make sure you READ the contract! If you get a photographer contract and they are missing some key elements on it (basic contact info included) then don't sign it! Have them make the revisions that you need to include all that you have discussed.
This is super important - I have had some photographers revise 3 or 4 times because of this. You are paying a lot of money and you should have everything that they promise in WRITING! This includes all of the professionals that you hire. If they don't want to change it - hire someone else.
One thing that you shouldn't ask:
1. How long will it be until I have my photos. This should already be in your contract. Being a creative myself I can understand the time needed to edit the photos and make them look just right, let them create, you'll get a better product in the end!