Below is a list of equipment that I would highly recommend having at a wedding. Some of this equipment you may already have. If you don’t, you will need to rent it for the big day. Look at part one of this series for tips and advice on renting equipment online for a wedding. When choosing lenses to rent/purchase, get the fastest lenses you can.
• A digital SLR camera body – You should already have one of these that you’re very familiar with. Renting (or borrowing) a second body is always a good idea, since you may need access to multiple lenses very quickly. This is not an absolute necessity, but it you have an extra $50-80, renting another body can be very helpful.
• A wide-angle lens – You’ll want to have a wide-angle lens, such as a 10-20mm or 12-24 mm lens to take in the whole event. The rice throwing/bubble blowing immediately after the ceremony is a prime example of when it’d be a good time to use this lens. Also, if the wedding party is large, you’ll need this lens to take in the whole table at the reception. If it is a large wedding, the newlyweds will probably want some shots that show all of the reception tables, kind of like a “fly on the wall" shot.
• A medium telephoto lens – A lens such as a 24-105mm will serve as the main lens that you use on one of your camera bodies. It is a flexible lens that will allow you to shoot up close or at a distance (to a certain extent). This is a must have!
• A telephoto lens – I usually get the 70-200 f/2.8, which seems to be long enough for me. 200mm will give you some space from your subject so you can catch them in their candid poses and behavior. These can turn out to be some of the best shots.