I am getting baffled by photographer pricing/timing. I know this is very naive, but going into wedding planning I thought you booked the photographer for the day and they were there to capture everything with one set rate. Now my eyes have been opened and I see that they have various packages with various hours of time. So my question is this - who is planning to have a photographer there from getting ready until the end of the reception? Is it worth the massive splurge to have them there for the whole day? I am likely going to need one for many hours, since we are going to get ready in the AM, have a church ceremony in the early afternoon, and then the reception starting around 6 PM. Am I looking at a massive splurge? They are still on the clock during travel, down time, etc. right? And I heard you need to count the photographer and other vendors in your guest list - do they sit at a table and eat? Any advice is MUCH welcomed.