Why using a friend may not be a good idea.
I recently read a couple of articles describing two keen amateur’s experience of photographing a wedding. Both of the authors had some photographic experience and believed that they would be well prepared to photograph a wedding, both admitted that they were wrong.
The first article titled Three Reasons You’re Not Ready to Photograph a Wedding is written as an advice to anyone considering photographing a wedding. The second article, Pros of Hiring a Pro, is written by a travel writer (who often has his photos published with his articles) about his experience tagging along with Professional Wedding Photographer.
If you are considering having a keen amateur photograph your wedding, whether they are family, friend or just someone you know, think about what you are asking of them and whether they are ready to do it before you go ahead.