First, a tripod needs to be able to handle whatever gear you place on top of it. Wedding lenses and cameras can be on the heavier side.
Wedding photographers with a full frame camera with a battery grip and bright zoom lens will need a tripod with a higher capacity than a photographer using a mirrorless system or crop sensor.
Add up the weight of your camera body, largest lens, and flash and make sure that number is less than the tripod’s maximum capacity.
Quick Set Up
Wedding shoots are quick-paced. There’s not much time to fiddle with gear in between shots. When considering a tripod for wedding photography, the speed of setting up that tripod is a big factor.
A quick release plate is a must. Picking up an extra is helpful when using the tripod both as a camera and a light stand. Factor in the leg set-up too. More leg sections will take longer to set up.
Wedding photographers carry a lot of gear. Lighter tripods are easier to lug around during the wedding day and helps the accessory feel more like a tool than a burden.
Materials like carbon fiber can make tripods lighter to carry around, but look at the overall weight in the specifications when comparing models.
Lightweight tripods mean less gear to carry — but so does flexibility. Look for a tripod that can handle any shot that you may need it for.
That means a tripod that can shoot close to the ground for a macro shot, then extend to eye level for some creative panning around the dance floor. Some tripods will also double as monopods.