I’ve only done one full wedding, for some friends, for free. I was nervous about doing it, I’m just an amateur after all, but after discussing with the couple my limitations and let them see my work generally they wanted me to do it.
I researched it and prepared for it. I tried to get a second shooter gig to learn the trade first but never managed it. I therefore had to rely on my own devices which as it turned out was okay.
The wedding went well (for me – and them as it happens); the client was happy, I didn’t ruin their day, the results were decent and I learnt a lot. As a result, I’ve got another wedding to do next year in Cyprus, for some more friends. I’d like to say I am being flown out by private jet, put up in luxury and expecting a huge fee, but alas my wife and I are combining it with our annual holiday, we are paying our own way on a tight budget and doing it for free.
One of the things I did in preparation, as it was my first wedding, was to create a kit list to make sure I didn’t turn up with cameras etc and no batteries or something equally stupid and disastrous. I’ve attached my list which is specific to my needs. However, it might give you some pointers if you find yourself in a similar position.