I applaud Tim's generous sharing of experience, thanks,
with respect to your point
2) Organisation is key. The pace, as I said, is frantic, and you might not have time to eat, drink, or think. Key things about this:
- Have shot lists for all shots the bride and groom want
I would add a valuable lessson I learned, from experience, people skills, get to know the best person to organise the appropriate people, in advance if possible, make them feel important and involved,
I've shot several weddings (not my preferred gigs), the biggest problem for me was where the best man had no concept (nor apparently cared) of/for his duties, at one wedding he scarpered to the bar as soon as the register was signed, I had a shot list with locations and people but no one who could gather them together, this made this the worst wedding shoot experience for me (and the bride, however she did belt him at the reception, for this and other reasons ) any tips on shooting wedding fights welcome .
Speak to the bride beforehand and gently influence her that the best man or someone else needs to be infomed and available otherwise her wedding photos may not turn out successfully, this has worked for me at the last two weddings I've shot.
p.s. the bride's mother/father can be a formidable allies
be nice, friendly, flexible and professional
good luck to everyone shooting their first weddings