You can get lots of information online about helpful tips for shooting weddings these days, and here is some more. Weddings are still somewhat new to me and I still am in the learning process but it never hurts to share what you know, and tools you have.
Getting the Gig
The first major step. There are a few ways people get wedding photo gigs. As nice as it would be to have waiting lists because you're a super-big time photographer, the rest of us need to rely mostly on word of mouth, and our own concerted efforts at self advertising. Keep in mind, as with anything else, nothing comes easy.
To get people to talk about you, you need to be worth talking about. And you need to be talked about to have people suggest your services to prospective brides.If you are doing the first few steps of self promotion people should start to think of you when they think of photographers. Moving to a new location can sometimes reset this process.
People may be reluctant to hire you, especially these days more than ever. As you know there was the recent 'recession' and the technology juggernaut keeps moving. People are getting more and more complacent with photos from their friends point and shoots and compiling their own albums at Wal-Mart, if not just getting a couple smaller prints. Make sure that whatever you are charging for, you certainly deliver a product better than what they can do themselves. But if that was the case, you wouldn't have people talking about you in the first place.
Lists, Lists, Lists!
I have recently compiled a fairly basic one in Excel Spreadsheet. It is very raw and bare bones at the moment, but I do intend to refine, and glam it up, at which point I will make sure to share it with you - my countless faithful readers out there.
I also compiled a packlist. It is hopefully going to avoid me carrying around three lightstands and only two flashes, or another silly combination like three flashes and one pocket wizard. Also use it before you leave each venue to make sure you have everything.
Processing and Workflow
Ah! Wedding day is over. You probably have about 700 photos or thereabouts? Try checking out my very first post ever, all about the medial task of sorting through photos! Remember to take at least a day's break from looking through your photos before you begin the sorting.
After you have your photos sorted, you need to get them ready to deliver to the newlywed couple, and this part will change gig to gig based on the agreements between yourself and the client. Make them happy they chose you, over some memory card borrowing from friends with point and shoots. It will do all of us a favour and keep people's faith in hiring photographers for these special events.
So that is a short look at the wedding photography process. I will leave you here, free to take the reins on your own process and practices in wedding photography! Best of luck.