I do film (video) weddings, I have done about 20? or so, and I have my horror stories with some. lol. DD_nVidia is right its 100% pure experience, I started by pretty much following around a friend that was a professional and just doing the monkey see, monkey do thing. and I have lots of help from friends and similar forums like this one.
I would volunteer to take photographs at someones wedding just to get experience points and some sample shots for advertisement. ext..
in any business you start off small and work your way up, don't give up and push for resources/networking. pretty much those 20 or so weddings I have done, have been either people I knew or friends of people I knew, so tell ALLL of your friends and family about your services! I think that will help most defiantly.
horror story of mine: Father and daughter dance right? if anyone shoots video, I have a canon gl2, anyways middle of the song I started getting tape head cleaning warnings, the worst thing ever, i had to stop filming clean the heads and put a new tape in. horrible experience, and I am sure every wedding photographer/videographer. has had their moments, so point is, never give up, a screw up is almost promised along the career.
Well said! Thank you!