I have been asked to shoot 3 weddings this year, the first one being in May. I came upon this site in an effort to gain knowledge and advice. There are lots of great tips but I have to weed through so many negative and even hostile comments. Every single one of you has been a newbie at some point in your career and had to have that one person(s) who saw something in you or your pictures and wanted to give you that chance or perhaps you saw a way that you could use your photography to bless or help someone else. I have basic equipment. A Nikon D5100. A 70-200mm lens, a 50mm lens 1.8f, a basic speed light on camera flash. I have done many portrait shoots for friends and family. I am taking online photo classes and read as much as I can and then try to practice those tips in order to improve myself and my photography. The three weddings I am shooting are all for friends for family members. One I am getting paid for, two I am not. I don't think it is irresponsible (as I read in one persons comments that is irresponsible to accept a wedding with no experience) to accept a wedding for someone who otherwise wouldn't have one due to finances, etc. I know that I am not a professional and do not claim to be and all of these people know that. With that being said, although I am not a professional, I do have some experience and my goal is to continue to improve myself and to deliver the best wedding photos that I can possibly provide. I would love to hear your comments and tips to help me with that goal. MODERATOR NOTE: The main question asked by the Originating Poster is for assistance and advice regarding shooting weddings. The Thread's Title has been edited to reflect that theme.