I thought carefully about whether or not I should post this question, as I am not currently a wedding photographer, although some years ago I did quite a few weddings for friends and family, which all turned out well. I did charge for some of them, so I am making the perhaps audacious assumption that I can claim to be a one-time professional wedding shooter. My primary question is about what I perceive as a complete breakdown of client-photographer relationships in the wedding photo business. What has happened over the past ten years? So many of the posts here are about seemingly disastrous wedding engagements that leave everyone involved angry about the outcome, and that leaves the photographer and the bride/groom pitted in a life-and-death battle over prints, albums, digital files, dvd's, copyrights and on and on. When I performed some of these services in the last century (not all that long ago really...) it was by and large a very pleasant, even joyous experience, working with these young people and their families, helping to immortalize one of the most important days of their lives. Now, it sounds as though it has been reduced to a form of combat, from the "Bridezilla" syndrome to the interminable contract fulfillment arguments I read about here every day. Some enterprising software developer may soon introduce a violent new computer game called "Wedding Photographer." What is happening here? Is there any chance that we can ever return to civility and reason and good client relationships??