Yes, it happened to me too. A friend of mine will not take no for an answer after I explained to her many times that I am not a professional wedding photographer and that she should REALLY invest into hiring one. No luck. Times are tough, they can't afford it. Thankfully they will have another person with a little more skills than me who will take most of the "blame." Neither of us will charge for any of the photos we take of course. As I haven't done any photography for the last year and a half, (many things to blame: lost a job, got a baby, got a new job) I haven't really invested into any gear lately, and with what I have, I can't really do much. I will be shooting with my D80 and a nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 zoom lens. I know some of you will say I should have a backup but as of right now I can't afford another body and I can't really justify the purchase. I don't have a flash yet (yes you read that right) but that's why I'm here. I am prepared to buy some gear in the next 2 weeks as the wedding is in 2 months. Sadly I realized that the sb800 has been discontinued and the sb900 is $450. I am however prepared to buy it. I also have about $500 left to spare and I'm trying to figure out what else I can buy that would be useful for the wedding and in my regular shooting. Options: 1. Another lens - suggestions? (what is a must have lens for weddings?) 2. MB-D80 Battery pack + nikkor 35mm f/1.8? 3. SD-9 battery pack for the sb900 4. Tripod? 5. A mix of any of these items or other suggestions Also, some questions: 1. Are battery grips/packs for the camera useful at weddings? the 24-70 is already a pretty heavy lens. It's not that i can't handle it but i wonder if it's overkill? Also, I've seen some "compatible" grips for a lot cheaper on ebay. Has anyone had a good experience with those or is going for an original Nikon grip a better choice? 2. Are battery packs for flashes useful? What are the best batteries to run a flash on? if using standard AA batteries, are there better and worse types? Are rechargeable batteries worse than non-rechargeable? 3. Are tripods useful at weddings? for what shots? I'm asking because at my wedding the photographer never used one. 4. As I've never used a flash before how do you decide when to bounce off something rather than point it straight especially in church with high ceiling? 5. Is my approach of using exclusively the 24-70 zoom lens wrong? should I have any other, maybe prime lenses and switch them for particular shots? 6. I usually shoot raw and then process in photoshop, is that a wrong approach for wedding photos? 7. Any other advice you can give me other than "don't do it!" I have many more questions but I won't torture you. The post is long enough already, I apologize.