I haven't been to a wedding in 6 years (former military and not too many friends in the area) and I've only been able to attempt to take pictures at parties, banquets, and other special events (many of them for my much younger brother and sister -- 6 and 11 respectively). I'm 27 years old. I love taking photos and have been working off and in with still and video cameras since 6th grade (my film pics have been better than my digital pics) and I am trying to decide between photographing special events and weddings or being the event/wedding planner. What a choice! How do I get about getting experience shooting weddings knowing that I still need to find a job to support myself (finishing second bachelor's degree in December). Should I get a job at one of those places at the mall or something that shoots portriats so I have that experience, or what? Also, I am about to take a 3 session class at the community college just on wedding photography. I was shooting these parties with a high-end consumer digital, but had low-light issues and such. I now have a 35mm SLR with a couple of lenses and external flash to use tomorrow for my 11 year old sister's graduation. I hope I've given you enough suggestions to give me suggestions. If you need more info, let me know.