Hi Paddy, firstly I think most of us on this site are amateurs, as many of the posts for advice reveal. Many like me have been snapping for over 50 years, and have graduated from our own darkrooms into the world of digital. I used to do weddings back then and it was a good earner. If you're trying it then do get a very good flash unit, a reflector or two, and a wide angle lens, 10-20mm, f3.5 e.g. If you placed an ad in any free newspaper you should get a response. Check out what the local snappers are charging for weddings and work out your target from there. An assistant is desirable who can organize your next pic while you are doing the current one. Check out shooting order also. Try being a volunteer assistant to a pro and learn from that. Some will welcome the free labour, while you gain knowledge for your own business. It need only be for a few weddings and then you'll be away. I wish you success. Mike.
Humility is an endearing quality and gains many friends, whereas arrogance loses them. Mike, 2012