Thank you very much for your input and links!
I'm getting the idea of just how expensive and time consuming all of this is, yet it's still exciting! We have ~50 weddings coming up this year, almost all of which will not have a serious videographer. I have considered talking with some of them after I feel like I have a quality product that I can produce. For starters we will be working with very simple events like initial engagement sessions and parties, but working our way into the wedding videography industry.
The equipment links, tutorial links, and advice are all invaluable information at this stage of the process. I have already begun learning all that I can prior to my first small video gig (a birthday party we are shooting on the 25th), but even just creating a finished product is going to come with a huge learning curve.
I have considered your idea of the fake wedding before, and am glad to hear it reiterated. Just like my first wedding to photograph, I know I'll have to do my best to bring nerves of steel to our first wedding video, even if it is a fake wedding.
Thank you again for everything,