I really enjoy this thread. I'm an amateur with a new 5d mark iii, and I'll be occasionally asked to do events, family things, etc. I've always been in awe of you wedding photographers, so I really appreciate your sharing your experience and trade secrets with the rest of us. I will never photograph a wedding (because I'd be a nervous wreck... more than the couple themselves!), but things like class reunions, my nephew's Eagle scout court of honor, etc. would all greatly benefit from my taking your advice and practicing the tips you dispense. Thanks to all of you.