One of the first things I do after we book a wedding is scout out a location coordinate with the wedding planner to determine what type of shots we can get so we don't miss the big moments. The second thing I do is determine where I am going to park and how far I have to lug my equipment. Here's a tip and a thing I will need to get soon. Buy an AV Cart. Load it up with any and all external lighting equipment, sliders, tripods and roll it over to where you need to be.
Equipment and Roles
Wedding videography has always been about shooting first and figuring things out later. Which is why you'll need plenty of inserts and slider shots to mix into your static speeches or kissing sequences. We always head into a wedding with multiple shooters, one for videography, and one for photography and another as a hybrid between the two. If we are doing a same day edit, we have two extra hands one to off load data and another to edit. This takes a grip of equipment and having a cart to move all of the cabling, computers and cameras around only helps. And sure it costs more money to have help but you are going to either try and do everything yourself and fail miserably or you're going have help and build a realistic sustainable workflow that will let you do more than 3 weddings a year and not get burnt out.
Piecing together any video is a matter of artistic preference. Most of our videos are broken into two segments: the wedding and the reception. So getting from beginning to end is more about what types of shots you were able to get in between and how you are able to tell a story about the day as opposed to trying to build a preconceived story based on interviews because people are naturally uncomfortable with speaking into a camera. One of the most useful tactics we have been able to employ to pick up good audio during a wedding is to bring an H4N and place it near the bride and the groom as they greet people during the reception and during the speeches.
It helps you piece together relationships between people and bring the entire video together.