An expert wedding photographer will always make sure that there is a contract drawn up for every wedding photography job. You should be wise enough to do the same thing. What you will need to understand the fact that at the end of the day, a wedding photography job order request is pretty much a legal transaction on its own. It is no different from having to bid out a certain business transaction. Therefore, the most efficient and the wisest way to go about with it is to make sure that you really get everything laid out in paper. This should give you and the clients something to check out or something to review.
A contract should be something that can protect you and your business, mitigate your risks and liabilities, and at the same time protect your clients as well. This is a bit of a delicate balance to have to manage at some point and that is why you should not attempt to just hammer out a contract all by yourself. You can do the initial draft but you need to make sure that at some point in time, you get to have a lawyer review the document and proofread it as well. Make sure that the contract is foolproof and iron clad. You should also make sure that when a client does sign it, you get to produce three copies. The first copy is basically for the client. The second copy is for you. The third copy is for safekeeping in case anything happens.
Plan out your sequence of events well ahead of time and include the bride and the groom when it comes to building up this particular kind of timeline. After all, a wedding photographer should not miss out on any important moments during the wedding event. This is something that you would have to go over with in detail with your clients. You seriously need to really sit down and discuss this at length with the bride and with the groom one way or the other. It is important for you to have a sort of macro view of things because this is the only way for you to be able to pre-plan how you position yourself and in order for you to be able to commit to all of the important shots that you would need to take. The last thing that you would like to have at the end of the coverage would be an argument with the bride and groom about how you were unable to keep up with your part of the deal. Avoid the uncomfortable situation at all costs and plan ahead instead.
A wedding photographer hull should always be prepared for the wedding day event and that includes even the little accidents that may happen in between. Have an emergency kit available at all times. Have some sticky tape, some stain remover, some pins, as well as a classy and decorative hanger to hang the bridal dress from during the getting ready phase. It pays to have a little go-to box of little quick fixes for anything and everything that can happen during a busy and crazy day like a wedding day.