Ok I've shot my first wedding recently. Well not the first ever, but I was the main photographer. (it was for a friend) I rented a few lenses and brought my usual kit (D7k, two speedlights, etc)
The pics actually came out pretty damn good. (even though it was at mid day in full sun during the ceremony, with NO shade...specular hell)
Here's the weird thing...I really enjoyed it. Like I might even want to take a shot at doing it on a regular basis, and eventually maybe make some money at it. (gasp!) I used to do corporate event lighting and stage production, so the 'do it right the first time' environment really appealed to me. I kinda dug the stress.
I live in California wine country, so there are no shortages of weddings here from spring through fall. I would do at least 10-20 second-shooter or assistant gigs before I attempt going solo.
So I am going to build a good "wedding package", as that will also serve as a general package for use with other photo projects for my band, other bands, maybe video, etc. (portraits, low light, group shots, etc)
So - if anyone has a second, please post your thoughts about what a bare-bones wedding kit should be, (body, lenses, lighting, accessories, etc) and also what an "ideal" kit would be. Also, and this might be even more enlightening, post what you think is a waste of time to have in a kit. (everyone has those "why the f*ck do I carry this around?" moments....)
So here is the general kit I was looking at to get started:
FF body. Maybe a D700 or if I can find a steal, a D3. I'll use my D7000 in the meantime, and then as backup.
Wide angle zoom. Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 or similar. (can't afford a Nikkor 14-24 yet)
Normal prime like a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (I rented an f/1.4 - meh, didn't see the point of it)
Short tele for portraits, maybe a 85mm f/1.8G
Tele zoom. Can't afford the 70-200mm VR, so I'll be looking at an older 80-200mm f/2.8D or something. (I had one, the 2-ring, loved it)
I have a SB-700 and SB-800, stands, umbrellas, etc. Looking at the PW Flex TTL stuff, as just the Nikon CLS can be tricky under less-than-controlled conditions.