Try this one on for size ...
Try an internship with an established studio. Don't know where to look? Try the yellow pages or on the evil Internet.
Call and you can quickly find out what is available and every photographer appreciates a hand lugging gear. They should be able to provide you with the pricing schedule of such an event and basically provide you with some real-time experience ... in the field, with a photographer who has probably had their fill of wedding shots..
See how that works for you ... it is a pretty direct method for answers. Every geographical area is different.