Freeze-frame all of those wedding day highlights with fabulous photography that will last a lifetime
If there's one area of your wedding day that it doesn't pay to cut back on, it's your photography.
Think about it: you've bought the expensive gown, chosen an amazing wedding breakfast and hired a stunning venue, but if in years to come the only record you have are a few blurry photographs, you'll be seriously disappointed.
One of the joys of a wedding is that you can relive the memories of your big day again for years to come - believe us, everyone at The Wedding Planner who's married still gets their albums out whenever anyone shows the slightest interest in how they planned their day!
So, with this in mind, you're going to want to set aside at least 10 per cent of your budget on photography. Shop around for a professional, preferably who specialises in weddings.
Be sure to meet any potential photographers before paying a deposit, as they're going to be at your wedding from dawn until dusk so you'll need to make sure you click as well as admire their work.
When it comes to photography style, an informal set of pictures interspersed with more formal shots is the most popular request in 2012.
Couples are keen to capture their wedding details, such as a place setting or lanterns hanging from trees, and also want a record of everyone who attended, which takes some organisation.
The best time to arrange group pictures is during the post-ceremony drinks before the wedding breakfast, though take a note from our book and don't let this drag on too long or guests will start to wilt - an hour is more than enough time.
Top left photography by Dan Casson Photography, 07540 722246, www.dancasson.com
Middle right photography by Martin Beard Photography, 01284 774717, http://martinbeardphotography.co.uk
Bottom photography by Esme Robinson, 01582 535929, http://esmerobinson.com