We’ve talked before about your wedding budget, and how to save on your wedding. And while the costs of a wedding can and certainly do add up quickly, so much of it will be gone as soon as the night ends. In the case of the delicious food you’re serving your guests, before the night ends! Your flowers, should you choose to have them, are a major line item that is pretty much 100% disposable; if you’re working with a florist you’ll likely rent the vases from them, so you’re not keeping those. The flowers, of course, will eventually die and you’ll be off honeymooning before the last petal falls, so unless you donate them to a hospital or nursing home (we highly recommend Petals with Purpose) it’s a one night only cost. Your dress isn’t something you’ll likely want to skimp on, but remember – you’re only wearing it for a few hours. Your DJ or band? Gone at last call. The hefty open bar tab? Better not run out ’til last call. Your beautiful programs, save the dates, invitations…they’ll all be but a distant memory, or a page in your wedding scrapbook. The only thing that lingers after your wedding day (besides, of course, your marriage) are your photos. So often we hear couples finalizing wedding details while shopping for their wedding bands, and too often, it seems like the photographer and videographer is an afterthought, or something that they’ll book with whatever’s leftover. We urge you to reconsider! Your wedding photos should be on display in your home, so you can remember that amazing day all the time. You’ll want to take out your wedding album each year on your anniversary, and relive it over a champagne toast. The only way you’ll be able to share that day with your future children is by showing them pictures of your gorgeous ceremony and reception. So trust us when we say – the wedding photos matter. And the only way to get amazing wedding photos is to hire a fantastic wedding photographer. With price ranges all over the spectrum, even for wedding “packages” that seemingly include the same things, it can be hard to choose the photographer who will be just the right fit. Luckily, we found this great info graphic that can help busy brides and grooms choose the perfect wedding photographer.

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