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How to avoid a deadbeat wedding photographer

Naturally, every nearlywed couple has some reservations regarding who they hire to help make their special day come together. Caterers, cooks, photographers, videographers, DJs, florists and wedding planners all have something invaluable to bring to the table - provided they actually do their job well.

Fortunately, in today's world, couples don't have to go into these decisions blindly. Many wedding professionals can be looked up through the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and beyond that, online resources such as Yelp! have been helping consumers across the board sift through the riff-raff as they decide who to hire and where to shop.

Not content with reading a bunch of online reviews? Request samples and portfolios from those you intend to hire. By getting an idea of what kind of work they typically do, you'll also have an idea of whether their individual style matches your sensibilities. Just because they made someone else happy doesn't mean that you're on their wavelength.

All being said, professionals are indispensable in some categories, but a lot of couples have found areas of their wedding planning that are simply better off left to their own jurisdiction. Do-it-yourself wedding favors are an extremely popular option for anyone with a crafty bone in her body, and you can save money putting up a few of your own decorations or scattering the reception space with tealights.