Budget brides take note: if there's one element where you shouldn't go for the cheap option, it's the photography and videography. Ask newlyweds Martin and Heidi Shubrook from Harlow in Essex who have successfully sued their wedding cameraman for failing to deliver a professional video of their day. Not only did he reportedly miss key moments (signing the register, cutting the cake) and hold the camera at wonky angles (cue lots of frames of feet), but he also disappeared for much of the day. The couple had paid £350 for his services - which should have been a warning sign. Because, for professional wedding videography, you should expect to pay upwards of £1,000. Before you sign on the dotted line, also make sure you meet them in person, ask to see footage of other weddings they have shot, and try to get recommendations from friends and family members.

Mel Yates