We all know that weddings can get pretty expensive, but your wedding day will be one of the most memorable events in your life. Whether you’re on a budget or going all out, there are certain aspects of your wedding that you can keep with you until death do you part. Deciding what to splurge on can be a difficult decision, but we’re here to make it easier for you. These are the top three things to invest in when planning your wedding:

Wedding Ring
Your wedding ring is a piece of jewelry that you’ll wear for the rest of your life, so you should indulge a little on your circular symbol of love. Buy a ring that you’ll be happy to wear every day. If you’re on a budget, consider having the ring engraved with a meaningful inscription.

Professional Photographer
You spend months and a good deal of money planning the perfect wedding, but if the photos of your celebration are sub-par, then all that work and money add up to nothing but faint memories. A photographer is something you’ll want to spend a little extra money on, but you’ll also want to spend a little extra time researching photographers to find the right one for you. If you’re on a budget, consider skipping the wedding album and matted prints to allocate more money for the actual photographer. A wedding album can be purchased in the future, and you don’t want to end up with bad photos in a pretty package. Also, don’t overlook the personality of your photographer. Your photographer will be with you all day on one of the most important days of your life—don’t’ hire someone that you find abrasive or annoying, even if their photos seem good enough.

The Dress
If you’re investing heavily in your wedding photographer, you’re going to want to look good in those pictures, right? If you can afford it, go ahead and splurge on your dream wedding dress. Even if that dream dress is out of your price range, your dress is still something that you shouldn’t skimp on. Take time in choosing your dress, try a bunch on, and pick the one that you feel comfortable in. To perfect your look, consider hiring a professional makeup artist for the day of your wedding, your makeup will look amazing and it will eliminate the stress of having to apply it yourself.

If you’re in the midst of planning your wedding or just want to have some fun, check out bridal shows to get ideas, see the latest trends, and meet with vendors. On March 19, from 12-4PM, Hudson Valley Bridal Shows will be holding a bridal expo at The Sullivan Event Center in Rock Hill, NY. See the area’s leading wedding and party vendors, and enter to win one of three honeymoon giveaways and many more prizes. Admission is free. To register for the event, visit http://hvbridal.com/ts.htm.  Hope to see you there, and congratulations on your pending nuptials.