Ways to cut costs…
Cut the guest list
Use a non-traditional location
Use a non-traditional time of year
Don’t pay for things you don’t want [printed napkins etc]
Let friends and family help
Use Ebay and other websites for bargains
Buy a vintage gown
For a big wedding use a consultant, you will recover their cost in benefiting from their contacts and deals with vendors.
Cut the frills, simple is elegant
Group rate travel, attire and accommodations
Keep receipts and match them to contracts,
Things to budget for…
Also take into account the amount of time and effort, not to mention postage, phone charges, travel costs, gas mileage physically arranging all the above items. These are often hidden costs which will accumulate over the planning period.