Reality wedding shows on television are not always the best standard for real weddings. For one thing the budgets of those weddings are spectacular and chasing that might get very expensive for normal people. Another fact is that arranging a perfect wedding on a limited budget is totally possible.
Plan to have the wedding during the off season. This is the primary money saving idea that can be applied to hugely cut back on expenses. May to September is normally heavily busy months for weddings and it is obvious that the season will attract steeper prices for all wedding related issues. Winter is an off season period for wedding and therefore ideal for budget considerations.
With an uncommon date it will be unlikely that many people will share the date for other weddings. This eliminates confusions for guests.
Surely most wedding related vendors might claim to have fixed rates for their products and services. However, with an off season wedding, all rates are liable to be negotiated. Do not hesitate to use this advantage to get the maximum on a minimum budget.
Hotels offer packages for bridal parties but with proper negotiation prices on the suites can be adjusted. Other perks with caterers and florists can also be arranged with discussion.
However, to get in with these negotiations faster and to the point, the most important thing is to be aware of the estimated budget as early as possible. Start planning early on and avoid the hassle of realizing that you might have paid more than was necessary.
Also, make sure that in all the hassle you do not lose objective. It is your special day so relax. Let yourself enjoy the event without constantly fretting about small insignificant details.
Simplicity is the key. Keeping it very easy and avoiding unnecessary complexities can be the best thing for arranging a dream wedding.