The cost of planning a wedding can add up quick. There are ways to cut on the cost when planned right. From the season you have your wedding to the location of the reception. Everything you decide will determine how much your wedding will cost. For example, it is cheaper to have your reception on a week day rather than the weekend. Keeping your guest list small will save on catering expenses and also drinks if you decide to serve alcohol.
The Cheap Bastardette's guide to self-catering your wedding via @Offbeat Bride I also really like the idea of a "potluck" reception with everyone providing the recipes of what they made. :-) This way you can also make sure everyone has something they can eat.