Wedding planning - I gots the experiences ya wouldn't believe.... Inexpensive it ain't.
Seriously though, My daughter is getting married in July. She is doing a church wedding and hall and all that stuff. I think you can get the K of C hall not bad, they are crying for people to rent it. At least that is what I read last week. I had a friend that rented a cheapish hall and bought those stuffed chicken breasts at the store and cooked themselves with other not so expensive foods. No bar is a whole lot cheaper. Then too, they were probably only 35 - 50 people.
I ended up going with LaRoy's hall because they do about all of it so you don't have to, which was a mega plus as it was she just graduated from Eastern last week. Photographer is our resident Lordfly. So there was really just the Hall, that takes care of cake, food, settings, and DJ. Aside is dress, tux's, and photo's. Oh, and altering the dress, which is soon. Oops, forgot invites. That actually isn't too bad. You can get great invite packs of 50 at Staples for like $25.00 a box and I have a color laser printer and can write, so we did that here.
Oh, they got their own rings and flowers, forgot that.
My former daughter in law got married a few weeks back - justice of the peace. They got rings, dress, and a suit for him but over a period of time. Even that was not what most call cheap. We get along good and I was the sorta father of the bride, even though they don't do that part at the courthouse.
I hope I helped.