I am getting married summer of 2011. My fiance and I don't want to spend our saving on a wedding. We want the beauty of a wedding but don't want to lose sight of the day's purpose by focusing on small details. I am getting married at a banquet hall in Atlanta and the rental cost is only 900.00 for a Saturday. We get use from 8am-2am and are allowed to use our own vendors and provide our own alcohol/food. I know that this is our biggest money saver but flowers and linens are killing my budget. My mom wants to make the food and my bestfriend is going to officiate. I am getting all my vases and ribbon for bouquets from the dollar store since guests will take them hm at the end of the night. I am buying all the china and glassware there too because I can keep them all for my apartment instead of renting. My only issue with the venue are the chairs...I would have no problem using them as is but they clash with my color scheme(chocolate & magenta). I want to rent charivari chairs which adds a huge cost but renting chair covers do as well plus I hate the idea of them. With all my plans do you think it's possible to spend less than 3,500-4,000 on a wedding??? Please leave any other savings costs you can think of......FLOWERS are so expensive.....HELP!!!