Think Outside the Plate
A meat-and-starch meal may be the traditional wedding route, but if you think about your and your partner's personalities, then you might be able to come up with a more creative — and cheaper — alternative. If you're movie buffs, then what about pizza? If together you've tried every burger west of the Mississippi, then assemble a choose-your-own toppings burger bar. If you throw the best cocktail parties in town, then combine cocktail hour with dinner and serve a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet.