A wedding is that time in life that might never happen again; well, most of the people only get married once so it is something highly special and no mess ups can be tolerated. It does not matter if you are not highly rich or your wedding will not be one of those dream weddings. You can always plan a wedding staying inside your budget and making sure that in the end you do not run out of finances and have to borrow money from here and there. Let me tell you how to plan a budget wedding.
Get a paper and pen and sit down with your partner first. Start writing down all the things that you are planning of, what all will be needed, what all you need to shop for, and simply everything that will cost you money in arranging it. When you have the list of things written down; see how much each of them will cost you; mention the costs and total it up; I am sure this will be exceeding your budget, here is what you will do now.
Although nothing comes for free now days but you can surely find things in all price ranges. I would say that you take help from a wedding planner if this is in your budget so things can be planned and organized in a better way staying in the budget otherwise do it yourself. Shopping is the main part. One by one when you will start shopping for things you mentioned in the list like flowers, dresses, shoes, jewelry, catering, accommodation and food for guests, invitation cards, etc; you will realize that they all are available for cheaper prices than you mentioned as well.
Cheap things are not always bad; you just have to make sure that you are picking up the right thing. For instance, it is not necessary that you go with gold or silver jewelry; today, artificial jewelry looks a lot better than gold and is a lot cheaper. For shoes and dresses, why go to branded shops; by the same thing but from a local shop; usually it is only the brand that makes things expensive. For flowers, go with the ones that are in season, these will cost you less. Your wedding cake can be the dessert as well or go with a smaller cake since not everyone eats a lot of cake; guests wait for the main food. Lastly, your wedding will be a lot less expensive if you choose to get married in winter or autumn since summer and spring are the seasons when most of the weddings take place.