This is where holding a budget wedding comes into play. It may sound tacky and horrid but it really doesn't have to be. You can have a romantic and wonderful day without having to spend tens of thousands of pounds. It just takes a bit of imagination.
For example, for a couples' wedding, gold rings might be their first choice. Gold is expensive though, so why not think about getting gold-plated silver or even opting for a less traditional band in sterling silver? If this is too expensive, think about buying slightly cheaper rings for now and then saving over the following year for some more valuable ones?
Table decorations don't have to cost the earth either. One much-loved solution is to collect jam jars - and get your friends to do the same - then fill them with sand or flowers. Tealights also work well as the reflect off the glass, giving your night-time reception a warm glow. Alternatively, you and your friends could learn how to do origami. This pretty paper art could yield you hundreds of swans, flowers or anything you like to pop on the tables.
What about the dress though? A great way to get a budget dress is to either scour your local charity shops, or simply buy the material then get someone to hand-make it for you. This way, you'll get exactly what you want and it won't cost your entire years' salary.
These are just some of the ways in which you can have a wedding on the cheap, so get researching because before you know it, you'll have found ways to cut the cost of every single aspect.