How I Hacked $10,000 Off My Wedding Budget

When my husband Michael and I first got engaged, we were overly confident that we could put together our wedding for way less than other couples we know had spent. However, when we started getting quotes from vendors and banquet halls, reality hit us; hard. Knocked off our high horse, we were forced to consider the following:

A) What was truly important to us (and what we would remember after the day had passed).
B) What our guests would notice and appreciate.
C) How much money we realistically could (and wanted) to spend.