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1) If you are like most people, what you want and what you can afford are two separate things. Get together with your fiance and prioritize. Figure out what are the most important elements of your wedding and put your money there.
2) You will be amazed at how different your ideas are from your groom-to-be's. Get ready for your first lesson in matrimonial bliss . . .compromise!
3) No matter how much you "do-it-yourself," you will probably still have to minimize in a couple of areas. Be prepared for this reality.