With the economy being the way it is, every little penny counts. Some simple things will help to keep your check book from going up in flames. Think outside the box and some simple cut backs will help you have a wedding of your dreams without taking out huge loans.
Now, I don't normally recommend designing your own flowers. It can add more stress to your day than you are ready for. However, if you are looking to cut back on your floral costs... hire a professional for your personal flowers and ceremony decor (boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, etc.) and ask some friends to help you with the reception flowers. Get married during the summer or early fall, locate a local farm or grower and purchase cut seasonal flowers. Fill mason jars with water and add one kind of flower. I love using mason jars filled with play sand, real beeswax candles and clustering different size jars down long rectangle family style reception tables. Just add touches of blooms or during the winter, evergreens and pine cones.