When you are planning your wedding reception, and money is tight, you should choose buffet style to serve your guests. The bottom line is, buffet service is much cheaper than having your guests served dinner individually. If money is tight, conserve the resources for something you really need, like a place to live or furniture.
Ask one of your shutterbug friends to do the pictures for your wedding. Professional photographers are expensive and, with the advent of digital cameras and editing software, often an amateur can do just as good of a job. Tell them to forgo the wedding gift and just give you a disk of digital images instead.
For bridesmaids, be certain you know exactly what you want them to wear before you ask them to be in your wedding. You do not want to have disagreements and drama. Also, try to get something affordable for them. That will help you to have a wonderful wedding without misunderstandings or feelings getting hurt.