I'm struggling hard to stay within budget. We live in an area where services have high cost all around. We've booked the venue and catering, which eats up about 50% of our budget right there. I have no idea what to cut because we are only looking at the basic essentials right now (dress, DJ, photography, invitations, and flowers). We've already decided against a planner, photo booth, transportation rental, hair/makeup stylist, program, menus, extra furniture rentals, and any extra decor. Should we cut out the honeymoon or the DJ? Or the dress? I have no idea what to do since we aren't having any fun extras already and are sticking to the bare bones of a wedding. I'm doing extensive searches looking for the best deals without compromising on quality but I honestly don't know what else to cut without sacrificing essential wedding things like the dress or the honeymoon (since those are likely the two most expensive things aside from venue and catering).