Here's an idea; instead of starting with the biggest wedding budget expense (usually your venue and catering or receptin hall), start with the only thing you need (well, besides your future spouse, that is!) That would be your license. Then add the next thing you need; your fabulous wedding officiant (in NJ, we don't have Justices of the Peace, but some mayors and judges can marry you, in addition to all clergy and ordained independent officiants). Then work your way to the next thing you need to figure out; your guest list and the place you can afford to host them. Then add decor, music, photography, in the order that they're important to you. is it a different way of looking at things? It sure is, but it will assure you have the things you need without spending more money on your wedding that you want to spend.