If you are planning a wedding but you don't have a big budget and you are stressed to the max, you could actually increase your chances of having a better marriage by spending less. Instead of going all out on your big day and spending thousands of dollars for a few hours of fun, you can have a beautiful and low key affair.

Having the wedding in a hall or outdoor area where it's free, like a backyard or cheap local club hall is a great way to save a ton of money because you can bring in your own food. Here are a few other easy ways to get cost estimates and save.

Call Equipment Rental Places

You can get tables and chairs, and even a tent, from an equipment rental place, and you'll have all of the seating and food tables you need for the big day. This is much cheaper than picking a large hall to host your event where you have to pay per head. You can even cover these tables yourself with tablecloths from a discount store, and tossing them at the end of the night will make for easy clean up.

Poll Your Family for Food

There should be a lot of family and friends that understand you want to conserve money on food for the wedding. They also may be willing to chip in. If you can get people to make things like pasta salad, regular salad, mashed or other potatoes, and even meat, it could be a great way to save a lot of money. You can keep the food costs to a bare minimum, and it allows you to customize your meal plan exactly like you want.

Don't Overdo the Decorations

You don't need to have tables full of fresh flowers and decorations all over the place. Instead, simple centerpieces and minimal décor can be very elegant. You can use lanterns that you buy at discount stores, and you should shop for previously used decorations on classified sites and local garage sale sites. You can also ask a friend who is crafty to help you make the things you want.

The more money you save on your big day, the more money the two of you will have to start your marriage together. Wasting a lot of money or going into debt may cause a lot of financial strains on your marriage, and that isn't how you want to spend your time while you are in the honeymoon phase.