The key to the budgeting is compromise. The bride will usually prefer all the best accessories and dresses where as the groom will be more financially conscious of the whole process. So, they need to meet somewhere in between to accomplish what they both want. A good rule of thumb is to comprise on quantity not quality. The quality of the wedding is what will be remembered by all. It is very possible to have a beautiful classy wedding on a tight budget, just be careful of how many guests are inviting. Having a budgeting sheet is helpful, so you may want to divide the sheet in categories such as the ones below.
Taking action can be the hardest part to the entire process. Just getting started is what stops most people dead in their tracks, content with wishing and blaming their situation on anything else. Truth is, if you never take action, you can't ever get past the wishing stage. So how do you get started? You need to first state to yourself that you will take action. Action is what will be required of you to make your financial goals a reality. Next, you need to discuss your plans with someone else. It can be anyone, whether a partner, your children, a friend or even a co_worker. Telling someone about it gives you accountability towards your goals and doesn't let you off the hook for it.