Beach wedding save your $ yet have a romantic beach wedding or by water depending on where you are ! & a great honeymoon , organise it yourself and have a great day ! ( less stress ) We got married on a monday morning ,went on a cruise for our honeymoon.
I would say.....Its your day ,enjoy it but only have what you can comfortably afford , No matter what the cost is be it a day on a budget or a fancy expensive wedding ..when its all over all that is left are the photographs and the memories of a lovely day ....My son had a budget wedding and my daughter had a rather expensive one BUT the pictures on my wall tell me that they both had a fantastic day to remember !!
Something in the middle... a small but elegant wedding with family and a few close friends. Keep decorations simple (or non-existent if your venue already has a 'formal' look about it). That way you get all the fun of a formal wedding (& beautiful wedding pictures) without budget-blowing expenses.