To throw a really great wedding party, you need to have a reasonable budget. At the very least, your guests will probably expect a meal and a glass of wine; and these expectations can be easily achieved. If you want to save money on your ceremony or reception, you’ll need to think about location. I’ve attended plenty of weddings in the back yard of a relative, and not all of them were barbecues.
Still, not all of us can rely on the kindness of our relatives; so, when you are looking for a location, think outside the box. For example, sometimes it’s nice to get outside the city. Especially in BC, a rural location can be the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception, and it will likely have a limited impact on your budget.