Invite only the people that are vital to you and your folks rather than everybody you know. Reserve a block of rooms for your visitors many months before the wedding for the best rates. When planning your rite and reception at a hotel, ask to talk to a chief who is responsible for these services. An executive should be in a position to supply the best rates for the hotel's services. Reception chair covers. Hostels and catering halls have their own "props" and centerpieces that they are ecstatic to loan.
On your marriage day stick to your schedule for your rite and reception. Musicians will charge more if asked to perform outside the time stated in their contract.