I agree now days weddings have gotten out of hand. My best friend had a very simple cheap wedding but it was very nice. Cutest part was when I took her bouquet for the vows the best man sat a chair down for the groom so the bride and groom where eye leel (she's in a wheel chair). Even the top of the cake had a groom carrying the bride (so she was not offended by the bride standing).
Now I've been to the high end wedding to. My ex boyfriends parents took $50,000 on there house to pay for their daughters wedding. We all flew out to Colorado, stayed in the most expensive hotel for 4 days. She married on the military base she was stationed. the rehersal dinner was in an expensive location and the reception were plated 4 course meals.
I personally want the outdoor spring wedding. something small and peaceful. The wedding is just the party, the marriage is what its all about.