"cheaper".... "paying for this ourselves"..... "on a budget"....
I have heard all of these and similar often. I completely understand trying to get the most value for what you are looking for; and even then different people place different value on different things.
There are a few things to be considered when looking at budgets for major events such as wedding / receptions, reunions, anniversary, corporate events etc... The responses to the above are:
"cheaper" - The ol