My husband and I have been married for over 10 years now. We planned it ourselves and had a very low key wedding in beautiful Southern California by the beach. Our church looked over the ocean and our reception was across the street from our house in the community center. I admit I did most of these mentioned in this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-atterberry/20-wedding-musthaves-you-_b_5716699.html?utm_hp_ref=pt&src=sp&comm_ref=false
After reading how much we could've saved, it makes feel all the better that I didn't go insane on hundreds of other "must haves" wedding bloggers tell you to do.
My best advice is to use all your resources, friends and family and do it the way you want and not what everyone else says you "must have". You only live once and your wedding will be the most memorable because of it.