I read this article and it reminded me of a quote from "Fight Club": "The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide." If you want quality, you have to pay for it. This goes for anything: food, retail goods, services, etc. If it's not as important to you, why pay so much? And conversely, if it is important to you for your wedding (or any event), you have to pay for the quality of work that you want. Let me clarify... you can always get something cheaper
Also, I'm digging Pearls Events, super classy, Michigan based... but probably out of my reach due to price. But their blog is crazy awesome and I have found some fantastic ideas already.
My Baby Bird, Nateasa, recommended Offbeat Bride, and it's amazing. I highly suggest you check out this site, even if you aren't getting married--lots of beautiful weddings, lots of happy couples, and lots of alternative ideas and unique events. This recent post about a same-sex wedding in Ottawa is fantastic; the couple got just what they wanted, the venue they loved, and had a fantastic day celebrating their love.
My secret weapon for wedding planning, however, is Meg. My pen pal for over 4 years (at least that I can remember!) had a fabulous wedding while keeping costs down. I regret not being able to go because I'm a broke-ass hoe, but her wedding looked beautiful and classy, and in no way tacky because of the perfect balance of simplicity and spunk. I aspire to have my special day as beautiful as hers!
I suppose that's all for now... I need to get back to blogging regularly.