Wow, great thread! I have been busy reading through all the different threads since I got engaged in Dec 2011 and have only found this today!
I have 11 months to go until the big day but being a bit obsessed with planning I've already organised and booked a lot of things.
This thread has confirmed a few things I have decided not to spend money on which is very reassuring:
Cars - our ceremony and reception are in the same location and photos were going to be taken in the gardens of the venue. The only need for a car is when we're leaving the reception so my FH will just drive us to our hotel in our car
Videographer - Both my FH and I hate being filmed and I've been to plenty of weddings where the videographer just got in the way of everyone!
Disposable cameras - as much as I love 35mm cameras and the great quality photos they take I also now how expensive it is to develop them! I went to a wedding recently where the bride and groom actually had USB sticks at the tables so that guests could download their digital photos and send them back. A great idea considering a 2G USB stick would only cost a few dollars.
My biggest money saver is on stationery. Card making is passionate hobby for me and I have been looking forward to making the invites since day one!
I can't believe people are spending in the excess of $9-$15 per invite for companies to make them when it doesn't cost anywhere near that much to actually make! My invites are actually quite complicated but still only costs me $3 per invite to make, it's just time that I am investing to make them.
My next decision at the moment is whether I want to spend money on centrepieces and if so, what the centrepieces would be. My venue can provide flower centrepieces but it will be whatever flowers they can get in the days prior so not necessarily in the colour theme. Some should I buy my own flower centrepieces, hire some centrepieces or make the cnetrepieces myself?
Looking forward to the continual fun of planning!