Once you have an idea of your style and your budget, you will begin a balancing / juggling act to see how you can fit the real essentials of what you want into your budget.
You need to figure out how you’re going to allocate your budget, so think about what’s most important to you: Do you want a really fantastic professional photographer, are you willing to take a chance on an up and coming photographer who will be more affordable, or are you ok with friends and family taking photos? Do you feel strongly about wanting to serve a meal? Open bar, beer and wine only, or no alcohol? For most people it’s hard to not get caught up in the temptation of all of the wedding industry marketing around weddings. I encourage you to evaluate your choices in light of what you agreed at the beginning was most important. Will program fans or chair bows really bring you joy on the day of your wedding? Maybe, and that’s ok. Just be willing to keep prioritizing things until you are within your budget. Want more food/alcohol? Change the floral arrangements on the tables to single flowers in bud vases. You get the idea.