Im from Oak Forest IL which I believe is abkout a hour from you. Perhaps you can try the DOLLAR TREE store that has items for $1 or Hobby Lobby has alot of sales where wedding stuff is 1/2 off not too mention lastly MICHAELS. Hope this helps! What are you planning on doing anyway for crafts maybe I can help you out.
I am in NYC. So reducing the price for a nice wedding is hard. I splurged on the hall I wanted I found a great place that does the limo, DJ, photo and video all for 4,000. Bnow I need to cut back on the other items.
Joann's and Michael's have some useful stuff on there. Michael's shows you how to make your own veil. The frugal bride link someone else provided has a bunch of stuff, like invitations and centerpieces. (We're just going to get some dollar store vases (they have some decent ones there, surprisingly) and put floating candles in them. Nice, elegant, CHEAP. Oh and Joann's (www.joann.com) has a book that apparently teaches you how to make a wedding cake. It's $16.99. I think I'll just go to the classes, personally, but I may glance over the book next time I'm there.