Thomas Jefferson thought of himself as a man of the frontier and was keenly interested in expanding and exploring the West.  Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 doubled the size of the nation at the cost of $15 million, or about $ per acre ($240 million in 2016 dollars, less than 42 cents per acre).  Federalists opposed the expansion, but Jeffersonians hailed the opportunity to create millions of new farms to expand the domain of land-owning yeomen ; the ownership would strengthen the ideal republican society, based on agriculture (not commerce), governed lightly, and promoting self-reliance and virtue, as well as form the political base for Jeffersonian Democracy . 
I am getting married in 2 weeks–EEK!
Here is what I have found for our wedding:
*Reception and Ceremony in the same venue- a building on the fair grounds– this saved money on the venue b/c churches cost a fortune
*borrowing centerpiece vases and table clothes from friends
*printed and put together our own invitations- i even when to the post office to see what size the envelope had to be for normal postage
*borrowing a veil from a friend
*bought converse all stars for my shoes- more comfortable and fit my personality– lesson here- buy shoes that YOU like, not what is the norm
*hire a high school/college kid who is studying photography for the pictures- ours cost and we get all the copyrights and the cd
*price match at craft stores
*look for deals if you are getting favors- we got custom guitar picks (my fiance is a guitar player) and i think we spent total for 300 picks- i waited til there was a sale and free shipping
*forgo the tuxes- our guys are wearing dress shirts and ties. the only one wearing a suit is the groom, my dad, and his dad.
*instead of cake do something different like a dessert bar (where everyone brings a dessert) or a cookie bar- we are doing a cookie bar and i have been baking 1-2 batches at night and freezing them. we will have a small cake for the cake cutting.
*check out local printing companies for programs or invitations. most of the time they are VERY reasonable.
*keep it simple!