You can definitely do a wedding for that much money if you are willing to do more leg work, set up, lots of shopping around, and purchasing/prepping the food yourselves. We are spending more than $5000 because we wanted a venue that would do most of the set up for us, take care of food in house and alcohol at a local winery here due to our families traveling as well as our work schedules. Our venue waived their site fee but we are paying a bit more for food. Had we gone with state park pavilion and done more of the items above, we would have definitely been able to stay within your budget.
A few money savers that we have found:
Family member giving us photography (they are professional photogs) as a wedding present
Found my dress on clearance off the rack for $200 and only needed $60 in alterations to fit from a local dress shop
Buying flowers from a local flower farm – $384 for 18 full centerpieces, chair flowers, my bouquet, bouts, and coursages where the grower is putting together everything except the centerpieces.
Invites from a local artist (1.65/invite) that are gorgeous. PM me if you would like her etsy page.
Having our ceremony and reception at the same place.
Things we decided to spend money on:
A full meal (big one!)
alcohol (we are at a winery… so it is beer and wine anyway)
BBQ the for everyone the night before
A nice place to stay near the venue (venue is ~1hr from our house)
DJ so that we wouldn’t have to coordinate and iPod
As many previous posters will say, set your priorities. Food, fun, and set up were a priority for us so we set our budget accordingly. Definitely find options that keep you within your budget and stick to your budget. A beautiful wedding is definitely doable within your budget!