Um, yeah that is totally possible! We spent right around $5000 for our wedding with 150 guests. Our ceremony venue (an old, incredibly cool, historic church) cost $250 and our reception venue cost $300. That $300 also included tables and chairs. Granted, our reception venue was a church fellowship hall, it was a very nice fellowship hall, with our caterer having access to the kitchen. Our meal cost somewhere around $10-$12 a plate (I forget exactly) and included 2 meats, 2 (or was it 3?) sides, and 2 salads, along with faux silverware and faux glass plates and heavy paper tableclothes that looked like the real thing. There was also a punch fountain included in the price, as well as iced tea, coffee, tea, etc. We had no alchohol whatsoever, simply because it was a Mennonite wedding, and there was 1 person there who would have actually had anything to drink. And, also because it was a Mennonite wedding, there was no dancing, so therefore no need for a DJ. All the entertainment we had was a slideshow, an open mike, and a picture corner.
We ordered our flowers through Costco, which has amazing prices, and a friend DIYed them for free. Our total flower bill was $600 and we had a LOT of flowers- the florist wasn’t sure what to do with them all! Besides the bouquets (for me and the 3 BMs), the bouts, coursages, etc., we had a huge arrangement outside the church (the church itself really didn’t need much in the way of floral arrangements), a nice centerpiece for the head table, an arrangement on every one of our 20 guest tables, flowers on top and around the cake, as well as different arrangements scattered around the fellowship hall.
My dress cost $540 and the BMs dresses cost about $40 a piece- I bought their fabric and a pattern and they were responsible to either make them themselves or find someone else to sew them. The groomsman wore matching khaki pants with black shirts and my husband wore a $100 (?) suit coat, white shirt, black jeans, and his cowboy boots.
Our photographer cost $720 with tax and that included prints of all our 800 something proofs!
Our invitations were designed by a a graphic artist friend and cost the price of the paper. We printed them on my husband’s HP Photosmart 3310 printer. Our envelopes were recycled brown paper bags and I forget what exactly I paid for them, but it was fairly inexpensive.
I can’t really think of anything else right now, but you get the idea. Maybe it sounds boring and tacky to you, but to this day I get compliments on how nice our wedding was. One of my friends, whom is known to have good taste, says ours was one of the most beautiful weddings she’s ever attended. I think all that matters is that you are surrounded by people that love you and want to celebrate with you. They probably aren’t going to notice if everything coordinates to a ‘t’! Enlist talented friends to help and you will save yourself a lot of dough- not that you should only be friends with someone so they will give you free stuff for your wedding, but you get the point! 😉