We had a fantastic 50 person wedding at around 10k! 😀
My dresses, shoes, veil-replacement, all accessories, etc. added up to less than $500. (Two dresses, a headpiece, my shoes, earrings, necklace, ankle bells, etc.) DH actually spent more than me on attire & accessories!!
We skipped a DJ, and made our own playlists, which worked out beautifully. We skipped live flowers and had centerpieces made from test tubes in racks with colored water and paper flowers – only a few dollars each. We got a few paper lanterns to hang, and I folded 1000 paper cranes. Very cheap decor if you have the will to do it.
We hired our photogs for only five hours – no getting ready (didn’t want it anyway) and just ending about an hour before the reception did. Worked out perfect, about $900.
Invitations and all papers were done via groupons with vistaprint, paid probably under $50 for ALL our paper products, invites, table cards, programs.
Favors were sandalwood hand-fans sold for a few cents each on amazon.
Cake toppers were $30 on etsy, probably about normal.
Our rings were hematite rings, very cheap, probably only a buck or two each. (He’s not a big jewelry person, I plan for my e-ring to be the star, we’ll upgrade someday but now is not the time to spend real money on this and I’m allergic to basically everything but platinum.)
The expensive part was our venue, which came with food and cake, but it was kind of a special local thing so it’s not super helpful anyway. (It’s an historic boat turned restaurant.) That was my biggest splurge – awesome food in a pretty locale for our guests.