I got married in Georgia, too! (Near Atlanta).
Our budget was about $5K (for ~75 people), and we stuck with it very closely. (The honeymoon was not counted in this total, and neither was the rehearsal dinner, which DH’s father hosted and I have no idea how much it cost.)
We chose catering from a local restaurant that is NOT in the “wedding business”, so they didn’t give us a huge markup for catering a wedding. It was just under $1000 for tons of delicious Italian food for 75 guests, including delivery and 2 servers to man the buffet stations and cut the cake.
We had a lunch reception, so prices were lower and less alcohol was needed. The only alcohol we served were 2 types of sangria (a peach white sangria and a strawberry red sangria), plus iced tea and lemonade – all of which we made ourselves, for <$100.
The venue was a gorgeous state park, that had a lovely big recreaction-hall type cabin, with full kitchen, fireplace, tables, and chairs, that we were able to rent for $250 per day. We rented it for 2 days, so that we could set up on Friday and have the wedding on Saturday.
We borrowed a ton of things from family (beatiful cake stands, drink dispensers, picture frames, even some faux flower arrangements for our guest book table and cake table)
My dress was more pricey than I would have liked, but I bought my crinoline used on ebay for 1/2 the cost of a new one, and Mother-In-Law made my veil.
I found our photographer on Thumbtack. I was AMAZED at what a wonderful job she did, for only $350! I think she was trying to get started in the wedding industry and had our date free, so she gave us a fabulous deal – much lower than her normal price, and far lower than the going rate in our area.