I am having a small wedding with around 30 people and its coming in under $2000
everyone is flying in from interstate and have organised accommodation, I did the ground work for that for them and gave them suggestions with various costs in mind.
my dress I got for $100, I am not having a traditional dress, so went for one from the bridesmaids section of the store and found exactly what I wanted, so my suggestion for your dress is look at bridesmaids or formal dresses, cuts the costs down in a big way and you can get them in white or ivory etc
flowers I am having silk flowers, because I have allergies too, I am putting together three different sorts of flowers into the bouquet and thats costing $25 with me doing it
attendants, we are having one each, both our sons are being our witnesses and they have their own suits (its not an issue if they are matching but they are wearing dark suits so thats fine)
our celebrant cost $395, and he had a special on at the time we booked him so that helped, it would normally have been $550, thats seems to be the average cost of a celebrant but do your research on this.
my partner already had his suit so no cost there
our wedding rings, we wanted claggagh rings and searched the internet to find the ones we wanted and ordering them now, with postage they will cost $120
transport: we are just having one of our guests drive me to the ceremony, no one will see the car so no point in spending unnecessary costs on that.
it cost us $60 for the permit for the rotunda
my hair and makeup (including trials) is $140 and I am going to the hairdressers rather than them come to me (again extra costs included there)
our reception is a lunchtime one, depending on final numbers it will be at the hotel across from the park or if more than expected arrive then it will be lunch at our house with deli platters from woolworths and some chickens and salads.
our cake we didnt want a mudcake as we both dont like them so ordering a sponge cake from local bakery and having a few other cakes as well.
photographer is my niece (professional photographer)
you will need to think of tables and chairs for the reception, check out hire places for those.
invitations, guest book, programs and tears of joy tissue packs I have done myself, check out the internet for printable or download templates for these, there are heaps out there.
it can be done, with a lot of research and diy.