Borrowed a friends car and Drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Eloped in Las Vegas for 48hrs and saw change from $500 for the entire event, wedding, hotel, license etc etc
I got married at 23 years old - and we had NO money between us ....
we celebrate our 19th anniversary together this year.
DON'T WASTE BIG BUCKS on a huge wedding or reception you can't really afford.
Keep it, friends, family and people you WANT around you on the day. Do it right, keep it simple and save your money. Just my .2c worth.