Some ideas for a small wedding on a budget include having an outdoor wedding, having friends and family help with the ceremony and reception, and being your own DJ. Keeping things simple and skipping a theme or expenses like bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts also helps to cut costs.
Keeping the guest list short is one of the best ways to keep a wedding within a specified budget. Invite only close friends and family and ask them to help with jobs such as catering, entertainment, and flowers. A friend could even act as the ceremony officiant which not only helps to alleviate the associated costs of vendor contracts, but also keeps people who are important to you involved in the big day.