My parents paid for mine
No guilt I think it cost 10% of their cash savings and they had always said they would. I could have had an expensive wedding but actually it was cheap
I think getting married in a registry office with a smaller group and then doing an event later for the masses saves loads as then you don't need a licenced venue.
I didn't even realise a mate had done this. I assumed I'd watched him get married but actually it wasn't a legal ceremony.
My wife and I ran our own service in a deconsecrated church. We did readings and sang songs and made up our own vows. Sister decorated the church with foraged stuff
No photographer. Dad said the meal cost about the same as buying a pub meal for each person
We paid for wine but not a free bar as myself and so many cousins had been getting out of order at other weddings feeling obliged to drink loads as it was free