CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) posted an article by Jennifer E. Jones titled Tales from the Bride: How to have a Wedding on a Shoestring Budget.
Jones tells the tale of a lady who was engaged to be married but didn't have anything saved for it. Luckily, her mother did. A whole whopping $5,000!
She then became obsessed with finding huge budget busters, and the article centered around two items: the wedding dress and the wedding cake. The article goes in-depth as to how she went about acquiring the dress.
Bottom line: no debt was incurred on the wedding and it was done within the $5,000 budget.
Here's the link again to the article. I highly recommend you check it out.
You may also check out my ebook 99 Ways To Have A Memorable Wedding On A Shoestring Budget (available on the Amazon Kindle) for other ways to save money on your wedding.