I live in Wis. also. We had a “Double Wedding” with some close friends – we decided to get married the same day so we had everything together…the ceremony, reception, everything.
So it only cost 1/2 of what it would of. We had 2 live bands also…food was made by friends, married in a beautiful park with a stream and bridge….free beer all night for everyone….dresses….2 huge cakes made by a friend who is great at that… For a double wedding the total cost was $600.00 approx.
for everything. (our cost $300.00 or so). If you look around and go frugal you can do it without making it look “cheap”.
For our “limo” a friend let us use his 1964 black covertible which is a collectors and that was his gift to us.