Weddings should be a beautiful and joyous occasion. One spent celebrating the union between two people who choose to spend the rest of their lives together on this earth. The focus should be on love. Not on how much money was spent.

And such a joyous occasion shouldn’t have to put two people in debt for years to come. That’s why more and more people are opting to spend less on their big day.

There are all kinds of things you can do to skirt around the traditional costs of a wedding. And you can do it without skimping on quality. After all, the amount of money you spend has nothing to do with the amount of love you have.

Here are 30 things people did to spend $5000 or less on their dream wedding: