I can't even remember what my wedding cost, but it was well under $500. Let's see... marriage license was... $75? JoP was $250... parent took care of the reception which was hamburgers, brats, and stuff that usually goes with that. I think there was a keg which was funny because neither my wife nor I drink (which is just as well because I got diabetes a year or two later and you aren't supposed to drink at ALL if you've got that), but I've got Irish relatives on one side and German relatives on the other, so beer is pretty mandatory.
All in all, it was short, simple, and awesome. My brother had a big wedding and it was nothing but hassle. It had it's moments, but most people that went to both kinda prefered mine. I know I did.