Th wedding was very nice. The officient (a local minister) did an excellent job. There was enough weight to the ceremony that it felt like a real wedding. In all it took about 30 minutes. The receptions was lovely. There were lots of apatizers, and champaign reined freely. No lousy 1 ounce toast. By the time the 3rd bottle was being opened we both declined any more booze. I don't drink much anyways, and in the hot tropical sun the stuff was going down far to easy. I didn't want to get sick. The pictures were taken immediately afterward and took about an hour. We then changed into our swim attive and hung out with our family during the afternoon enjoying the tropical waters and beach. In the evening we all got dressed up again and there was already a table reserved. With the restaurants being all you can eat, all you can drink, we didn't have to worry about any of our guests. Everyone could order what they wanted.
In the end we had a fanastic wedding and it cost my wife and I about $3500 back in 2000. That included all the wedding pictures (and we got the negatives), the video, and all the food and drink for 5 days. Most of my friends dropped a minimum of $15K and many spend more than $25K.
After we got married and we were at our reception my mother-inlaw made the joke: "I thought this was supposted to be a cheap wedding." We all burst out laughing because I knew what she ment. In total about $15 was spent between all 8 of us. The difference was that everyone was on vacation for a better part of a week for that money. It was a great time. Enjoy and good luck!