I was lucky enough to have my dream wedding! My in-laws have a cabin in the mountains right on the river, so their back yard was the perfect venue for the ceremony. Then a nearby hall for the reception. Only invited family and a very few close friends. No bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, or wedding party of any kind. Lunch buffet for the reception, with the worlds most amazing cupcakes for dessert. No dancing, no bouquet throwing. I made the decorations myself, and the wedding favors (boxes of cookies). Floor-length dress I bought from a department store, worn with a pair of purple Vans that matched my husband’s. Kids were allowed, but we had a babysitter stationed inside to watch any kids whose parents didn’t want the hassle of keeping them quiet during the ceremony (three or four took us up on it). It was as small and simple as you can get short of eloping, and I was able to plan it myself, inexpensively and completely drama-free.
If I could go back, the only thing I would do differently is hire a professional photographer. We had a couple family members who are good with a camera who got some good shots, but I feel like a pro would have captured a lot of moments that we overlooked.