You might want to have a small intimate ceremony but plan some kind of larger gathering, a "reception" separately for those friends, co-workers etc who would like to help you celebrate.
It can be outdoors at a park with a covered area in case of lousy weather, with cake & punch.
Or maybe you have a relative who's membership with the VFW or a fraternal organization has a hall for a small fee, and your friends buy their own drinks. You could just serve appetizers. Those same friends or your relatives - aunts, cousins, whatnot might be willing to bake some cookies or make lumpia etc to serve. Invites should state a time like please join us to celebrate the marriage of XXX & ZZZ from 3 to 5 pm at location A. That way no one expects much food because it's not during a meal time. There are lots of options that are not costly can still be in good taste, and allow your friends and acquaintances to feel like they are a part of this important event in your life.
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