Quoting Bethany Umbel:" The themed wedding would be cheaper. We got quoted for the traditional reception at $5150. I wish Ohio ... [snip!] ... I wish Ohio had something like Vegas does so I could have my themed ceremony and then go straight to my traditional reception."
Do some research. Maybe you can find a drama club of some kind that could help with the themed wedding. Maybe a highschool drama class or something like that. If you can get creative, you can do it! Achieving your theme at home will probably be costly, but worth it if it is what makes you happy.
How many people are you planning on having come? And can the people you want there the most afford the trip etc? Just something to consider.