I think you should do what you are comfortable with and can afford - but I do recommend that you check out a few venues besides the Elks. When you figure out the cost of renting the elks, lighting it, and decorating it...you may find that there are some inexpensive venues that fit in the same budget. (Sometimes lighting and decor can add up to a lot!)Then again, you may find that the Elks looks gorgeous with the right decor! I'd say just shop around first, before you settle on Elks.I'm not sure what your budget is, but I have heard that Wickham Park (manchester) is inexpensive, as well as La Mirage, Villa Rosa, and Lily Lake Inn.HTH!