I was going to get married in OR but we decided to move it to here. We would like to have it in the cities but are willing to have it be a reasonable distance away. We actually live in Bemidji.
Our original venue had just a food minimum of $5k. We could have the ceremony there at no cost, no room rental, and catering was reasonable. I cannot seem to find anything like that here. If there's no exorbitant rental fee, the catering is, or there's hidden insane costs. Plus we're running into the issue of places being booked solid since this is kind of last minute, so hidden gems that are less likely to be taken would be great. We would love to find a place where we could have an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Or possibly a nice garden to have a ceremony in with a nearby hotel to have the reception in.
I liked the Crowne Plaza and they are one of very few places without a rental fee, but then the food costs over $45 pp if you want much of anything at all. Some parks cost something like $350, but then there's chair rentals, and often a lot of rules. I am getting so frustrated! Any ideas?