Hello, all. I have been struggling and really need to find a venue so things can start falling into place. I looked at least 2-3 hours in every direction of South Bend, IN (where his family is from) and Fort Lauderdale, FL (where my family is from). I have no planner or bridal party, so I am doing everything myself. I'm thinking the wedding will be June of 2015, and it will be very small and intimate (30-40 people, like half are their children). So the wedding space needs to be cozy enough to not have us drowning in a 250 person space, you know? The kids are particular eaters so an outside caterer was a must, but I can't find anything that allows it and works for us.
The venue itself I was looking to spend $1000 or less on, since I plan on customizing with my own details like chiavari chairs, but any tables or chairs or equipment included would be fantastic and I could possibly increase the budget a little if things like a planner, sound equipment, and stuff is part of the package price. I have already cut so many things out of my dream wedding trying to make this work. The search has been one thing after another, constant letdowns due to it being out of budget, no decorations allowed, too far, too big, and so on. I'm very open to all types of spaces. Any help would be greatly appreciated.