Hey girlfriends! I am in the midst of planning a summer 2015, beachy, clambake wedding and I am about to explode! I want a laid-back, unpretentious reception where we and our loved ones can eat, drink, dance and relax!! I find myself constantly crossing options off our list as many places have $20,000-$30,000 minimums for weddings. Yes, this is the most important day...but no, breaking the bank is not an option! We plan on 100-125 people, we will have open bar for beer and wine (maybe a signature cocktail or two, but not necessary). We are not against a Friday wedding to help cut costs either. We will be visiting Fosters (York, ME), Essex Conference Center (Essex, MA), Kittery Community Center (beach ceremony to precede reception), and Elks at Bass Rocks (Gloucester, MA). We spoke to the owner of Costal Critters in Camden, Maine, and would love to use him if we use a place that allows independent catering. His prices are great, he's experienced and his reviews are superb! Can anyone suggest any other sites, caterers, etc? Also, anyone know of any wedding planners in the area that may help get this done? I reallllly appreciate any and all help! Nobody told me how damn stressful this business is!