My fiance and I just found out that the venue we were supposed to have our wedding was forced to close. We are receiving our deposit back and are now forced to find a new venue...that's if we want to find a new venue. The place we had was amazing! It was a house rental meant for weddings with a barn and a huge yard, including a horseshoe pit (what he wants the most). It was the perfect place to us for a wedding.
We are stuck between the choice of finding a new place, having a backyard wedding, or just cancelling the whole thing and having a very small ceremony with close friends and immediate family. The problem with trying to find a new venue is nothing compares to what we found the first time (including the price, our budget is $5000 for EVERYTHING), and I'd rather not have the backyard wedding. I'm highly considering having a smaller intimate wedding, but we already sent out our save the dates to our 100+ guests. How do we tell them that we cancelled our wedding without sounding selfish?
Any advice would be helpful, thanks!