I recently became engaged in November and started venue hunting. Our max budget is 10k for everything for about 150 guests. We've found venues that would do well with it- mainly banquet halls, since outdoor venues such as barns become expense with all the outsourcing. My question is, to those that have done banquet halls wedding have you done expensive photographers even though the "view" isn't all that grand? Or have you gotten a basic photographer to just capture moments and not the view a hotel/outdoor venue would lend itself too?
Also- does anyone have any other suggestions outside of banquet halls? I fell in love with Ranch Believe however, once I started adding up catering, alcohol, dress, etc I would be way over 10k.