I have some more specific questions as I would like to get an idea of things before I start contacting venues, since I am planning from OOS.
I am heavily considering The Towers or North Beach, but I think our families would prefer The Towers. Also, I think it may have more room, which is good since most of our guests do not like to dance, but our Moms will definitely want to....and I think I just have to bite the bullet and get a DJ so they are happy (my wedding day is not all about me, my mom is definitely the pickier one, and me paying for this wedding is still cheaper than her paying for college. THAT was all about me). For me, a packed dance floor isn't the sign of a good party if everyone is uncomfortable on the inside. I know I like to dance in short bursts, myself.
Anyway...I have seen that the Saturday evening rate is 2400 (oh how frustrating that my fiance was a resident for so long, but not now). I have heard that you must rent tables through them. Does this go for linens too? Anyone remember any approximate rates? I would probably have seating for 90. I will also probably need buffet tables. I would love to skip the tables, but I think it's nice, even if you mingle, to 'your seat'
Also, does anyone know how strict their policy on leaving a box of items for the morning would be? I don't want one the well intentioned men insisting on forgoing the shuttle to help transport decorations when he insists he's okay to drive but shouldn't.
And of course....so I am looking at October. I want to go outside for cocktail hour weather permitting, but am fully prepared to enjoy the outdoor view from inside. Anybody know if you can reserve the patio only if the weather is nice, or do you lose your deposit on cocktail hour if it's windy.
Are ceremony's done in the same room as the reception?