This is my first post here.
I never spent any time thinking about my wedding and now that I have to, I am close to having an aneurysm after just 4 weeks of looking at dates and venues. I live in the SF Bay Area and my fiancee is from Atlanta, GA. My idea of our wedding is an outdoor ceremony and outdoor or barn reception. Everything should be rustic/natural with a lot of greenery - so either a barn venue or a winery etc. I have a hard time liking anything else so this is my number one priority.
So from a weather perspective we're tied to May- October 2013, which unfortunately, is my event season at work, leaving me with blackout weeks every month throghout. On top of that we have family and friends sitting on wedding dates in between which we have to schedule around, leaving me with basically not a single weekend between May and October to get married on without stepping on someone's feet or risking not having his friends at the wedding. Can I have a November outdoor wedding in the SF Bay Area or will that mean pneumonia for everyone?
On top of this, ATL venues I liked are all booked throughout 2013 already and the ones I looked at in wine country here I can't afford. I've already spent 4 weeks on this and am basically back to square one with no clue what to do. We're officially getting married in city hall next month already but I really wanted the big wedding for friends and family next year, which is now falling apart.
Am I doing it wrong?? I never imagined it would be this hard to find a venue and date, it's making my brain explode.
Should I hire a planner to do all this and present results and prices to me or is that going to break my budget entirely?