I'm planning a summer 2012 wedding on the Cape, and would love some advice on a venue idea.
We're considering renting a home that can sleep many people (say 15+), and has grounds that are large enough to house a tent etc. There are a few reasons for this: we'd love a wedding on the beach (or water), and we'll have family coming from out of the country, so planning a bit of a destination / gathering option is important to us. The ceremony/reception will be for about 100-120 guests.
We found one such rental, and I am in love with the venue. But I wonder what we'll be taking on in terms of all the organization. Other venues (Connamesset, Sea Crest, Falmouth Yacht Club, Dennis Inn, etc.) of course deal with so much for you -- catering, tents, linens/china, etc. Does anyone have an opinion about the merits or drawbacks of the option we're considering? Financially it's not that much different than many full-service venues, but I know that we'd be taking on a lot more leg work. Since I've not done this before I wonder if this will be too much. (We live out of state in NC, but my parents are local. I'm from Falmouth so I'll be familiar with the areas but not the vendors.)
Any advice heartily welcomed. (Hope I can return the favor for some brides before I'm done with this planning!)