So I'm currently planning a wedding for June 2011 here in Fort Wayne IN. This week my wedding planner and I have been scoping out some reception sites. Her favorite site so far is the Harrison meeting rooms at the Grand Wayne center. The catering is done exclusively by the Hilton. She likes this place best becuase it has a droped ceiling therefore allowing us "more" decorating ability then a lot of other reception sites here in Fort Wayne. My biggest issues are the hotel is almost completely booked for a convention that same weekend so its going to be very busy. Not a very private reception in my own opinion. Plus she says they have some of the best tasting catering in Fort wayne as well but the selection is only for plated dinners and is really fancy stuff. My fiancee and I are simple and looking over that list at home it was like "who wants to eat that?"
I really think I would prefer a place like Goegliens out north where it is more secluded from other people, they have parking available, as well as a wider range of food item that we actually want to eat. Besides, we aren't on a horrible tight budget but it would save possibly a couoply thousand dollars to have the reception out north rather then downtown. The main point of haing the reception at the hotel in the first place was to allow guests to drink freely at the reception and go straight to their rooms elimanting the need to travel but it seems more effective to have it somewhere alse and rent a trolly or bus to bring them back to the hotel. And with the convention going on that weekend the hotel doesn't have quite enough rooms for all of our guests so some would have to stay somehwere else.
My question(s) is really what would your opinion be? Especially if you are from the area and have experience with these places. We really want the decorating of the reception to be completly custumizeable, does Goegliens have a lot of restrictions on what you can do? Is there other places in town we don't know about yet? I wanted to get an outside opinion because I know I can get stuck on something and just not let it go, the hotel/grand wayne center might after all be the better choice
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