Hello fellow planners! My fiancé and I have been engaged for about a year and a half, and we are hoping to have our wedding on a Sunday in May 2014. The purpose of the long engagement has been solely to save money as we are recent graduates with no financial assistance for our wedding. It is getting close to "crunch time" in terms of planning, and we are frantically searching for a venue that is friendly on the wallet but has some sort of "natural" aspect (conservation centres, golf courses with nice natural scenery, etc.). We've looked at a few places, including 4 Seasons Golf & CC, Kedron Dells Golf Club, Jubilee Pavillion, Trillium Trails, Parkwood Estates, etc. but the latter two are out of our budget and/or have guest minimums that we will not meet (looking to have a max. of 80 guests).
Writing this out, I guess we have pretty specific criteria. We are currently leaning towards Kedron Dells, but I wanted to see if anyone else had any experiences with other venues.
P.S. I guess I forgot to mention we were initially looking at a $10k TOTAL wedding budget, but all of the venues we've looked at so far seem to be driving us up to the $15k mark.