We have a small budget for our wedding and a lot of random issues that aren't helping. We both have huge families, so we've decided on no kids who aren't in the wedding party. Our daughter (2 at time of wedding) will be the flower girl, his niece will be a brides maid (6th grader, so a mini brides maid), and his best friends son will be the ring bearer (he's 2 weeks older than our daughter). Not allowing kids instantly cut down, but excludes most of our family. We'd like to be able to include more but on our budget I'm having a hard time finding something that allows that. So...what is our budget? $5,000. Not much I know, but I can't justify spending a ton on a wedding when we have a new car and I'll be in my last year of school at the time of the wedding. We found a great venue for the ceremony at the Kellogg Manor, but it will eat up $800-1000 of our budget. That leaves $4,000 for everything else and we don't want to make the guests travel far for the reception. I don't know if I should change my ceremony location and not get married on the water, even though we both really want that, or ask people to drive or just start from scratch again. I've already accepted that I'll have to find a dress cut that works on me and buy a dress online for a lot less to keep from breaking the bank and I'm find with making all my own centerpieces, etc. It's one year away so I have time as long as I can nail down the details of where and what the rules are for decorating.
So I need help. Are there any Kalamazoo brides out there who know of nice venues for receptions that have both an indoor area and an outdoor yard area (we have yard games as part of our theme) or an inside area that can be set up separate for our yard games and things. There is also the issue of catering. If it's in house catering it has to have vegetarian options other than lasagna because I hate veggie lasagna, and he does not want the reception in a restaurant. Any ideas??? I'm warn out from looking for the past few months.