I'm getting so incredibly discouraged trying to find a venue, and I would love some advice/encouragement... FI and I have checked out 10 venues so far...
Tekoa CC, Oakridge CC, La Renaissance, Chez Josef, Spfld Marriott, The Cove, Mill On The River, Twin Hills CC, Log Cabin, and Storrowton Tavern (at the Big E)...
We're trying to find a place in our budget that's still nice and doesn't have 2 time slots per day for weddings... apparently, this is an impossible task and I have a feeling I ultimately just can't afford what I truly want.
We want to get married on a Saturday in May 2013. We're going to have a Catholic church ceremony (around 2ish) with an evening reception.
Some of the venues we've looked at do 2 weddings per day, so the evening time slot doesn't start until 6pm or there abouts. This doesn't work b/c there's too much time in between ceremony and reception...
We're looking to spend a total around $18,000-20,000, so I'm hoping to keep the venue (and whatever is included in the package) to $11,000-12,000 max. Therefore, a few of the places we've looked at have turned out to be slightly out of our price range (my parents, who are paying for the majority of the wedding, would like an open bar all evening, so I am factoring that into the venue budget as well).
We're hoping to find a place that doesn't look run down / old / in need of a lot of TLC... so that has eliminated one or two from our search that we've been less than impressed by...
We thought we'd decided on a place... but in trying to set up an appointment to actually book the venue and sign a contract, we've been playing a lot of phone tag... then had our appt cancelled (via voicemail) with a promise of a call back which we're still waiting on... giving us the impression that we should keep looking for a different venue as I don't want to spend the next year and several months being frustrated that I'm not getting the service I should be for spending this kind of money.
Any thoughts? Am I being too picky or unrealistic? Any amazing venues we haven't checked out yet (in the Western MA or Enfield/Windsor-ish CT area)?
A few other notes of what we're hoping to find:
We're hoping to find a place where we wouldn't have to then hire an outside caterer... mostly b/c I haven't been looking for caterers in my search and that would just be one more thing to figure out at this point and I'm starting to lose my sanity.
We're also looking for something for an indoor reception (hopefully with some form of outdoor element to at least have the option of guests going outside)... We're not really interested in a tented, outdoor reception... I'm too paranoid about rain, etc.
Any help would be sincerely appreciated!!! Thanks!!!
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