Hello! I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago, so this is my first post! I'm trying to get the ball rolling on planning our wedding for April or May 2013 but it all seems to pivot around the venue, and that seems to be the hardest choice. I feel like I've looked up every wedding venue in the valley and most of them are golf clubs and resorts that are waaaayy outside of our budget (around $10k, by the way). So I was just wondering how you all chose your venues. Was it an easy decision or a tough one? What factored into your eventual decision?
So far I'm most interested in the Desert Botanical Gardens (except it seems to have a lot of rules), Boojum Tree (except the vendors list is pretty tiny/it looks expensive), the Wright House (except we were btiten by a zillion mosquitoes when we toured the place), and Stonebridge Manor. We're trying to keep it las laid back as possible -- if we knew anyone with a great backyard, we'd do it there! I can't seem to find any place that fits my dream wedding -- an outdoor ceremony and reception, maybe under a tent, with expansive views of the desert.