I've been on the wedding venue hunt for the past two months and am starting to get discouraged. The fiancé and I are based in NYC, but we're looking to get married next year in Western Mass./Upstate NY/Southern VT area where he's from. We're also looking at the Finger Lakes, as my family is from Syracuse area and my mom is pushing hard for that area.
We've been looking at places in Lenox, Lee, Pittsfield, and Holyoke MA, as well as some places in NY like Schenectady, Saratoga and Cambridge and Manchester and Bennington VT. So far we haven't found a single thing that fits our needs and budgets and we've looked at all of the usual suspects mentioned on these boards (Log Cabin/Delaney, Berkshire Hill Country Club, Bucksteep Manor, Look Park, Crissey Farm, The Kemble Inn, The Inn at Manchester, etc.).
We want someplace where we can get married outdoors and have the reception either in a tent outdoors or inside in a room with lots of windows. We're looking at a guest list of about 125-175 people right now and we have a grand total of $12,000 TOTAL (so for food, drinks, DJ, flowers, venue, etc.) to spend. I'm looking at Belhurst castle right now, but I still don't have specifics on their packages so I don't even know if they fit our budget. That's the only place I've found in all of my searching that looked like it might be mildly feasible, and even that might be a stretch.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me of places in any of the regions listed above that aren't frequently mentioned on these boards that might be able to accomodate the wedding I'm dreaming of? I need more places and not being from the area, have no clue what I'm doing or where to even start looking.
Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. Starting to get really discouraged and frustrated, when all I really want to do is just enjoy the engagement. Help!