We have been trying to find a venue that will fit our needs and we are having trouble. We are planning this from out of state and it makes seeing the venues very hard. We are expecting about 120 guests and about half of the guests will be from out of town as well. The time frame we are looking for is Fall 2013 and we want a Saturday night.
We have a budget of round 10,000 for food and venue. It would be nice if we could have the ceremony in the same place as well. Due to having so many out of town guests, we would also like to be able to stay at or very near the place, but we dont want to have a reception in a chain hotel. We dont want a tented reception, it must all be inside. If we could do a bring your own beverage type thing, we would like that. Something that would really put it over the top for us would be to be able to have a campfire during the reception, so we would need an outdoor area to go to.
I know this is a bit of a hard list to accommodate, but a few of the places we have been considering are Whispering Pines Conference Center, Warren Conference Center a bit too expensive, Arrowhead Acres, Johnson and Wales Inn, and because it looks simply breathtaking, Shalin Liu at the Rockport Music Center.
Thank you for any suggestions and personal experiences with any of the above places is much appreciated.