So I am new to the planning process, but I've talked to my fair share of vendors over the last few weeks and am finding it very hard not to get discouraged. I guess I am not used to the price shock of wedding costs yet, but I thought that our budget would go relatively far. I am finding that so many of the venues that I love have ridiculous food and beverage minimums and/or want you to use their outrageously priced in-house caterer. And so many places are already booked or are going fast for that time - I had no idea how quickly things book up!
Anyway, just needed somewhere to vent. Thanks for listening!
EDIT: We're planning on having our wedding in May 2011. I left that part out.