Hello ladies! I am just starting to plan my wedding so this is my first post. I recently came up with the guest list so the next step for me is looking at venues. I have 15k to work with but I am hoping that this budget can also include a honeymoon so I am hoping to keep the wedding costs around 12k. This will be for 250 people and will be for either the spring or fall of 2015 and I am looking anywhere in the Cincinnati area or anywhere nearby the city. I am hoping to find a venue where I can have both the ceremony and reception in the same location and hopefully have an outside wedding with an inside reception. I have two questions, first of all, can anyone think of a good location that fits this description for my price range? My second question is, would all of you ladies out there recommend going with a facility that offers a packaged deal that includes food/alcohol/ect in the cost of the venue or do you think I could save enough money to make it worth the extra hassle to rent a lodge or banquet hall and coordinate everything else myself? I feel like I really do not know how to go about planning such a big event so I was hoping I could get some help! Any suggestions or input would be welcome! Thank you!