My sister recently got engaged and made me (her sister) maid-of-honor. I've been trying to help her with our first step: finding a venue. She's becoming very stressed with all the options, and with finding places available for 2015. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Budget: She's not yet sure on the budget. I'm sure our parents will help out, but no one's putting out exact figures (my sister's a bit shy about things like that). Obviously, cheaper is better, especially if my sister and her fiance end up paying.
Food: My sister and her fiance would prefer a place that allowed external catering, as they would like a more relaxed BBQ style dinner (they'd love a pig-roast). Of course, if you know of a venue with this sort of catering, that would be good too.
Ceremony: My sister would like to have an outdoor ceremony, with a bad-weather back-up plan. This limits the times of year, as MI can be pretty cold Oct to Apr.
Reception: My sister would like an indoor reception, but would love one with an outdoor area (especially if they're roasting a pig). She's been looking at many barn-style weddings, but doesn't care if it's at a barn so long as it has patio or something similar.
If anyone knows of any places that would meet these requests (and aren't booked for 2015), we would greatly appreciate your help! Let me know if you have any questions.