FH and I have just booked our venue- a large family-reunion retreat that is exactly what we're looking for- it's casual, budget friendly, with lots of room for dancing and other activities and we'll be able to use what ever vendors and decor we like. My FMIL, however, absolutely hates our venue. She has very strong opinions on how things should and should not be done and she believes that weddings must be in ballrooms. According to her, anything less immediately becomes "country bumpkin." (To clarify- FH and I are paying for the wedding). She has been very judgemental of the majority of our ideas, but we're hoping that maybe if we can get her to at least warm up to the venue, she'll come around to the rest (a girl can dream)
How can we bring her around to seeing how wonderful our day will be and accepting a more diy, laid back (but still appropriately hosted) wedding style?