Hi! My Fiance and I got engaged on Christmas and have started to take the first couple of steps in the planning process! We pretty much have it narrowed down to two locations, but after tossing and turning for hours last night I can't decide which is the best option, so I'm hoping I could get some advice!!
A- LOVE this venue.. It's the first one we looked at and we absolutely love it. Tucked away in the mountains, with breathtaking views, also a lodge so no one has to leave after the reception. Around 30 minutes from most of our family. Cons: Expensive (these damn service charges!!!!) - Exactly double the price PP as option B. ALSO, can only hold MAX 130 guests. Our guest list right now is at 150, and we can definitely cut down, which will also save on costs, but even with 125 guests it is $5k more than option B.
B- REALLY LIKE this venue.. Great size, minimum is 125, so we can comfortably fit our list without having to cut.. Historic Inn with beautiful gardens and amazingly themed guest rooms. It is a little far from where most of our family will be coming from (max 1.5 hours for the farthest guests), but again, it is an inn where guests will be able to spend the night without having to get in their cars. Amazing price, where we can add additional extras and still come in under budget.
Some additional information: ceremony & reception will both be held in the same location.. looking at next April/May 2017!