Heyskippie, I understand your frustrations, searching for the right venue is very time consuming and can be disappointing when you can't find your perfect spot that's actually affordable. Anymore most places either have their own catering or a list of approved caterers. Finding a venue that will allow outside food is rather difficult, not impossible, but difficult. Checking with the parks department is a good suggestion. However I’m in Indiana
myself so weather is a hit or miss around here! Perhaps some legions may even allow it.
If you cannot find a location that will allow you to bring in your food, there are some tricks to the trade. Do you have a date set? Some venues will be more willing to negotiate their food pricing if you get married on a day that’s not Saturday or if you marry outside of wedding season (May-Oct).
You can marry in the morning and have a brunch reception. Or if you would prefer afternoon an hors d’oeurve reception will save on costs as well. If you have your heart set on full meal, ask your venue what options they have available in a price range that you’re comfortable with.
I could go on and on! If you would like to talk more, I’m only about 2 hrs north of you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to offer any advice that I can. If you would like we can talk about your budget and if you have to squeeze in a catering bill, I can help you find other areas that you can make cuts without sacrificing the beauty of your wedding. Send me an email and I’ll be more than happy to call you, that way you don’t have to pay the long distance.
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