I'm becoming convinced that the entire wedding industry is set-up to make you either a) lose your mind or b) lose your mind and go completely broke. The Knot should itemize psychiatry bills in their budgeting worksheet.
After our nice meeting with the Ahwahnee wedding coordinator last weekend, Rob and I were pretty convinced that we'd found our location. There was an expensive "minimum" for having a wedding there on a Saturday night but it was still somewhat within our budget when you included the facility fees, food, drinks, cake, taxes, tip and room blocks as they said we could. But when it came to booking the actual day, that minimum suddenly only included catering. What a scam! I love my friends and family, but I'm not prepared to spend $200 per person just to feed everyone at this wedding. That's ridiculous.
I'm pretty heartbroken about not being able to have the wedding at the Ahwahnee. But if I'm already uncovering hidden catches at this early stage, I'm sure it would have only gotten worse. I've planned corporate events several times before and never encountered this kind of trouble. All I want is to get married in a nice spot with decent food and 75 guests. What is so crazy about that?
So it's back to the drawing board. Rob and I have to start all over again with our wedding planning. Until I book the venue, I can't really start on the colors and all the other fun parts. Does anyone have any fabulous venue recommendations for Northern California?