Help Please: Orlando Wedding/Reception Venue
UPDATE: I am getting married in 3 weeks and everything is squared away! :)
I posted this originally on the main forums, but thought you all might be able to help.
I don't know where to start other than I hate drama and FI's family is sure causing a lot. Anyway, his family is giving him grief about not inviting his aunt and uncle who he is not close to and his sister (my BM) is whining about not being able to invite her boyfriend. Mind you...we are having 35 people, are paying for it ourselves and the max our private room can hold is 37, which includes FI and myself. So...we have NO room and we can't keep adding people. Plus the only people we are inviting either are single, are engaged, or are married. No one is bringing a date because everyone will know at least one person there. Believe me, I wish I had the budget to invite more people...but since we are paying for it ourselves and are very strapped for cash it is difficult. I know a lot of you girls are in the same boat.
FI comes to me tonight and told me he is willing to give up three seats of his very close friends in order to accommodate the above. This angered me to no end and said that is not fair, if your family want you to invite more people they need to start chipping in to help and find another venue. We have already put down a deposit for the ceremony and a cc to hold for the reception. I've emailed the hotel coordinator several times re: my situation and if she has options for me with no reply yet.
I have 6 months until the wedding and I'm thinking I might need a backup plan. If I can find a cheaper venue that holds more people then I'm all for it. So if anyone knows of a place for 40-50 people that is very inexpensive...please let me know! Right now, we are having the reception in the hotel restaurant, so there is no rental fee. And it is $25 pp. I really don't want to move anything at this point, but who knows what will happen. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ladies!!!