Stressed finding a reception venue

why is it so hard to find a nice wedding reception venue!! 

Why is it so hard to find the decorations to turn a naff place into somewhere nice!! 

Why do venue holders make it so hard to find somewhere?? 


So let me explain about our big day... (or days as it will become apparent) 

We have not told anyone that we are getting married and we plan on the wedding being a surprise! 

For the ceremony, we are having in a hotel, telling the direct family to meet us there as we have paid for a family meal. they turn up, get over the shock, we get married, have afternoon tea, chill, then just do our own thing. 

Then the big 'we got a married thing, yey!' we tell everyone then invite all the other family and friends we have to the reception a few weeks later but we can not find anywhere nice to hold this that is not going to cost the earth. we have looked at: 

Hotels (they want £££ for food and drink etc) 

barns (most are ££££ or not suitable, ie no electric, toilets or running water!)

youth hostels, (mostly too small)

village halls (either too big, too small, too dated, don't allow alcohol or the most perfect one so far is in the middle of nowhere and it will cost £20 just to get a taxi into the town)    

National Trust places (don't have space or too far away) 

I just give up!! 


Help, please. Also because we are not telling anyone i have no one to sound things out to and its frustrating 


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