I'm Sharara from Sydney and am getting married next year - woot! I'm hoping I can get some suggestions from you guys about outdoorsy/natural setting venues such as golf clubs/green hillsy places/places near water (I really like golf clubs/country clubs but none of the ones I've looked at hold that many guests) that can hold that many guests - the places that hold that many guests all seem to be indoor function centres which is something that really doesn't appeal to my fiance and I. Unfortunately I can't cut down on guest numbers because I have an ethnic mother who feels the need to invite everyone whose wedding she's ever been to.
The other big issue is budget, we're on a very tight budget and at 350 guests we really can't afford to be paying more than $50 per head. What works to our advantage is that we will not be having any alcohol at the wedding which brings down prices a fair bit (though we still require soft drinks/water/juice). We also don't mind having a buffet menu which usually brings the cost down a little aswell. The other (and most preferable) option is if we found a venue that allows self catering and only charges venue hire, because we know some very cheap caterers.
So - my mission is to find a nice yet cheap outdoorsy place that will hold that many guests (I *might* be able to talk my mum into bringing the guest numbers down a little bit but even if she agreed I reckon it would be 50 people max). I know it seems like an impossible fantasy - I've been searching for hours and hours on the net and can't seem to find anything suitable so I decided to sign up here and see if maybe just maybe I can find something. Here's hoping.