Eff my mothereffing life!
The coordinator at Catalina finally got back to us. Turns out they cannot do the dinner option we had originally planned on during the day...which means it will be $15 per person more expensive...for our already over budget wedding. We figured out a way for it to still be possible, but it involves making the guests pay an extra $5 to get there, bringing the total up to $35 for them. Plus, the buffet option we would have to do allows for only one entree which is a major problem for the vegetarian guests...and me! I literally would not like to eat anything on that menu except the prime rib which is $2 extra per person--not happening.
We have another venue option. It is in NorCal which would be a PAIN IN THE ASS to plan from 400 miles away and is not as cool as Catalina....but it would cost a lot less, allow us to have a lot more options, and have excellent food and cake for CHEAP.
And yet...Catalina still really appeals to us.
What should we do? What would you do? I don't know what to do. Someone just tell me what to do.