I am supposed to be taking care of wedding stuffs today, but I am not. Because I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. I can't find a venue for the reception that I LOVE. This is a problem for me. I have a picture in my mind, and I know that it's probably not going to be possible, but I WANT IT SO BAD. It does not help that one of the wedding sites for the area we're having the wedding posted pictures that are pretty much EXACTLY what I want. Damn them. We just don't have that kind of money, we really don't. It wouldn't be worth it to go completely bankrupt over a wedding.

We had settled on a venue (the Sheraton, because they're right on the beach and had an open outdoor area) but the outdoor area is not available and the alternative looks HIDEOUS. I hated the pictures she sent me. So now I don't know what to do. I'm looking at other venues but I'm not sold on much. For reference purposes, we are getting married in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. It's in the northern bit of Queensland, right where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. It is FUCKING GORGEOUS. This is the chapel where we're saying our vows.

It's so hard to plan a wedding when you can't see or touch or visit a venue, and you have to make a decision based on internet pictures and descriptions. It is a massive pain in the ass, let me tell you. We want something outside and beachy and nature-y. There will be 36 people there, tops. Probably closer to 30.

I know this is an enormous first world problem post, and I know how lucky I am to be able to plan a wedding with a moderately flexible budget (slightly more flexible than we had originally thought, which is really nice). It means that we can have the things that are important to us.

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Does anyone have any valuable experience or advice about planning a destination wedding? Anyone live around Cairns/Port Douglas and have any suggestions? This area is extremely popular so we really need to book something ASAP. Once we've booked the reception venue I can book the photographer and relax for a month or two before worrying about cakes and flowers and hair and hotel rooms.