Leisa, I was just about to suggest a golf club. Dh & I got married overseas and had a reception when we got back & it was at the golf club with 100 guests
lol. everyone thought we were weird to have our reception there but after the reception they were all commenting about what a great idea it had been. The meal was fantastic and the view out over the course was amazing. Since then my sister has had her reception there and 3 other guests who attended one of our weddings have had their receptions there too smile It isn't what you'd normally think of for a wedding reception venue but that is sometimes a good thing, tends to lower the cost a bit smile
"Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do."
Anyways, so your partner wants it at a beach? Have you thought about having some Marquee's put up near the beach and having maybe a potluck (everyone bring a plate) kinda reception?
Or you could do small finger foods there on the beach.
That way you can have photo's done on the beach, no one has to travel and it keeps cost down.
Also have you checked out caterers that can come to you... these days they can host them anywhere grin
Bestv luck, Weddings are so much fun! grin
We had our reception at a yacht club, not somewhere I would have thought I'd ever choose, but they were cheap and it was brilliant!