Post # 1
I am newly engaged and trying to get a venue locked down before I start school back up (I am finishing my MBA in Decemeber and trying to plan a wedding!). We are looking at a May 2014 date and will be having about 50 guest maybe less.
Where: Southern California within a couple of hours of LA (open to a little further if its truly an awesome venue)
Budget: $5,000 for ceremony, reception, food, drink, decor, etc…the dress is not part of this budget.
Help please! SoCal is so expensive.
Post # 3
Try Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Centers
They have venues in So Cali and N. Cali (We got married in Upland).
I loved working with them because they have all inclusive packages (flowers, cake, ceremony, reception and food) and depending on how many guests, what day you marry you can get a good deal….
check them out and good luck!
Post # 4
@mija22: I tried them already, we don’t meet their guest minimum and their packages were over our budget 🙁 They did look very nice though.
Post # 5
@mija22: Great website! Wooo Upland! My mom lives near there 🙂
Post # 6
Have you thought of doing it at a national or local park? I know that there fees are much cheaper and you have more flexibility with food. Plus, some parts allow you to have alcohol! I know it’s hard- I just recently got married in San Diego!
Post # 7
Molly2014 Sorry it didn’t work out, and sorry for the late reply.
Post # 8
I feel your pain! I am a Orange County bride (sounds so weird saying that!) and we have only about $8K of budget to house a wedding for 120 mostly out of town guests. :/
I thought I would never find a reception venue – a lot of inclusive packages and/or hotels were way out of our price range!
I agree with @futuremrskt, parks or beaches have low rental fees and DIY and BYO friendly, which cuts down on costs. We just booked our venue (Newland Barn) that’s owned by the city of Huntington Beach and it only cost us $1,100 to rent for 8 hours (included insurance, security deposit which is refundable, etc.) It’ll end up being about $2,500 once you factor in all the chair & table setup, etc.
The good thing is your guest count is low enough that as long as you can find cheap catering, you should be able to pull it off. Check out Stonefire Grill, their food is awesome and very affordable, we are considering using them.
Post # 9
North Ranch Center in Westlake Village. My friends got married there. There is a patio for ceremony and have an open catering policy. It was under $2000.