Post # 1
I’m only a week in but already I want to bang my head against the wall.
1st venue – Marvimon in Los Angeles. Awesome. No longer takes private events.
2nd venue – Vacation rental in Lake Arrowhead. Gorgeous. Friend got married there in 2010. Won’t accept weddings over 50 guests. We’re having 100, maybe a bit less.
3rd venue – Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. $116 for 100 guests? Not terrible…and then I got their 2015 pricing. $131 a plate for a Saturday and I can’t get married in the area I like because I won’t have 150 guests.
I don’t have a specific vibe I’m going for but there are two stand out “themes” I like. Either something elegant/romatic or classy/quirky. Budget is $25,000 and below, but I want to do it as inexpensively as possible. Help. Anyone.
Post # 3
Good luck and God speed! You will find some place amazing (really, you will), but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a SoCal bride who found an amazing venue right away with no problems!
Post # 4
@BrandNewBride: Surprisingly…that comforts me, haha! Thanks 🙂
Post # 5
@TWedding: If you like Malibu, this place is really pretty:
There are lots of vendor options so presumably at least some of them would be in your budget, and they let you bring your own alcohol as long as you hire a licensed bartender.
Post # 6
Oh yeah.. finding a venue is pretty horrible if you have a smaller type guest list, or have specific things you are interested in.
Sometimes you have to settle a little.
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: I’m starting to realize venues are like ex-boyfriends. It’s all romanticized in the beginning and you start the journey with so much hope and promise. There’s a ton of heartbreak along the way and sometimes you just have to part ways with them, even if you deep down really do love them.
Post # 8
@TWedding: Yeah, many of them have super strict policies.. and don’t allow certain things.
I seriously had my heart set on having tons of candles.. I ran into like 4 venues that wouldn’t allow candles.. not even led ones! I was like what the hell?
Post # 9
@jenilynevette: Hahahaha it’s like have your dream wedding here! Oh, wait…that’s your idea of a dream wedding? Yeahhhhh…you can’t do that.
Post # 10
@TWedding: hahaha I like this analogy!
We had pretty tough luck with venues, too. We’re on a relatively short engagement (8 months) and everything was already booked up for March ’14! And, the trick in my area is that the venue sounds super affordable… but doesn’t include food…alcohol….chairs….linens….setup….cleanup…..etc etc the list goes on. Basically pay them $4k for an empty building.
So, we ended up picking a Friday date, at the place that included the most in their package, but we still have an outside caterer, have to purchase all our own alcohol (actually probably a savings opportunity, but still a headache)…. and some extra rentals that aren’t included.
Don’t let yourself get too stressed out…. Start the “relationship” with each venue VERY DETACHED. Collect all the information you can before you go and fall for it. Peruse style me pretty to see if there are locations you’re neglecting. Be flexible but know your limits. GOOD LUCK!
Post # 11
@Andthepupmakes3: My fiance has been giving me the “very detached” advice too. He told me he can’t handle me constantly getting my heartbroken, haha. Poor guy! This is all great advice that I will keep in mind while browsing. Thank you!
Post # 12
@Andthepupmakes3: Lol 4K for an empty room. Not in SoCal, but North California there were 2 places we looked at, one was pretty much 10K for an empty room and you held the ceremony basically in their parking lot. The second place was beautiful but 10K for just the space.
OP, it took us over a month of constant searching. I even started having bad dreams about our venue search. If you’ve got time, space it out so as to not stress yourself.
Post # 13
Wait, wait, wait. Are you saying Marvimon doesn’t do weddings anymore?? 🙁
Have you looked at Carondelet House? So far, that’s my second choice after Marvimon.
On my list is also Inn of the Seventh Ray, The Loft on Pine (not sure about this one, it’s pretty new), Oviatt Penthouse, Heritage Square Museum (I would totally have an Up themed wedding here!), Huron Substation…
Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with venues right now? Haha
Post # 14
@TWedding: There are some great places in Laguna Beach and Dana Point that are really affordable and really nice. We looked at a resturant that overlooks the harbor and ocean called Cannon’s. It’s awesome, but we decided on another location.
Post # 15
The AT&T building in Downtown LA
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
Post # 16
You can try the Carondelet House in LA.
It’s really pretty and not many people know about it.
It’s very cosy and romantic looking.