Frustrated With SoCal Venues

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 6
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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 # 10
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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 # 12
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
25 posts


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
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@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
855 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

The AT&T building in Downtown LA

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Post # 16
474 posts
Helper bee

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.


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