Post # 1
I’m the lucky bee planning two weddings. (oof). One east coast and one west coast. I’d like them both to be super-casual and as easy to plan as possible. I think the ceremony will just be city hall, so these are really just wedding receptions. I’d like to have a $5K max budget per wedding, max 100 guests each, all vegetarian food. Perhaps you can help?
My east coast one seems to be all set for August 31st. I found a restaurant near my parents vacation house that is very easy going and affordable. Only $20 per person for food, for about 80 people! Plus we only pay for the drinks that we actually drink. The restaurant is on a lake with a big deck and a lawn overlooking a lake – we can set up lawn games and have a fun outdoor garden party. We can also all stay upstairs overnight for $150 per room. The woman is so helpful; I feel like there’s really nothing else to plan there. It looks like it will definitely be under $5K.
But I’m having trouble with the west coast venue, which I’m hoping to find for July or August. Maybe Ideally the end of July? I’m looking for something in the East Bay (of San Francisco) that could be just as simple and garden-style. Do you know of any affordable restaurants with outdoor space? Or websites I could look at?
I looked at http://www.bullvalleyroadhouse.com/ and it seemed perfect but its $65 a person for food only, with a $6K minimum to rent only 1 room plus gratuity and tax woudl be $8K. Minimum. 🙁 I’m only talking 100 people, all vegetarian food. So I was quite taken aback by the price. I’m going to have a friend call back and ask how much it would be to just plan a party. Maybe she heard the word wedding and her eyes got big?
I also looked at http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br but again too pricey. The places that are empty spaces that you have to get a caterer are just too much.
Any suggestions on a venue for the west coast party, or a website to search?
Post # 3
My cousin had his reception at the Piedmont Community Hall.
They had a catering company for the tables & food. It was GORGEOUS. Granted, the rental rate for the facility itself is $3600 for non residents for 8 hours. If you have a friend who’s a resident of Piedmont, you could have it knocked down to $2550.
Post # 4
The Gardens at Heather Farms are beautiful, however you would have to hire a caterer. They are very upfront about their prices and you can see them straight from their website.
I have also been looking at Courtyard d’Oro in Sac. I’m still a little fuzzy on their prices (I avoid calling for as long as possible because … I do) but sacbride lists them as having buffets starting at $25/person.
I am also looking for a venue in the East Bay so I’ll let you know if anything else happens to catch my eye. Honestly, I’m pretty stumped myself at this point — the Bay is SO pricey, it’s killing me.
Post # 5
@Bundays oh Heather Farms would be lovely, especially since my FI is from WLC and we go swimming at Heather Farms quite often. The thing I hate about these venues is there are so many added costs! Rent the place, then get caterers, then get bartenders, and alcohol – It all adds up!!
I really like that my other wedding is at a restaurant. Literally all I had to do was make one phone call and they’re like – ok you’re all set. Call us back a month before and pick your menu. SO EASY!!
Did you look into any restaurants in the Bay Area?
Post # 6
Im getting married at the Crowne Plaza in Concord. we are using the indoor atrium with the fountains and it is absolutely beautiful. Our wedding is in mid Oct but it looks like springtime (and is temperature/weather controlled) year round. I am on a small budget and looked all over the east bay. This was by far thecheapest and most-all inclusive I could find.
Or, if you dont mind putting the components together yourself,The Old Homestead in Crockett is beautiful as well. You also have more flexibilityto do whatever you want.
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Post # 7
I don’t know about price, but the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden seems absolutely lovely, and maybe you could have your ceremony there too 🙂 But I would be super jeoalous of you.
Post # 8
i’m so spoiled by how easy my NY wedding will be. everything seems so complicated here in CA.
Crowne Plaza in Concord looks lovely, but I’m looking for an all vegetarian/local/organic menu if possible and with an outdoor space theme, so I don’t think that would work.
the Old Homestead looks GREAT, but as you said I’d have to do everything myself, and honestly I just dont’ want to spend that time.
I looked at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden online yesterday, but I think it was pricey. It’s so hard – some of these places don’t have prices online so how do I know?? And goign through the caterers websites are SO TIME CONSUMING.
I looked at the Bancroft Hotel, the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, and Preservation Park in Oakland. But again, so hard to know the prices.
Not to mention I still don’t have the vision from FI. He’s freaking out because he feels like he doesn’t have many friends, so how can he have a wedding. I agreed to not discuss wedding plannign with him until March (saturday!) so I don’t even really know what I’m looking for yet. Although with it coming up in July or August I feel like I need to act fast!
Argh. I just want a restaurant with outdoor space that would be like – “yeah sure, we can accomodate 50 to 100 people, vegetarian food and we have a lawn or garden you can hang out on. That’ll be $5K please, no need to think about anything else until a month before.” 🙂
Post # 9
@Gwendolyn88: I have no idea how much it would cost and it might be too far away, but I went to a wedding at Sir and Star at the Olema in Point Reyes and it was beautiful. Gorgeous garden to enjoy for cocktail and the food was incredible. http://sirandstar.com/ I think it’d be worth contacting them! I can PM you a link to photos of the wedding we attended.
Post # 10
@Gwendolyn88: Yeah, I’m feeling that too.
I know this is what everyone says, but have you checked herecomestheguide? They have a whole section on East Bay.
I have been looking at restarants but I am looking into a morning brunch wedding, so they tend to be breakfast places.
Post # 10
I just found out about the Old Homestead and I am beyond excited! It is gorgeous, and cheaper than cheap!
Post # 11
Not sure how helpful this is but there are two locations that might be of interest but they are in the South Bay.
1) Freedom Hall in San Jose
An excellent value and all inclusive. I’ve attended a wedding here and it was great. The banquet room overlooks pretty gardens and I imagine pictures can be done in the gardens. I know it’s still over $5 K but from what I’ve heard from other brides in the Bay Area it is one of the best deals on the Peninsula. The price includes photography, DJ, food, tables, silverware, etc.
2) The Ainsley House in Campbell
I also attended a wedding here and it was lovely. Old thatched roof cottage in the background. The cost is $1425 for a reception (6 hours) – $1625 for Saturday rental but it looks like it is just for the space.
Post # 12
I looked at the Old Homestead but ended up going with the Falkirk Cultural Center. $100/hour on Sundays (including holidays) and you can use whatever caterer you want.
Post # 13
i am so frustrated. i found the perfect venue – McNears Beach; and I have it reserved for a date that works for us. It cost $295 to rent. I also found a perfect caterer for us for $2,600 for the food for 100 people, plus $20 an hour for catering. All completely within our $5K budget. Per our initial discussions this will be a casual outdoor picnic wedding reception with food and friends.
FI and I went to see the site this weekend and it’s great! nice picnicing area, beautiful lawn with gorgeous trees, right on the beach.
But FI changed his mind. He wants the wedding inside. Maybe in a barn? Something rustic he says. Wedding is in August; save the dates should go out mid-April. I have 4 weeks to find a new venue, with a $5K budget.
Wish me luck. 🙁 🙁 🙁 And please let me know if you have any more suggestions!!
Post # 14
Gwendolyn88: Came across this thread– I am in the exact same situation! We want to have to receptions/celebrations on east coast and west coast!!