Post # 1
Since a few days after our engagement, we were assured that an absolutely beautiful backyard was ours for our wedding, on Tuesday we were told it was ‘too much’ and now we have to start searching for a venue for our August 11th wedding.
Our budget is very, very limited ($1,500 will be a stretch for a location for both the ceremony and reception, we’d be more comfortable around $1,000) but we will be doing most of the catering etc ourselves.
I have been looking at LA parks and beaches, but many are booked and we would love to have somewhere a little more private. So we are searching vacation rentals with big backyards that would be willing to have us and our 60 guests but a vision I can’t get out of my mind is that of a field – part of an acreage or farm with an expanse of grass and some pretty shade trees.
So I have two questions; does anyone know how to find ‘wedding friendly’ vacation rentals, and; Does anyone have any ideas how I’d go about finding a private field so close to a major city?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@CWandJJ: Not really a field, and also a bit above your budget (so helpful of me, I know!), but we had our wedding at Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena–they have a large back lawn with redwood trees, and the rental gets you use of their kitchen, some table and chair rentals, etc (you can see the full info on their site). Their wedding coordinator was super helpful and it’s a really beautiful space.
Maybe there are some other churches with similar setups that are a little less expensive? Just trying to provide some inspiration… Or local community centers?
Post # 4
Might be booked because your wedding is in August, but have you looked into Temescal Canyon Park?
I’d also look at VRBO.com (vacation rentals by owner). The site will list private homes that are available for vacation rentals, but some are open for special events (like weddings) as well. The catch is that not many can accommodate larger than 100-150 people. However, search in a place like Malibu or Calabasas and you might find something that has a field or something field-like. Good luck!
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions =). We seem to be running on a bit of a loop, either available on our date and out of our budget or in our budget and unavailable on our date! We’re going to go out this weekend and have a look at some of the park facilities, so fingers crossed!
@BothCoasts I’ve spent quite a few hours on VRBO but have such a hard time finding spots open to special events, is there a way to narrow the search that I’m not seeing?
Post # 6
Check out Orange County. I rented a small park in Dana Point for 4hrs and it was only $150. Dana Point is very reasonable. You can also check Laguna Beach but beach traffic will be crazy in August.
Post # 7
Thanks @squeak35! I’ll check it out.
Post # 8
@CWandJJ: Does it have to be in LA? I just found out about the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim and it looks gorgeous and is fairly inexpensive. I’ve never been there as we booked our venue way before I found out about this place.
Post # 9
@ilbluebird they’re booked on our date unfortunately =(
Post # 10
The Exposition Club House (Also called the Ahmanson Senior Center) Has a beautiful ballroom with exposed dark wood beams and a spanish style courtyard. $300 for 3 hours. $100 cleaning fee. And $20/per hour staff fee. (Wellllll under budget.) You can see photos of it on this blog here:
Somewhere in the area there’s also the Keck Amphitheatre which is $500 and the Comrie Hall $300, But I don’t know what those looks like. (They were on the price brochure for the Club house from the EXPO Center.)
Oh! There’s also the Exposition Park Rose Gardens. I remember they’re cheap, but I don’t know how much. I think it’s ceremony only, but I could be wrong.
There is an AMAZING private park owned by the city in Elysian Park (Private driveway that leads up to it and a private parking area.) that sounds EXACTLY like what you want. Large large field, surrounded by trees. $250 for 4 hours. Additional hours are $100 per hour. You can have up to 500 people! But they don’t allow booze last I checked. (I heard that may or may not be changing.) Contact me if you want more info about this one. I’ll have to find it.
Newland Barn in Huntington Beach – $90 per hour plus some fees.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Varies depending on what garden area you want. There’s alot to choose from. Anywhere from $600-$1200. But I think you may have to use their catering. Go here to download the pricing/info packet:
Speaking of houses to rent the Tuscan Villa Estate, also called Topanga House of Healing a Tuscan Villa Estate is really neat. The owner was super duper nice and she does a lot of weddings. Even has the tables and chairs. There’s a garden/lawn to have the wedding outdoors and even a greehouse style building (covered area lots of windows) to have the reception. There’s actually a couple areas to choose from and you get the house as well. So lots and lots of plates, pots and pans. I think there were even a couple ovens. It’s set up really well to cook for large events. Here’s two links. The tripadvisor site has the contact info, but the yelp page has the MUCH better photos. Including photos of other peoples weddings.
Let me know if these help. If those don’t work I can try and go through my research to see if I can find more.
Post # 11
Thanks ChirpChirp! The trouble with getting married with not just budget but time constraints is most of the very few reasonable locations are booked!
Post # 12
Might be booked but we loved the Cabrillo Beach Bathouse. Definately within your budget.
You can see pix on my blog: