I'm about to lose my mind! Orange County ca brides!!!

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

What’s your budget? Do you want outside/inside, ballroom, country club..?

 

I looked at A LOT of places hahaha

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Do you have a particular budget?  Or “feel”?  Some that immediately come to mind are UCI, Casa Romantica, The Muckenthaler, Rancho Las Lomas, Strawberry Farms Golf Course and the Nixon Library.

ETA: Also the Casino San Clemente.  Or most hotels.  And golf courses.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I looked at a LOT of venues in the area too–if you post your venue/catering budget, we can probably give you some more specific ideas. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsErvin:  I’m sorry to say this, but that’s going to be a VERY TOUGH budget to work with in Los Angeles and Orange County. In my venue search, I didn’t really come across any venues in that range. At 100 guests, $5000 is only $50/person for food and drink. That’s without a venue rental fee (and most places have one). Most places charge sales tax as well. Some even charge a service fee of 20% or more. So that actually cuts you to closer to $35/person without venue fee (which, at my venue only covers the open bar). Even when I was looking into the Annenberg Beach House, which allowed brides to bring in their own catering, I had trouble finding ANY caterers that offered food, drink and rentals for twice that amount. 

You might want to consider places that don’t typically do weddings. I’d suggest looking into public parks, restaurants, or even movie theaters. Get creative. That’s going to be the best bet. My cousin got married at an old art deco movie theater (not in the OC, but still)–and it was AMAZING.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsErvin:  That’s an awesome deal–I don’t think you’re going to find many options like that. However, if your mom thinks it’s too small, I’d seriously think about that. Venues want your business, and many will quote fire marshall maximum capacities as their maximum, whether they could comfortably accomodate that number or not. My venue claims to accomodate 250 guests–but all reviews from past brides (and I’d agree, having seen it) say that it really isn’t good for more than 120. The dining room is limited in size, so extra guests would have to go into overflow rooms or outdoor seating (which isn’t ideal)–and the ceremony site is on a hill that slopes downward at the edges, so people on the edge of the seating (if you go over 150 people) end up sitting on a downward slope. Just because a venue CAN accomodate a certain number of people, doesn’t mean it will be comfortable for that number. Trust your gut. 

The other option, if you love the venue, is to narrow your guest list a bit. I know that’s probably not what you want to hear, but it’ll allow you to keep your venue–and save money in the long run. I’d also keep in mind that not everyone will come. My sister expected 70 guests at her wedding, and only 60 came. My cousin expected 100, and only 60 showed up. That’s AFTER getting RSVPs back. I wouldn’t count on 40 people no-showing…but you might get 5-10 people who aren’t able to make it at the last minute for whatever reason. You know…Life happens… 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@MrsErvin:  The White House in Buena Park

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wish I could have caught this before you had a venue and only needed a reception!I had the same problem recently of trying to find a venue. My FI wanted to do the entire wedding for $5,000…well after literally 2 weeks of full on searching, we decided it just couldn’t be done…

 

Then I found Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach of all places…typically we could not have budgeted for them at all, but they run a “special” during JUNE of all months! The reason for this is because there is a big arts festivle that it and it’s sister site Tivoli Terrace host in July and since they are set up for that Tivoli Too’s venue is smaller than normal. I believe they hold 100 people during this time

 

Now for the great part, lets talk details…both Tivoli Too and Tivoli Terrace run specials in June, but the time of day is different. The terrace does daytime “brunch weddings” I think from 10am-2pm. I was set on a evening wedding so Tivoli Too it had to be 🙂 Here is the break down for Tivoli Too:

Tivoli Too!

 

Wedding/Reception Time frame: 6:00 p.m -10:00 p.m (ceremony at 6:30, dinner and reception follow on premises)

 

We are not having a ton of people (50) Cost:$ 4,860-breaks down to $75p/p

 

Now the best part, that price includes almost everything! The only thing we have to pay for besides this is: photographer, dj (from their list, we are paying $695), bridal/grooms(men) bouquets/boutonniere, and officiant (we will be having a friend do it).

 

Everything else the venue handles, you have coordinators (more than 1!), hor’ dourves, appetizer, dinner, cake (yes cake!), decorations, linens, table & chairs, dance floor…literally everything else. Even beer, wine, and champagne are included.

 

The place is absoletly gorgeous!!

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsErvin:  Darn! Wish I could have been more help!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@MrsErvin:  The White House in Buena Park

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrservin    May I ask what is the name of your current venue that you think is to small? Im just amazed that they have food for $12- $14 per person. Id like to keep my guest count around 70, so it might be perfect!

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