Laguna Beach – affordable reception venues?

posted 3 years ago in Orange County, California
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Laguna Beach is super expensive for pretty much everything and August is definitely high season for this area so it’s going to be tough. I don’t have a specific suggestion in mind but for that size, have you tried contacting restaurants? There are a lot of nice restaurants in LB and for a party of 35-40, that should be doable.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@renwoman:  Did you have any specific types of food in mind?  I haven’t been there in a while, but I remember white house being pretty good in that area.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Did you need a oceanview?

Mozambique Restaurant: According to Tripadvisor, you can rent just the downstairs for events/weddings. The food is relatively inexpensive for the area so I’m going to assume that the event menu isn’t outrageously high either. However, I’m 99.9% sure the downstairs room has no oceanview. Here’s a video of the place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaUItjifNqc

If you don’t mind driving all the way down to San Clemente…

There is Wedgewood San Clemente. The pricing seems to be within your pricepoint but it’s a bit of a drive from Laguna Beach. http://www.wedgewoodbanquet.com/san-clemente/index.php

And since you mentioned Dana Point…

There’s Cannons Restaurant. I found a wedding album online from a couple that got married there. At least you get an ocean view.

http://www.scottlandphotography.com/blog/index.php/2013/07/cannons-restaurant-wedding-mandy-and-jeremy/

Or if you want to trek down to Huntington Beach…

There’s Zimzala on the top floor of the Shorebreak Hotel. I’ve eaten there before and the food is good and the regular menu pricing isn’t too bad for what it is. As such, I’m going to assume the event pricing isn’t going to be outrageous.

http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/orange-county-hotels/shorebreak-hotel/meetings-and-events/weddings

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

At this point, I would just narrow down what you want and just call up restaurants to get a quote from them. For LB, you’ll mostly be stuck debating between oceanview or no oceanview. I would look at Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar since they’re all essentially side-by-side off of PCH.

If you are picking two separate locations (one for ceremony, one for reception), definitely budget in a good window of time to get from point A to B. There is a lot of traffic on weekends in OC in the coastal communities regardless of whether you take PCH or the 5.

Something else to consider too (for Laguna Beach specifically) is that there is the Pageant of the Masters and I think that extends into August. That will cause parking and traffic problems in the areas close to the Pageant.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have heard great things about Cannon’s. Restaurants, community/cultural centers, and even yacht clubs with low rental costs will probably fit your budget. Maybe a private estate? Laguna in August is going to be filled with visitors to the beach and Pageant, so I’d personally be weary of having a beach wedding that month. There’s only a few ways for guests to get into the city, most which will be filled with traffic on a summer weekend.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Where aborts in Laguna did you get married?? Looking for Laguna myself and it’s so hard cuz it’s so expensive 🙁

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