Post # 1
I’m hoping one of you brilliant and creative people will be able to help me. I’m supposed to be getting married in two months and our venue just canceled on us. Not only is the date two months away, it’s May 24th, smack in the middle of a holiday weekend.
Please help me find a place to get married in Los Angeles!
I have called EVERYWHERE I can think of and at this late date anything reasonable is already booked. We were planning on getting married and having the reception in the same place, a beautiful outdoors estate.
Plane tickets are purchased and hotel rooms booked, I’m staring down a major wedding disaster beast.
If anyone has any ideas, please shoot them my way.
Post # 3
That’s horrible! I’m so sorry!
We’re having our ceremony and reception at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. They have five different locations for ceremonies/receptions so they may still have some availability. Here Comes the Guide has some good info on locations. I would call around and see what’s availability. Maybe you can get some good deals since you’re booking so close to the date? There are plenty of beautiful locations in LA. I’m sure you’ll find one! Good luck!
Post # 4
Are there any less busy public parks? You can always have someone go there early in the morning and hold the spot/decorate if you don’t mind being on display.
Or what about a rental house w/ a large lawn? We started looking at those or a B&B and just renting out the whole thing for the weekend. (www.vrbo.com) Or how about a winery? Maybe some of the lesser known/smaller ones are available or haven’t done weddings and would be willing to.
Have you discussed any other options with your original venue? What was their reason for cancelling? If it’s an outdoor lawn maybe you could still hold it there but get tables rented and outside catering.
Hope you can find someplace you’re happy with–definitely not fun! More details on where you are in the LA area might help people with suggestions too.
Post # 5
Also (and I’m sure this isn’t preferred but it could work) have you considered having the wedding Friday night or Saturday morning? It might mess w/ people’s plans a bit but I would think you’d have a lot more options by having it at a less busy time. If it’s Memorial weekend you could even do Sunday evening–maybe see when most of your guests are flying in/out to see what works. Usually a ticket change isn’t too expensive and I’m sure people would understand.
Post # 6
More details would be helpful. How many guests? What was the venue that cancelled on you? What have you already checked? Boddy House at Descanso Gardens is open for your date, but it’s only 75 guests. What about the LA Arboretum?
Post # 7
What are the terms of your contract with your venue? I would go back and read through everything and make sure that they are allowed to cancel on you this close to your date. I don’t know that the situation is, but that seems a little fishy to me.
Post # 8
i agree that there are a number of parks around the LA area and that http://www.herecomestheguide.com could be your best friend in this. you can also try LA River and Gardens. i agree with rzblna… need more details as to how many guests you’re having.
Post # 9
I visited Descanso Garden in La Canada and I thought that it’s perfect for a wedding. Or you can also try the Arboretum in Arcadia. I read in one of the SoCal wedding magazine that Descanso Garden is a favorite among photographers to shoot weddings.
Post # 10
Not sure if you already solved this problem since you haven’t replied back with more details… but just thought I would let you know that the church we are having our ceremony at also has a great reception site that was recently built. It isn’t advertised on their website, but when we went in person to check out the sanctuary, we saw the new hall and fell in love. I am so sad we already booked our reception site. Anywho – the church is the Bel Air Presbyterian Church and the view is TO DIE FOR!!! it can fit any number of guests and the groom’s room is awesome! let me know if you want more info or people’s contact info. good luck!
Post # 11
check the parks in your area, as i said on another post, most people do not consider them, and they are extremely cost effective… edited: duh… I am not the only one who said this LOL
BTW how can they just cancel on you? (just curious) why did they cancel?