Post # 1
Any other bees out there looking at an “off-site” wedding location where you have to bring in EVERYTHING? What kinds of costs are you looking at? I’m in the early stages of planning research and really like Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, and a few other ranches and vineyards are on the list as well… many are “blank canvas” situations.
I’ve worked in theatrical production, so I’m not totally intimidated by the idea of “creating a space” but I am trying to justify it to myself in terms of the cost VS a luxury hotel.
At a luxury hotel/resort, the F&B mins are so high that there’s not much left in the budg to customize the decor… I know off-site weddings are notoriously expensive when you have to rent every fork, etc…. but if all in all it comes out around the SAME cost… I think I’d rather have the ranch than the typical hotel vibe (even a fancy one).
Catering, Rentals, Valets, Restrooms, Staging…??? Anyone got research?
Post # 3
i did this and it was perfect for me. we wanted control over everything and i was a crazy planner. it was a LOT of work, but the vibe that we wanted came through because we had that control of each aspect. i’ve photographed weddings at saddlerock ranch and it’s amazing! your biggest costs will be food and alcohol, and rentals. i didn’t have to have valet (i know saddlerock has it and it’s needed!) or bathrooms (which you don’t have to do for the house area), but i would run the numbers as a ballpark and see if you’re willing to do the work to nail down the rest of those details.
it sounds like it would be perfect for you since you have the experience of creating those spaces.
Post # 4
@SoCalBelle: I’m getting married at a museum so the only thing they are providing are some limited number of tables they happen to have inhouse. I don’t have to worry about bathrooms, but everything else, including shuttles, we have to buy/rent.
For us it is getting close to what it would end up being at a fancy hotel, but it’s totally worth it. We might be saving a couple thousand at most, but that is what is keeping us within our budget (more of less). What was really important for us was a unique location and to have unlimited booze for 6+ hours. We are saving several thousand in booze as well as food. We also wanted to bring in our own ethnic food (which is considerably less expensive… $50/pp max). The only way we could swing that was a non-traditional venue. We’re really glad we did!
If you’re doing an off-site venue there is a LOT of coordination you will need between all the vendors, so make sure you budget for a planner. I have an amazing wedding planner who has done a TON of off-site type weddings. She is super affordable and has done a fantastic job thus far. Kaci from Hustle and Bustle Wedding Coordinators. http://www.hustleandbustleevents.com/
Also make sure to take whatever you think you will need for rentals and double it. Seriously, the rentals is a bit of a sticker shock. And you literally have to sit there and think about what you need… water glass, knives, forks, wine glasses, dessert plates, salad plates, etc.