(Closed) “Off-site” Wedding from Scratch? What are your costs? (Saddlerock Ranch Malibu)

posted 6 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
20 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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.  

Good luck! 

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