Planning a California wedding on a budget…

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@missliss0:  I think it depends on what kind of wedding you want.  $10K budget is VERY limiting for a 75-90 guest list.  I wouldn’t say it’s impossible but it sounds like you still want the whole shabang with catering, linens, flowers etc.  Does the $10K include your dress, bridesmaids, etc?  You may need to seek out a private residence or have a rustic backyard wedding with A LOT of DIY elements (flowers, invitations, have a friend DJ, etc) but it’s possible.  Just need to be creative.  I know a lot of gardens have very low rental fees or they’re even free, you just need to pay for the permit.  Pulgas water temple in Redwood City for instance is just a $150 permit fee I think and it’s such a beautiful backdrop.

However, you need to bring in your own chairs, flowers, etc and it’s just for the ceremony.  Definitely doable if you have crafty friends for DIY elements.  Good luck!



Post # 4
6953 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@missliss0:  my BFF found TONS of all inclusive venues for her 80 person reception. The catch is they were all in the Inland Empire. Try Corona or Riverside golf courses. But yeah, if by “anywhere in California” you really mean a bracket city or LA it will be tough. 

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

My venue is going to be at the Fox Theater in Redlands, CA. (southern CA)
Here’s the website
It has a vintage feel to it 🙂
$11,000 for 170 people.
It includes
tables, chairs, linens
And the Ceremony.

…I’m sure your price would be much lower since you have a smaller party, I’m not sure if they have a minimum…they didn’t mention anything to us.

Post # 6
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@missliss0:  It is SO possible and I think you could pull it off

Honeslty, you need to be tough and head strong in order to get what you want for the price that you want. Look at things that aren’t meant for the wedding industry but could be used for your event. I rented a vacation cabin for my wedding and it was a great deal! It is so possible! Just be smart 🙂 

Post # 7
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@missliss0:  It’s definitely possible, that’s what my parents spent on my sister’s wedding 🙂

If you like garden weddings, there are gardens all over the place that you could have the ceremony in, and some of them might have an indoor space you could have the reception in. I think you can have a reception of that size with a DJ in one or two of the buildings at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. We’re having our ceremony in another park in San Francisco, and the fee for that is $500. 

It wouldn’t include everything though, but you don’t have to spend as much on decorations for an outdoor ceremony.

Post # 8
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d steer clear of the SF general area unless you’re planning on having a backyard wedding. Most venue fees would eat up half, if not all, that budget. Vendors here are not cheap either. Down the pennisula might be possible, or maybe east Bay.

Post # 9
454 posts
Helper bee

if you find a venue that is outdoor for about 100 ppl max, provides catering and has a lot of greenery (like a botanical garden) send it over to me please!!!

Post # 11
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think it’s going to be more difficult if you don’t narrow down a certain location. There are some decently priced places in Northern California, near Sacramento or up North 101 in the Redwoods. Central California is also going to be easier, but like others said, stay away from the larger cities and trendy areas.

Also, create a budget worksheet, that way you can calculate the cost of each venue and whatever it includes. A venue may have a slightly higher rental cost, but if it includes tables and chairs it would be cheaper overall. Make sense?

Post # 12
127 posts
Blushing bee

@lollygagon:  Absolutely spot on in regards to making comparative spreadsheet. That’s what I’m doing. It’s very helpful.

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