Post # 1
FI and I have a pretty modest budget for a So Cal wedding (10k) – can anyone offer suggestions as to WHERE we can have it?
We’ve looked at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse and *really* like it, but wanted to check other venues as well. It seems like so many places have a 3k or 4k fee JUST to hold the wedding there. When I look at those numbers and at my teeny budget, I want to cry!
We’d prefer to hold the ceremony/reception at the same location, but that isn’t set in stone and we’re flexible on that.
I’d love any and all suggestions!! Thank you bees!!!
Post # 3
I recommend checking some inland locations. Anything with an ocean view comes with an extra price tag…
Maybe the Balboa Park area? I saw a wedding/reception there that looked modest but still beautiful!
Post # 4
I attended a friend’s wedding at Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens in Sorrento Valley 3 years ago. There is an outdoor patio where they held the ceremony, we ate lunch inside the restaurant and then there was dancing outside on the patio, where they had cleared away the ceremony chairs. The food was great, lots of good wine and beer and they were pretty happy with the services they received from the vendors. They took pictures on the grounds, which came out well. There is a Japanese bridge and a koi pond and lots of other pretty views.
My friends got a package that included cake, flowers, set-up, linens, and food/beverages. I believe their total wedding budget was in the neighborhood of $10K for 80 people on a Saturday afternoon.
The only cons I can think are that you have to walk through an office park to get to the restaurant— I thought I was in the wrong place. Also, I’m not sure what the max capacity is but it probably can’t accomodate more than 100. Finally, the restaurant has raised booths where the wedding party and families were seated– it sort of limits the possible configurations (no head table).
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
You may want to look @ Stone Brewery the back patio area is quite pretty 🙂
Post # 6
Ooh I had lunch at that Karl Strauss for the first time last week! It is VERY pretty, but it definitely is in like an office park type thing. However (big however) once you step into the restaurant area you will not know this at all! It has a lot of really beautiful trees and the koi pond is gorgeous. I know they do close it off and have limited hours on weekends for special events, so closing off the restaurant should not be an issue. Sakoro is right, it probably can’t accomodate more than 80 or so, and the configuration would be a little limted, but I don’t think it’s the end of the world.
Post # 7
I had a close friend who saved a ton on her beach wedding in central California by renting a small beachfront home for the weekend and doing her wedding there. The law stated the beach out to 60ft from the house was open for her to do whatever she wanted. They put up a white gazebo looking tent she got online that was like 10 x 30 to block wind and the public on the 60′ line and dispersed the round tables between the house the tent. I think where she saved the most money was by being able to hire all contractors herself, like catering etc. and she served a sangria punch and got a keg. They even had a bonfire and we danced in the sand, was lovely.
Post # 8
Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad is a really cool, rustic, laid back place.The rental fee is hourly.
I don’t know if you want to have it up in Carlsbad, but you should check out city owned buildings and parks all overthe county.
Post # 9
As Miss Burgandy says, once you’re inside the Karl Strauss place, you forget you’re in an office park. Tons of good photo locations, too. It’s just a little disorientating as a guest when you pull up and find yourself in the middle of an office park. I would definitely recommend putting up some signs directing people to the restaurant. The restaurant was completely shut down except for the wedding and being a Saturday, there weren’t any office workers around– so really quiet and easy to find parking.
I think it’s a great option for couples on a budget!
PS: Let us know if you discover any other budget-friendly places and which option you picked!
Post # 10
If you have a friend in the military, I highly recommend looking at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Bay View Restaurant. All you need is a sponsor (not necessarily related) to allow you to book. They are not as strict as a base as some of the other bases in San Diego and mentioned that even a policeman or firefighter could qualify as a sponsor when we met with them.
We are saving a ton of money on our wedding/reception by having it there as opposed to a hotel. Think $4-5 per drink and the most expensive/fanciest dinner plate is $35 a person if that gives you an idea. They even offer certain linens for free if you’re not particular about colors and provide you with a wedding arch to stand under. We are getting married on the lawn outside and then having our reception inside.
Hope this helps!
Post # 11
I’m not from California but I find that places that normally don’t hold weddings tend to be cheaper. If you have family or friends with nice property they may be willing to let you have it there (We got lucky with that one!!). Usually nice restaurants, cafes, parks, historical buildings, B&B’s, museums, art gallerys, etc. may be nice places to start. Good Luck!
Post # 12
Any of the historic sites that are city-run will be less expensive; you can’t beat the views in this town! I’ve played (violin) at a lot of gorgeous places for budget but insanely creative brides.
Balboa park (any of the gardens) and then Spanish Village; Leo Carillo Ranch (catered by Pacific Culinaire); at Chicano Park (yes, really) because the trees made it secluded…; Harbor Island down the street from Tom Ham’s and they did paella stations.
Post # 13
Definitely Balboa Park – we looked there at first and found a great spot for $395. It just needs some really good lighting and some fun flowers to spruce it up. Plus outdoors in Balboa Park on a warm summer evening is really gorgeous.
Post # 14
I feel your pain! I live in LA and when I started shopping around for wedding venues, I became soooo depressed. Even the public park system in LA charges you outrageous amounts just for being there. I finally decided to have a destination wedding because it was actually cheaper than LA – no crazy minimums – and it does cut down the guest list quite a bit (which could be good or bad, depending on the type of wedding you want : ) We’re so happy with our decision and including the travel and hotels it will still be cheaper than any wedding I had considered in LA. It’s not under 10k (closer to 15) but I’m pretty sure you could do it for around 10 if you wanted.
Post # 15
It’s an unusual venue, but we’re doing ours at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. They include tons of things and it’s really reasonable. There are a ton of choices but you could easily do a lunch wedding for 100 people for under 10k. Dinner would be cutting it close but under 10k as well.
Post # 16
Hi, I am a new bee.
Did you ever find a location?
I have been looking around for a very modest location with a budget close to yours for 200 people.
Ive gotten a few reasonable quotes but keeping my options open!