Post # 1
I’m just having so much trouble finding a venue near Los Angeles that meets all my requirements. I know I may have to get rid of a couple of my wants but if someone has any experience with finding cheap but elegant venue!
Just want to find a venue that is:
allows both ceremony/reception in same place
outdoors ceremony (either garden or rustic) possibly indoor reception, outdoor is fine.)
allows outside alcohol/catering (here I COME COSTCO!)
Includes table, chairs, dining (plates/cups/forks/spoons) possibly has a dance floor
2 hours or less away from San Fernando Valley
under 3k (for possible dates: January, March or November)
has a bride/groom dressing room
Venue that I’ve liked:
Mccormick Home Ranch- Camarillo. Outside enough, but may not provide chairs and tables. But some reviews also made the point that bee’s are frequent around this property which makes me a little nervous
Post # 3
@otto2008: McCormick Ranch is so pretty! I’m so jealous of CA bees, there’s so much venue choice. SofieKitty got married at the ranch here’s some of her re-caps, there’s more if you look at her profile http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/im-married-sofiekitty-guest-photos-sneak-peek-pics#axzz2oCmM47t5
Post # 4
I think your budget combined with your wish list combine to give you very limited choice. Allowing outside alcohol, for example, can be a very limiting choice, not just because of the complexity of liquor licensing laws but because venues find alcohol sales very profitable. Take away their profit-maker and there are far fewer venues wishing to do business with you.
I do hope you’re not planning on feeding your wedding guests purely from costco though!
Post # 5
I think I’ve commented on some of your other posts and I totally get you that venue hunting is hard on a budget! I don’t know your area but i think it will just come as a matter of time before you find something that suits your budget. For the LA area I’m not sure you can get everything you want within your budget,so like you said, you probably won’t get all your requirements so know what are your must haves and what are ones you are flexible on. Good luck!
Post # 6
@otto2008: I’m not in that area so couldnt comment but, finding a venue was the most stressful part of wedding planning for me. It was also the first thing we did. I had my mind set on one venue for years but had no idea the actual cost of it. Well, it was far, far, far above budget.
The venue we have now is one I never even considered in the beginning, but it is turning out perfect. We did have to compromise on some things but that’s just how it goes.
Have you priced out insurance on certain places? I assume you have but it might cost less than you are expecting and will give you more options.
Also, I wouldn’t be too swayed by reviews saying there are bees. That might have been from someone who saw like four bees and decided it was a bad venue.
Post # 7
Like you, we were on a limited budget and we had certain things we wanted :
– bringing in our own alcohol
– bringing in our own [catered] food
– outside ceremony, inside reception with mens & womens bathrooms & kitchen
– bar area was a plus
– tables & chairs provided.
We did have to sacrifice a little.. we ended up booking a gorgeous historical house to host the ceremony & cocktail house [and most family portraits] – this wasn’t the part we sacrificed on. We got a super good deal, it costs $50 to rent with a $75 deposit and includes resin chairs for the ceremony. Here is a picture :
Now, if you notice in the right of the screen there is a brick building.. that’s our reception hall – that is the sacrifice – it isn’t really pretty to look at.. typical brick building with cement flooring, so we will be doing more decorating than we’d like, but the building is costing us $375 for 3 days…. all of the money saved on a big expensive venue we can put towards more/better food/alcohol.
I would suggest looking into historical sites, park shelters/buildings, or even consider renting a house of VRBO.com
Post # 8
No i wouldn’t just buy a meal from costco, if i could I would! but I want to buy the alcohol from them and then have a bartender serve it.
Post # 9
@otto2008: I’m also in The Valley and looking at venues that allow outside catering. We’re focusing more on San Diego locations though. I’ll try to find my list of LA venues like that and get them to you. It’s not impossible, but for the cost you’re looking at you might want to consider venturing into the IE.
Post # 10
I think eventually you’ll have to make concessions. DH and I went with a venue that allowed outside alcohol, but we had to select a caterer from their approved list, or have our caterer of choice apply for approval (which came with a fee). What are you absolute non-negotiables? To DH and I, alcohol was the big factor. We knew we could get alcohol for a lot cheaper and pay a bar tender to serve it, than having to pay an ungodly amount of money per drink at a venue mark-up price.
We were able to serve 200+ guests, top shelf quality drinks, with plenty of choices, for $1,000 and we still have a TON of alcohol left over which is great for holiday get togethers! We’ll still have some alcohol left over for a few years I think. We’ve got about 8 L in our closet right now, so we’re pretty good.
Post # 11
@otto2008: Our criteria is vastly different than yours other than the proximity to SFV. But you are not alone, I am having a lot of trouble as well.
I just want to say best of luck, i hope you find something!
Post # 12
Have you looked into Occidental College in Eagle Rock. I think they meet all your criteria except for food.
Post # 13
@otto2008: getting married in SoCal is ridiculously expensive. Graf barn is beautiful, as are quite a few places, but your budget is limiting. My friend is planning a rustic wedding and most are expensive. Good luck.
Post # 13
Hi Otto2008, did you end up finding a venue? Looking for most of the same things as you are, but for 2015. Thanks!
Post # 14
My SIL got married at the Marion Davies guest house in Santa Monica. It meets a lot of your criteria and was gorgeous!