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posted 10 years ago in Orange County, California
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Woot woot!  Finally an OC board.  I’ve been posting in LA.  There is a great place in fullerton on harbor blvd… but I’ve lost the name, I can post tomorrow with the name — it is nice and very affordable.  My Maid/Matron of Honor was married there. 

 A friend of mine is getting married at Strawberry Farms in Irvine, it is a little expensive, but very nice.  I’ve been to two weddings at The Summit House in Fullerton, both were nice, the food was great, but they were small.

I’m getting married at UCLA, even though we live in Irvine.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Any criteria for what you’re looking for?  Price, capacity, indoor/outdoor, ceremony or reception only?

We were looking for a relatively inexpensive, able to fit 150 guests, indoor, with space for ceremony and reception.  The Crystal Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Laguna Hills was perfect for us.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Because we are having approx. 300 people at our wedding it was hard for us to find a place.  We ended up going with the Hyatt of Orange County (in Garden Grove).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Here is the location I mentioned earlier:  Spring Field Banquet and Conference Center in Fullerton.

AliCherri1 — No, my fiance went to UCLA and we are both teachers, so we wanted an education themed wedding.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

ok the venue on harbor in fullerton is springfield banquet center and tea house… it was great for my brother’s wedding 8 years ago!

 my wedding in august will be a the balboa yacht club… not to be confused with the balboa bay yacht club, and it’s a very affordable waterfront venue!

  

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

oh sorry for the springfield duplicate… just saw that alicherri1 did get it to you!

the other thing i will say, is RLL is not the most budget friendly unless you would consider a day other than fri or sat (when you are required to use their expensive "preferred caterer" list).  otherwise you will spend a very pretty penny at rancho for fri and sat.

 if you tell us your criteria, i can give many suggestions, i worked in events in college, i’d be happy to point you to some really great valued venues without compromising quality! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we’re getting married at the betty reckas cultural center in long beach. ceremony and reception will be at the same place.

we tried looking for something reasonable that we liked in OC, but couldn’t find anything that appealed to us 🙁 we *almost* booked the westminster rose center in westminster.

both places are reasonably priced (around $30-$40ish for food).

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I never found many places other than parks and community centers that allowed you to bring in your own caterer.  But here are a few more non-hotel and golf course suggestions with capacity for 150:

Aquarium of the Pacific – Very pretty

Harborside Pavilion – Lots of historical charm

Sherman Library and Gardens – Never visited it (we needed an indoor location), but my Mom attended a wedding there and says it’s beautiful

The Summit House was another Mom recommendation I haven’t visited

Tivoli Terrace is where they hold the Pageant of the Masters and Art Festival each year.  Tivoli also runs a few other properties.  Again, outdoors, but pretty.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

AliCherri1, we picked Rancho Las Lomas because we did not want a typical ballroom wedding either!  The location is spectacular, everyone commented that they love how private it was. 

We did ceremony & dinner outdoors in the Teatro, and for dancing & cake we turned the main house into a Lounge w/ big ottomans, cocktail tables, and a foosball & pool table for those non dancers.

Yes, they are expensive, and their required caterer has good food, but be prepared to spend $$$.  We opted to schedule our wedding on a Thursday, so we could bring in our own caterer who was also expensive, but we trusted to do a great job.

Our 175 guests had no probs w/ the Thurs. date, they all showed up on time and most stayed to the very end.  We just gave them a reason to take a long weekend :-). 

PM me if you’d like more details on the venue.  For something similar, I’ve seen pictures of weddings at Rancho Capistrano in Laguna Niguel, it’s beautiful but doesn’t have the the full sticker shock of Rancho Las Lomas. http://www.ranchocapistrano.org

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

have you looked at the muckenthaler mansion – http://www.themuck.org/ or

http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/muckenthaler-mansion

 

also, the jones victorian estate in orange: http://www.thejonesvictorianestate.com/

the french estate: http://www.thefrenchestate.com/

 don’t know politically how this will go over, but it’s beautiful for weddings

the nixion library gardens – http://www.nixonlibraryfoundation.org/index.php?submenu=plan&src=gendocs&link=Weddings

the marconi auto museum: http://www.marconimuseum.org/

newport art museum: http://www.newportartmuseum.org/pages/facility_rental.cfm

seven degrees: http://www.seven-degrees.com/

long beach museum of art (on the beach): http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/long-beach-museum-of-art

ebell club of long beach (beautiful): http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/ebell-club-of-long-beach/

 

hope some of these help… here comes the guide’s site has a custom search section that should help!

goodluck and if you want more suggestions let me know!

 

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