Post # 1
So I have decided I want to do a cake and punch reception. The problem? Where exactly does one have a cake and punch reception? I’m not religious, so I don’t have a church to use. We are having a cake and punch reception because of our large guest list (150-200), and it will be too cold to do an outdoor venue.
Everyone else wants to force us to use their inhouse caterers, who refuse to do anything for under $20 per person, which defeats the whole purpose of our doing a cake and punch to save money. One place even gave me a quote of $1800 for 180 cupcakes, not including the ADDITIONAL site fees!
I just want a place I can rent and bring my own stuff in! I’m willing to expand to ALL of Southern California at this point, i am so frustrated I want to cry. F* all these people who think there is a minimum amount of money that needs to be squeezed out of a bride.
Post # 3
What about a community or rec center? Places like the YMCA often have large gyms that can be rented out for ridiculously cheap.
Post # 4
Have you looked into a vfw or other lodge? I actually found one that was updated and modern looking for my graduation party, so you might have some luck there. It costs several hundred to rent, plus extra for a bartender, but you can bring whatever caterers in that you choose.
Post # 5
Is there a vet’s hall? women’s club? historic house? Some city parks have enclosed buildings you can rent for the day if you are a resident.
Post # 6
You could also try church halls. That is where we were married and there were no problems with how we wanted to do anything.
Post # 7
Botanical gardens and parks, as @JoJo Bananas: said, sometimes have indoor spaces for rent. Also, some art museums – not the “big name” museums, more like galleries or local art centers – will allow space rentals with your own caterer.
If you’re really stuck, let us know what locations you would consider and the ‘bee will try to find something!
Edited to add: this is along the lines of what I was thinking, not sure if this is anywhere near you:
Post # 8
Try a local university hall or room. There are a million college campuses in SoCal. I was going to use a room at CSUN where I graduated and it was really nice and really inexpensive.
Post # 9
@justelope: I’m in Southern Ca as well.. Maybe I can help you, where are you located? (you can message me if you like and I can try to help) 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! these are some very good ideas. I will def try the university.
I’m located in Ventura County–city of Ventura.
Post # 11
I came across the unitarian universalist church in Pasadena during my online venue search – not sure how much it costs, but I’d imagine it’s not that much and there’s no issue with in house catering etc. I don’t know if you are familiar with UU church but it’s more just about your own understanding of spirituality rather than any specific religious beliefs, so you might feel comfortable getting married there even if you wouldn’t in a traditional place of worship.
Post # 12
@justelope: lol I live in Ventura, work in ventura and Santa barbara and I’m recently moved to Channel islands, near the harbor. Soo talk to me lol where have you looked?? Message me if you like 🙂
Post # 13
Comunnity centers, local clubs, VFW places, local theaters sometimes will let banquets set up and do their own catering. Good luck on finding a place. Even if you are not religious churches generally have cheap rental for their facilities. Fiance and I looked into having our reception at the church we are getting married at they charge 25 an hour for a huge room tables and chairs and we had access to the kitchen. That is always an option too if you just need a space to decorate and have cake and punch with your family and friends.
Post # 14
Great ideas, but I just have to say $1800 for 180 cupcakes. Umm, that’s a joke, right?!?!
Post # 15
@justelope: JEEZ! My food caterer is charging us around $33 pp…and its a full buffet!
Maybe try a private residence? Do you know anyone who has a home theyd be willing to let you use for the evening?