Post # 1
I have to make a decision in the next hour or I will lose one venue for sure & maybe the other cos I want to do it in June or July 2011.
I like the outdoor ceremony location & also the deck where I will have my reception at the Ranch House at Calamigos but the wine & beer package doesn’t seem very high quality & I can only add premium liquor not better quality wine. The premium liquor is $18 per head for 2 hours even though most of my guests don’t drink much & some not at all. I also can’t taste the food & don’t know what the service is like so it’s mostly for the gorgeous ceremony & dinner location.
Il Cielo has a wonderful coordinator & we had dinner there & the service is amazing. The alcohol will be on a per consumption basis with many choices & we only pay for what people drink & they can drink whatever they want unless I limit it.
Has anyone been to a wedding or had their wedding at either or preferably both of these places so you can tell me which was better & why you think it is better. Thanks for your input.
I will have my Calamigos location all to myself but there will be people in other parts of the restaurant at Il Cielo so we would have to share bathrooms.
Please let me know what you thought of food, service & wine at each place & bathrooms as these are my concerns.
I’d prefer to have ceremony & reception at the same place.
Post # 3
Burton Way just doesn’t seem that romantic to me. I like Il Cielo for small dinners but just doesn’t seem like a romantic enough location.
There are always more places to have a ceremony and reception – even in such a short amount of time – the market is in the tank, including Beverly Hills. I suggest to keep looking. Any vendor unwilling to wiggle or bend a little gets crossed off my list.
Post # 4
Thanks sfchick! Good feedback. I was into the whole driving through the mountains thing & then being in the mountains with trees & the waterfall behind us as we say our vows at Calamigos.
I forgot to mention I will only have about 30 people so thats why it’s hard for us to find a location that doesn’t have a minimum that is too much for us, that we like.
Post # 5
you might want to have ceremony at a park – even Griffith and then splurge on dinner. The problem with Malibu that I sometimes see are guests who want to party not wanting to be stuck with the driving. Sounds silly but it can be a problem w/some families. Saturdays in the summertime can be really slow – I’d suggest finding an accommodating boutique restaurant rather than deal w/a place that tends to have big events.
You might also consider having it in someone’s backyard and splurging on the catering. Heirloom seems to be really hot right now.
Search zagats and yelp for restaurants w/private rooms. It’s a buyers market right now, try not to get worried w/deadlines – it’s all just a tatic to get you to commit.
Post # 6
I totally second everything you’ve just said. Vendors who are not willing to compromise and negotiate are a red flaf for me instantly. I’ve been to Il Cielo and it’s so romantic and conviniently located. But I agree that the restuarant aspect may take something away from it. Calamigos is also beuatiful but such a pain to get to. And I’m not sure if you’ve discussed all the various rules and restrictions with them yet, but they are lengthy.
They both have thier pluses and minuses it seems. If it were me I’d keep looking.
Post # 7
I agree with the previous posters. Calamigos Ranch is beautiful, but not worth the drive (we said no to it for that reason) and probably not worth the restrictions. If you’re not crazy about either one, then keep looking. If you love one and are ok with putting up with some rules or packages that you don’t like, then ok.
Post # 8
Yes I’m put off by the alcohol inflexibility at Calamigos. The distance isn’t a problem it was kind of a plus as we have a group of friends that live in Topanga, but we also have others all over. Maybe I will hope that Calamigos doesn’t find anyone right away for our date as it is a Friday. All Saturdays & a lot of Sundays are taken at most places we tried & if they weren’t it’s cos they were a place where no-one would want to get married.
Ok so the Griffith Park suggestion…what does everyone think of getting married with all the families barbecuing & hiking & talking etc while you’re saying your vows? Maybe Franklin Canyon Park would be a little better but still busy on weekends.
Post # 9
Griffith Park would be too crowded for me. I don’t know if a wedding there would truly feel special. I’ve been to events at Calamigos Ranch and really enjoyed myself. It’s beautiful and would be my first choice.
Post # 10
sfchick do you know Heirloom’s prices? There are none on their website. Does anyone know the average price for catering a small wedding in LA? I know when it is small the price per head goes up. I am considering renting a space & doing it this way. I want to cost it out & see if it is worth it once I get all the rentals etc.