(Closed) Calamigos Ranch Malibu vs Il Cielo Beverly Hills?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Calamigos Ranch or Il Cielo for ceremony & reception.
    Calamigos Ranch : (2 votes)
    67 %
    Il Cielo : (0 votes)
    Il Cielo with ceremony somewhere else please suggest a nearby outdoor location that is beautiful. : (1 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
    530 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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 # 5
    530 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @lovlea1: 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
    3358 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @sfchick:  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
    27 posts
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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 # 9
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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.  

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