(Closed) desperately looking for a venue in the OC (long)

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

have you looked into any of the yacht weddings??  My friend got married on a yacht out of Newport…it was one of the nicest weddings I’ve gone to…and it was ALL inclusive.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i definately, definately feel your pain.  my fiance, and both our families, are all from the midwest, and planning a wedding in LA has been out of control!!  our budget was out the window a long time ago … we’re down to "do what you can."

 that being said – there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be happy with your venue.  it’s a lot of money, and a huge part of the day!  i’d recommend looking at a place where you can do ceremony + reception; it’s sometimes cheaper in the long run. 

 if you’d be willing to look a little further north … maybe la venta (in the off season!!!) or palos verdes golf course in PV … or the reef restaurant or coast long beach hotel in long beach?  sorry i’m not more help in OC … we didn’t really look there.  

good luck & hang in there!!!!

 

 

Post # 6
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Newbee

Would you consider a decent part of Long Beach? My venue is the Betty H. Reckas Cultural Center. It’s a classy venue, no rental fee, but you have to use their caterer, which is good. What kind of venue are you looking for?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

If you have a $20,000 budget and are not finding things "acceptable" to the family, then you should probably have a chat with your family about what $20,000 does and does not buy in your area. Perhaps their expectations are based on an economy from 20 years ago. If you liked those places that your family deemed "too far" and they are within your budget, break down the numbers for them.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi Reesey,  sorry to hear about your ordeal.  I think I will be running into the same problem with my budget — I haven’t even started my search for a venue.  I don’t know what kind of venue you guys are looking at and how big your wedding is going to be, but you might want to check out Cannon’s in Dana Point — if that’s not too far for your family.  My fiance and I went there for our anniversary dinner last year and a wedding was taking place at that time outside in their deck area.  I don’t know all the details but it seems affordable and might be worth checking out and finding out.  Its a nice venue since its near the water.  Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I would say check the Grand Tradition. I have a lot of friends getting married there. Apparently, they have a heart shaped lake…cheesy if you ask me but they really like it. I am not sure on costs but just another option. Hope it works out!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Rainforest wedding, beachfront restaurant reception

I went to a nice wedding at Ole Hason Beach Club in San Clemente. It’s right by the water and the ceremony was held on the lawn. From what I understand, the rates are pretty reasonable.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Check out Strawberry Farms in Irvine, The Summit House in Fullerton, adn there is a very nice banquet hall on Beach Blvd. in the fullerton/brea area this is affordable.

Post # 14
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Newbee

Don’t get depressed. You’re bound to find a place! I agree with CarolineG..sometimes family doesn’t know what the real cost of a wedding is these days until you show them the numbers that you’re dealing with. What’s your central area?

Post # 15
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Newbee

How many guests are you planning to have?

Post # 16
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Newbee

Hi Reesy,

I helped my sister look for unique locations in OC. So here are the locations we came up with. She eventually decided to do a destination wedding in Cancun to limit the number of guests. Hope you find something that you feel comfortable with.

Home

http://www.caprilaguna.com

http://www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/parks_n_recreation/hillcrest_terrace.asp

http://www.centennialmuseum.org

http://fullertonarboretum.org

http://www.orangecountymansion.com

http://www.marconimuseum.org
 

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