(Closed) Everything included venue

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
2393 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think your budget it a little low to get all that in LA.  

Post # 5
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Check the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. That’s our budget and we’re going to be having our wedding there.


Post # 7
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow… well, that is really going to be TOUGH for an “OMG” venue. Like, really really tough. Can I ask where you have found that will include ALL of that for under $20k? You make it seem like there are several.

I’m not aware of ANY venue in LA that has flourist, DJ, officiant and photographer included. I”ve never heard of such a thing, anywhere, and I have coordinated weddings in Maryland, NYC, and here in LA.

I can almost promise that you won’t find all of those included for the budget you want, but if they do exist, you certainly won’t find it for a place you want to have it at if you are looking for the “OMG” factor.

What you can find is a venue that has prefered vendors, but they are not going to be all inclusive. Basically, you are asking for the almost impossible. I”m not going to lie.



Now… that said, most hotel venues will include:

Catering (food, and sometimes bar)




Plates, glasses, flatware

Day of Coordinator


Bar staff


Dressing room

But you need to expect like, $15,000 minimum for this. But these aren’t really going to be “wow” places. If you really want to save money, there are even cheaper places that can probably go lower to $12,500, but they really won’t be “wow” places either, but still very nice.



Non-hotel vendors:

Your average florist is going to run $1500 (very basic)- $5000 (very floral)

Your average photographer is going to be $1500-2000+(if you want a second shooter, you’re looking closer to $3000)

Officiant $200-500

Your average DJ with basic set up is going to cost $1000-2000



Now, if you are looking for something cheap, I did go to a hotel in Knotts last year that had packages for $48pp, but I can’t recall off-hand which hotel it was. Probably just the Knotts Berry Farm hotel, but I can’t recall, I am sorry. It was just next to the park, you could see the rides from the parking lot.



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Post # 9
5360 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@ladygudiva:  I’ve been to several weddings at the Mission Inn and they are all BEAUTIFUL. Every room is awesome and you get great pictures. You can also go easy on the decorating/flowers because the venue doesn’t need it. 

I don’t know about included photographers/djs/officiants, but the Redondo Beach Historic Library is sort of my dream venue. They have an exclusive caterer/florist/linenes etc. When I got a quote for dinner/cake/reception/ceremony for 150 it was something like $10k, which leaves you PLENTY for a photog, officiant, etc. 

Post # 11
2393 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s very hard to get an OMG wedding without individually picking each of your vendors.  If a vendor is really amazing, I have a hard time thinking they would be a part of a package place.  ESPECIALLY a photographer.  That is something you really want to research and choose your own.

Post # 12
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, a “prefered vendor”, an “exclusive vendor,” and an “included in the package vendor” are three different things, as long as people understand that. A prefered vendor is one that the venue trusts and has worked with, but you aren’t necessarily required to use them; they just know that the vendor gives the kind of service that they approve of. Sometimes you are required to use these exclusive vendors, and sometimes, you can do a buyout of a specific vendor if you want to bring your own. ANd of course, the included vendors, you have no choice over these guys.

There are benefits and negatives to including these vendors as part of an all inclusive package. But before you jump in and try to save money on an all -inclusive, do your research. Usually, the all-inclusives try to cater to brides on a budget, and therefore hire people who are either beginners, who are so old they are “out of touch”, who have less than stellar equipment, that provides a less than stellar service, and more bothersome that probably everything else, they will provide a “cookie cutter event” and leave you with a wedding that has been mass produced over and over again.

Not a problem if money is a bigger issue than having your own unique or personalized event.

Just make sure you look up reviews on each individual included vendor, not just the venue. ANd not just on wedding sites. And each of these 8+ venues you have found, put their “name + scam” and “+ complaint” and such into a google search. ANd see their work, meet each vendor individually before signing the contract. They may be included, but they are still a professional you are hiring and you should meet them first. You can possibly buy someone out, like if you don’t like their photographer, you can probably pay a small fee to do a buyout and bring in someone you like better.

Ask if you can pop in for a quick look-see at another event there. Be sure to be dressed business casual or at least in a nice dress for you and slacks for fiance, and don’t actually go into the party, but ask if you can pop in and if someone can help escort you around so you can see the DJ and the crowd flow and see their florals, etc.


Personally, I would suggest doing this twice before signing on an all inclusive.



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