Post # 1
I’m rethinking my original wedding plan and am trying to see if there’s a venue I can rent instead.
Here’s what I need:
*Indoor w/ capacity for 150-175.
*Preferably had tables/chairs available (I really don’t want to deal with rental delivery and pickup at a venue – since most rental companies won’t pickup at night and we’d need to move the table/chairs out for pickup)
*Allows for catering to be brought in
*Allows for alcohol to be brought in
*Has some aesthetic elements (ie: won’t need a ton of decorating work) – ok, I’m pushing it here.
*Doesn’t have a crazy, expensive rental fee.
Does anything come to mind? I’m a So. Cal native who’s been to tons of weddings and am totally drawing blanks.
Post # 3
try the palos verdes interpretive center. it’s right on the ocean and beautiful. you might have to rent a few things, but they have indoor/outdoor area, whale watching, and you can bring whatever food/drinks you want. their rental fee is between 4-6k, if i remember right. which is stupid high, but way lower than other LA places i’ve seen.
Post # 4
also, there are a few places in pasadena (somewhere called the gold room?) that are supposed to be super cheap. good luck!
Post # 5
@smepsi – never heard of the gold room (I’m a Pasadena girl) – can you elaborate on anything else you know about it? or any of the other places in Pasadena you’ve heard of?
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Post # 7
Although I don’t know if all of these meet every criteria you might want to check out
Los Angeles River and Garden Center
Wilshire Grand Hotel (downtown)
Park Plaza Hotel, (not really a hotel)
Also check out the various museums across LA, (natural history museum, Page museum, etc).
Post # 8
Before I decided to go for the Puerto Rico thing, one of my top choices was:
The Oviatt Penthouse http://www.oviatt.com/. I do think they had a minimum I wasn’t thrilled with, but I also think that included at least tables and chairs (though my memory on this is fuzzy). It’s in the Art Deco style so you probably wouldn’t have to or even want to do a lot of decorating and it has an outdoor terrace – not sure how many people it holds. The only thing is that it’s connected to the restaurant on the 1st floor – Cicada (which also rents out space for weddings) so I’m not sure about bringing in your own catering.
I didn’t look into it, but the Figueroa Hotel – I don’t know anything about minimums or catering or anything, but it definitely has plenty of its own unique decor and you wouldn’t have to worry so much about decorating it. I know they have private rooms and recently saw pics of a real wedding there that looked very pretty.
Post # 9
Also, you may already be famiiar with them, but I just discovered these 2 blogs a few days ago – way too late in my own planning – both are LA/So Cal oriented and have some ideas for venues, etc:
Post # 10
What area are you specifically interested in? Also, what kind of budget are you looking at?
We looked at a place that had really, really reasonable rates in Agoura- Malibou Lake Mountain Club. We went somewhere else, but it is pretty, on a lake, and the prices were pretty cheap for what you get. That includes alcohol and food, but it was insanely cheap for the area.
If you go to a place that already has the tables and chairs, you will most likely need to contract with their own catering company. It’s rare to find a place that has everything you need for a wedding, but that you can bring in your own food.
Post # 11
The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is actually way cheaper. You pay for 8 hours I believe and it was about $2k. We looked into it but were offered a family friends place for free. Also, if you decide to look for one with catering and alcohol included, the Los Verdes Country Club is fairly low on the minimums (12k for a Saturday night).
Post # 12
there’s also the baldwin hills scenic overlook, a state park in culver city. ask them about capacity. probably doesn’t have tables and chairs, but it is a new building on a hill with amazing views of downtown, hollywood hills, marina del rey and ocean, etc. i’ve had alcohol there for private events. i think for general park use there is no alcohol.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26047 for building pics.
Post # 13
Check out this place as well. The site looks pretty and prices aren’t too bad.
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Post # 15
What about Marvimon or Smog Shoppe? I think they both let you bring absolutely everything in.
Post # 16
The site rental fee alone for the Marvimon is upwards of $7500 or in that range, from what I was told. You may want to call or email to make sure.