(Closed) Los Angeles Wedding on a Budget (Less than 7k)

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Check out the Los Angeles Police Academy/ Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (it’s in Elysian Park).  They have a cute little rock garden area, and you can have the reception either outdoors or indoors (in a cool little lodge-type dining hall).  With a wedding as small as yours, you could do both the ceremony and reception in the rock garden area – they have a small upper section that’s perfect for very intimate ceremonies.  They are super cheap there, for the facility rental and food, and I think there are no limits on how late you can have the place.  Here’s the website:


Erika Goudy is the catering director.  She was really helpful when I looked at the place.  The venue ended up being too small for our wedding, but it’s a neat, relatively unknown and offbeat wedding venue.

You might also look at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Palos Verdes for the ceremony, if you want a more beachy location.

I think boat companies that do harbor cruises might also be a good idea for intimate weddings, if you don’t mind being on a boat.  I think those are pretty all-inclusive.

I think that since your wedding will be very small, you’ll be able to make your 7K budget go a long way!

ETA: You can also check out arboretums and botanical gardens.  There’s one in Arcadia, and I also know there’s one in Fullerton, if you’re interested in looking at Orange County as well.

Post # 5
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

WB is being very wierd lately.  I wanted to add that if you care to go further south, then I’d have some additional suggestions since that’s where I got married!  My budget – not including my attire, our rings, or our honeymoon – was $6600 when all was said and done, but we also had 76 people, so you can easily do it for much less.  If you need a caterer, I know of an amazing one that’s very inexpensive!  She came south to do my wedding, but she’s up your way somewhere.

Post # 6
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My husband and I got married in the observation deck at the Santa Monica Pier. Gorgeous view from up there. Our reception was next door at Mariasol. They took care of the rental permit for the observation deck with the city and set up/broke down all the chairs for us. It was a really fun and memorable spot for a wedding and the whole place is surrounded by views of the Pacific Ocean and the pier.

They have different areas to hold the reception depending on how many guests you’re having. And for such a touristy spot, the food was actually pretty good. We all had a great time there.

You could definitely do a wedding there for 25-30 guests and keep it under $7k. We had about 90 and I think we ended up spending around $10k.

Post # 8
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You didn’t specify if you preferred an indoor or outdoor location for both the ceremony and reception.  However, if you want something low budget plus “scenic, beautiful and simple” check out the following:

Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
Orcutt Ranch, West Hills
The Arboretum, Arcadia
The Castaway, Burbank
The Reef, Long Beach
Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach

Post # 9
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

To add to Sunflowergrl’s suggestions, what about Calimigos Ranch out near Malibu? They do a lot of events and it’s kinda close to the beach. Or Griffith Park could work. And in Hollywood, check to see if there are still events held at Wattles Mansion-the grounds are amazing.

Post # 11
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Bella3113: Have you looked into getting married on a cruise ship.  I did mine on Carnival, you can click on my name to see my pics in RECAPS.  It was great!!!  I had 50 people, so small is good 🙂

Post # 12
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m getting married in Dana Point overlooking the ocean.  50ppl max. Dana Point and Laguna have great parks that you can rent under $500.  You can have the wedding and reception there if you desire.  Or you can decide to have the reception @ a local restaurants:


Salt Creek Grille

Tivlio and Tivlio II

Chart House

PM me if you need additional info.  I also have great photographer and seamstress if needed.

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