- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
Hi Bees! I’m a long time reader, first time poster. I recently got engaged, and my fiance and I are having a really frustrating time finding an ocean-view Los Angeles area venue for our 2014 wedding. Luckily, we have a little time to figure it out. Ideally, we are expecting 100-120 guests, but we could easily end up with 150 guests if we find a venue that could accomodate that number of people.
We love the ocean, and since many of our guests will be traveling to Los Angeles for the first time, we really want to have a wedding with a view of the beach/ocean. We do NOT want a garden wedding, indoor ceremony, or to move our wedding to a venue inland, in the valley or downtown. Many of those locations are beautiful, but they’re just not us. However, we do want an indoor reception–as we’ve been to several outdoor evening receptions and most guests leave early because they get cold.
The problem is, we can’t seem to find a single ocean view venue that fits in our budget in LA or Orange counties. Everything we seem to find costs at least $20,000 after you factor in guest parking, the 20-22% service fees, and CA sales tax! And that’s without flowers, photographers, or any other vendors…it’s depressing.
Our budget for reception venue and catering is $13,000 ($15,000 including ceremony space rental), but that MUST include CA sales tax, service fees, rentals (if necessary) and alcohol. Or…it needs to be $1,000 cheaper and allow alcohol to be brought in. Ultimately, we’re looking for catering (including alcohol) for around $75/guest.
I thought that would be a totally reasonable amount, but I’ve yet to find a place that fits that number. Is it even possible to have an ocean view wedding at that budget? Do any bees out there have any affordable ocean-view wedding location recommendations?
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated!