Post # 1
I need helpif anyone has any ideas/suggestions of outdoor, woodsy, nature-inspired, rustic barn/farm ceremony and reception venue in Southern California. I live near the Whittier area, so looking to go no further than LA or the OC (1hr max travel distance for guest) We want a place that is outdoors, surrounded by a natural setting, we are flexible w/ catering & BYOB. An affordable price range would be fantastic $5,000 max and large enough to have 80-100 guest. I am open to camp style, middle of the forest or a park. Wedding is October 2019. Please help!! Thank you 🙂
Post # 2
foxfox55 : sorry this one is a little bit out of your travel distance ( its about an hour and 15 mins from whittier)
strathearn museum simi valley
It is really cute and crazy cheap! They have a big barn that hosts most of the receptions or a courtyard. Its part of a small olden day outdoor museum (so think general store, old church etc.)
Post # 3
Irvine Regional Park. It’s outdoors, there is a barn, and picnic tables. It would be a fun setting and I believe the parks are responsibly priced.
Post # 4
foxfox55 : Do you need to be in California? Really concerned about random fires that keep burning the state down. That’s a lot of risk and we don’t know what next summer will look like.
For what you’re asking for, look into Flagstaff, AZ or Taos/Red River, NM.
Post # 5
diamonddust8 : Oh yes! It’s so pretty too!!
OP you can also have 75 people at Santa Ana courthouse its gorgeous then have the reception elsewhere.
Post # 6
You have to request the 75 person room ahead of time and request weekend unless you want to do it during business hours
Post # 7
My brother got married at Oak Canyon Nature Center in the Anaheim Hills area. They had the reception at a restaurant after though. It was a very small wedding (50ish ppl). Very rustic and affordable!!
Post # 8
Oak Canyon Nature Center is lovely!
Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an amazing Redwood Grove that is straight out of the John Muir Woods in SF.
Also, check out The French Estate in Orange. It’s a historic home near the 22 and 5 and 57 interchange.
Try calling a few places, even if they don’t quite meet your cirteria, and ask them for recommendations in the area. That’s how I found my venue several years ago. Good luck!