(Closed) Reception Venues DESPERATE HELP NEEDED BEFORE I ELOPE!

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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48 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Is there an nice park around you like?  You can contact the City Hall in which the park is located and ask how much to have a wedding there.  Then you’ll probably want to rent some nice tents for some privacy and relief from the sun.  You’ll need to contact a catering company to see who will come to the location and supply the food and refreshments.  I think you can do it, but it’s going to take some real planning and coordination with the vendors.  These are the times you need a planner…unless you like doing it yourself.  You tell the planner your budget, tell her what you want to happen and wait for her to report back with the info. Their fee will be included in the total budget you allocate.  They usually have contacts already so it’s easier for them than it would be for you and I. 

Don’t elope…. you still have time.

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t have an suggestions for LA (I am an SD bride), but I just wanted to let you know that I feel ya… I went through the same thing. I was getting SO fed up and stressed out about not being able to find a venue that I literally started having nightmares about it. But then, we found our location, and everything else just fell into place. The same thing will happen for you. Don’t give up. When the right place comes along, you will know.

P.S. We had a lot smaller budget, so I KNOW you will be able to find a place!!!

Post # 6
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Saddle Rock Ranch – Malibu Family Vineyards. If you have your wedding on a Sunday they will give you a discount (as will many of the vendors). The site is breathtaking – it is where I want to have my wedding actually. They vineyard setting is amazing! The views are truly breathtaking. You have to bring in your own vendors for everything – but they will allow you use of the site for a full 24 hours and you can go as late as you want for the music and reception. Good luck!

 http://www.malibufamilywines.com/weddingandsevents.aspx

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Private Garden/The Bungalow Club

We had a very similar problem and it took us 7 months to find our venue.

Check Temescal Gateway Park – its really lovely and they’re super nice, have very few restrictions and have an indoor structure that’s really cool.  Also, they have cabins on-site so you could even have people sleep there for super cheap.

Also check the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. They have a lovely rock garden and are very inexpensive. lapraac.org

Grace Simons Lodge at Elysian Park is also a great bet.

In the end, we decided to go with a restaurant reception and an outdoor garden ceremony.  The restaurant has a patio for dinner, so its sort of outside….

 

Post # 8
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22 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Have you tried Temescal Park? I know a bride who is having a wedding there. I don’t think they are very expensive, but the park could be hard to get hold of. Just keep bugging them! You would have to provide everything yourselves, but that could be done cheaply. Also, they have cabins in the park where your guests can stay.

Our budget and guest # is the same as yours and we had a very hard time getting a park to call us back. So we settled for a semi-outdoors location. We are having our wedding at the Malibu West Beach club, just north of Zuma. It’s very pretty, and there’s a large deck, so it’s half-way outdoors. Their price is $4,500 for 100 guests on a Saturday. And you get 12 hours for the day – so we’ll be there noon to midnight. Nothing is included though – just tables and chairs. But if you have crafty friends and family, as we do, everyone is doing stuff for us.

If you can knock some guests off your list, you might look at http://www.innoftheseventhray.com/home.htm. They are not too pricey if you have fewer guests.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 10
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22 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

there’s really not an easy way. i can send you links to all the places i’ve researched, if you would like.

also, have you tried the offbeatbridetribe? http://www.offbeatbride.ning.com

There’s a group on offbeatbridetribe just for LA or OC brides, you can post questions there. I’ve found they are a more resourceful DIY wedding site, very budget friendly, unlike the knot or project wedding, etc. Some of them had good venue ideas.

Post # 11
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Have you been to the Bridal Bar on Doheny? They are a great resource for all things Wedding in LA.

Post # 12
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hello, I’m the Temescal bride that reddragon knows. The full fee to use the site ended up being about $4100, but $1000 of that is a security deposit. Also included in that is the fee for the staff member that they make you hire for the whole wedding to make sure you don’t set the whole place on fire or steal tree leaves or whatever.

The nice thing about Temescal is that even though they are hard to reach, they are most definitely real people and open to negotiation — not on money, but on anything else that it might say in their rules. For example, if you’re looking for a place that you can party after hours, you can talk to Joyce at Temescal about it as long as you’re willing to do something low-key that won’t violate sound regulations. If you get the lower venue at Temescal, Woodland Hall, you end up with a really good deal. If you use the higher one, Stewart Hall, the ceremony site is much prettier, but it can end up being more expensive because there is no kitchen of any kind.

Post # 13
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh also, that cranky Budget Wedding in L.A. guy has a link to a big spreadsheet of venues he’s researched. budgetweddinginla.blogspot.com

Post # 16
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22 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@reddragon:  How was your wedding here? I am planning to visit the location

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