Post # 1
I am getting married in Glendale, CA (Southern Cal) and were wondering if any of you had any feedback/comments for the following reception venues:
Glendale Hilton, La Canada Country Club, Brookside Golf Club, Westin Pasadena, Luminarias (Monterey Park, CA), and Castle Green.
Our tentative date is March ’09 and would prefer an indoor reception for 250-300 guests. We visited the Glendale Hilton and La Canada CC yesterday. Personally, I liked the Glendale Hilton so much more than the country club. Problem is, there is a huge price difference between the two and the country club is too tight for 250-300 guests.
Anyway, any recommendation and feedback would be greatly appreciated! I’m also open to recommendations for other venues not mentioned above.
Post # 3
this website is a great resource for SoCal brides:
i’ve used it several times!
a few places we looked at:
~Redondo Beach Public Library Building
~Marriott Manhattan Beach
~Renaissance Hotel Long Beach
~Queen Mary (Long beach)
all these are southwest of Glendale, but if you’re open to having it outside of Glendale, you may find something more roomy and for less…
GOOD LUCK & HAPPY PLANNING!!!
Post # 4
Thanks, MoreShoesPlease. I’ve looked at wedding compass, project wedding, and herecomestheguide several times. Our planner recommends Castle Green but I’m not too sure since I’ve heard mixed reviews about them. I’m sort of hesitant of having our reception far from our church since most of our guests are from out of town (no mode of transportation). I think the farthest we’d go is downtown LA, Monterey Park, and Monrovia.
Post # 5
hmmmi havent heard too many glowing compliments of Castle Green
have you visited them adntalked to the onsite coordinator?
Post # 6
Not yet. My fiance and I plan to drive by the location today. If we like it, we’ll make an appointment with our planner. Where is your reception going to be?
Post # 7
Castle Green is gorgeous!!! It has been in many films, including many parts of Bobby. I loved it, and it was very reasonably priced. Parts of it are a bit run down, but I think it only added to the charm. I nearly booked it for my own wedding.
Post # 8
our SoCal wedding is Feb 2009 – we booked the marriott in long beach for a combination of reasons: it was close to the airport for oot guests, close to the church, the price was right, it wasnt already booked when we were shopping around, and it was available the same day the church was available…
we specifically wanted a hotel reception to minimize guests driving home intoxicated b/c we’re having an open bar… that was a huge deal for us – to have people be able to stay the night w/o driving home if they consumed too much…
it’s nothing "fancy" like the renaissance hotel in long beach or swanky like hotel roosevelt, and definitely not as pricey as trump golf course in PV and we figured, hey – it’s only the reception and we ddint think it was gonna be a huge deal WHERE as opposed to spending time with family and friends…
GOOD LUCK & HAPPY PLANNING!!!
Post # 9
we looked at brookside country club – their manager is great and easy to talk to.
i thought the place was nice, but it might be tight for the number of people you want to invite. their packages will be kinda similar to the la canada club. it was quiet that day, as they were setting up for an event later that night, and i really liked the view it had of the golf course (although it’ll be dark by the time your event starts…)
ultimately we didn’t like the idea of having a reception in pasadena and we passed. also their minimum was on the high side considering our budget, but you should meet it easily with your number of guests.
Post # 10
have you looked into the castaway restaurant? it’s located in burbank. i had my ceremony and reception there….the price is decent and the food was pretty good. They have banquet rooms of all different sizes, and I’m pretty sure they can accomodate the party of your size.
Post # 11
we looked at the renaissance hotel in long beach as a possible reception place. the caterering manager, christy, was super nice. they had two possible ballrooms to choose from: 1) standard ballroom and 2) newly rennovated tuscany style ballroom, which i thought was beautiful. you should make an appt. just to see it. good luck.
Post # 12
~marriott in marina del rey
~shanghai red’s in marina del rey (great restaurant!! food is yumm!)
~trump golf course in pv ~dorothy chandler pavillion
~ritz carlton in laguna
~ports o’call in san pedro
~loew’s in santa monica
~shutters in santa monica
~los veredes country club in rpv
~pickwick gardens in burbank
~imperial palace in pasadena
~altadena town & country club
~calamigos in the ‘bu
~el dorado gold club in long beach