Post # 1
I’m an OC girl with dreams of getting married somewhere outdoors-y. After searching high and low in my area, it seems that my dream venue doesn’t exist here, so I’ll have to have the wedding a little farther.
I’m looking for somewhere budget friendly (read: $3,000 or under) for 75-100 people. I would like to bring in all of my own vendors too. Looking for a Saturday in March or April of next year (2014).
Outdoors is a must, the more trees, the better (no palm trees!). Think, a woodsy feel. I would love to get married in the mountains but don’t want to make everyone drive that far… so something mountain-esque would be great.
I’m also open to barn / ranch / garden / estate venues. No winerys please.
So far, I’ve found the Secluded Garden Estate and really like it, but would like to consider a few more options before I book.
Since I’m really unfamiliar with the area, I’m hoping someone out there will be able to help me out a little bit! Internet searching is becoming overwhelming.
Post # 3
I got married at Monteleone Meadows in Murrieta, which is the setting I think you’re looking for, but it is inclusive ($90/pp for food, cake, chairs and linens and whatever rentals you’d need to bring in otherwise).
I’m trying to think of cheaper venues where you can bring in your own vendors. The French Estate in Orange is outside vendor friendly I think and could provide the rustic charm you want (I just googled “french estate rustic wedding”-http://www.hoffyblog.com/2002/08/french-estate-orange/ super cute!). How about the Fullerton Arboretum? Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside?
Post # 4
@jackieee: I think that Monteleone Meadows in Murrietta is too expensive if it’s $90 pp. I’m also looking for something more rustic (no palm trees ).
I’ve checked out The French Estate before, but it’s not quite what I want…. Same with the Fullerton Arboretum and Citrus State Historic Park… more palm trees lol.
Definitely looking for something more woodsy, pine trees, oak trees, ect.
My finace and I went to look at The Secluded Garden Estate this weekend, and it was okay but I didn’t love it. I’m not sure if it was because they were off season, but it definitely looked better in pictures than in person.
We’re going to go see the Temecula Under the Oaks venue in a couple of weeks and I have hope there. The snag I have is that music has to be off by 8:30 and you have to be out of there soon after. Since we plan on getting married in March or April it mght not be such a bad thing since it’ll still be a little cold… but I want to celebrate until at least 10 or 11 pm. Maybe I’ll love it so much that I won’t care, but we’ll see.
I’ve begun expanding my search into San Diego territory.. so if there are any suggestions for that area feel free to post them.
Post # 6
@samwisethebrave: Try Lake Oak Meadows, they might be good for what you’re looking for. There is also a company out here, wine country weddings, that offers help in setting up weddings and they have a long list of estates and venues with that you’re looking for. Look them up!
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- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano\'s Humble
It’s been FOREVERRRR since I’ve been there(and mostly to The Stampede aka the Club LOL)…but I thought the big casino out there had a gardeny-non palm tree kinda feel? It’s where my XH’s command had their USMC ball. IDK the name offhand, but it’s in Temecula.
It could be an area to try…OHHHH, and it’s a bit further out, but there is also Ramona. A friend of XH’s got married out there at a park(IDK if that’s an option). He’s from there, and while there are wineries and such, there’s a more “country” kinda feel, because it’s tucked away from the bigger cities. It’s out HWY 78, west-ish of Escondido.
Post # 9
Just to go back to the mountain thing for a second, we had our wedding in Lake Arrowhead at my mom’s cabin, and all of our guests were from OC (we’re from there as well). The drive isn’t that bad. Less than 2 hours in most cases. We loved the woodsy feel of our wedding, and we even had snow on the ground! (February)
If it’s really what you want, go for it. The people who love you will travel.
Post # 10
@Cory_loves_this_girl: Wow, that picture is beautiful! I have checked out Pine Rose Cabins but the quote they gave me was a little high, and even though I would be okay with my family driving up there, I would feel bad that they would need to rent a cabin to stay overnight! (Wouldn’t want anyone trying to drive down the mountain in the dark!).
Post # 11
@cheetah2b: Thank you for your suggestions! My fiance and I are actually going to look at a place in Ramona in a couple of weeks! I’m super excited and am pretty sure that it’s “the one”! It’s a private estate called Hidden Oaks and it’s everything I want! The price is right and the owner even has decorations that she will rent out to you and will act as your day of wedding coordinator for $500 (not sure if that’s a great price yet, need to look around but I think it might be worthwile to hire her since she’ll be familiar with the site).
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano\'s Humble
@samwisethebrave: Pfft, familiarization, DOC, plus SoCal? Yeah, I’d say that’s a great deal! I know here in Houston it starts around $350 and goes up! So for that area, I think you’re good!
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@cheetah2b: Awesome, thanks 🙂
Post # 13
hi was wondering the final place u picked for your venue bc im looking for something the same.Thanks