(Closed) The Castaway

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I planned my senior prom at Castaway four years ago. It was a very tame event, tiny school and a good third of the crowd was teachers, but there were other proms at the same time that were way out of control, so watch out during prom and homecoming season!

Other than that, it was super easy. I loved the coordinator I worked with, she was easy to get a hold of, remembered all our requests and was super nice. It also was a bargain compared to all the other places I had checked out (just about every banquet hall and country club in northern LA county).

The food was good, if typical of a banquet hall. We did get one of the lowest packages, so that probably played a role. It was all served warm and at the same time, which is a big deal if you’re having a plated dinner! We didn’t have alcohol (obviously), but they still worked with us to provide drinks we asked for such as arnold palmers, which a lot of other places wouldn’t do.

One thing I loved about the place was being able to come in the morning of to decorate instead of in the afternoon. I did all the centerpieces, and they set up the tables and linens early just so I could get it done in the morning.

Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions feel free to PM me.

Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of my best friends got married at the Castaway (her parents were married there too!).  It’s a nice location, but one issue we ran into was that the wedding before hers ran late.  I think they were still clearing things out and setting up for us a few minutes before her reception was supposed to start.  They seemed to have a few other weddings and events going on that day.  It all worked out nicely in the end, but it was stressful for awhile. 

I was one of her BMs, and we took pictures at the Castaway before and they looked great — the mountains in the background, the gazebo, etc., and we also took some pictures indoors too. 

Another thing to consider — she had her ceremony at the gazebo, which was beautiful because it looked out onto the mountains, but it’s also right next to the parking lot.  It was fine because they blocked it off/put up partitions, but be prepared for a lot of cars and people if you plan on having your ceremony at the gazebo!

Overall, I liked the venue.  The reception was especially beautiful because the sun was setting through the huge windows, and we had great views.  It made for really warm and romantic lighting. 

Post # 5
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

My aunt was married there 26 years ago. 😉 I don’t remember it from personal experience, but my dad suggested it when we were shopping out venues. I’ve read some reviews that indicated that it’s not maintained as nicely as it used to be, and that the food is mediocre. But I think it’s worth a visit. As far as I know they have a restaurant and if you try it and like the food it’s worth a shot… it’s certainly convenient, and they must know what they’re doing with all the events they hold there.

Post # 6
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man of a 400-ish guest wedding 2 years ago.  It happened to rain the day of and the logistics were a nightmare.  They were supposed to shuttle people from the lower parking lot to the top parking lot, but there wasn’t a shuttle in sight.  I almost died when I saw the Mother of the Groom trekking up the hill and getting all wet!  When the bride and groom arrived they were horrified.  They were also doing some construction leading up the room and they had been promised the area would be cleaned up.

The food was forgettable but passable (I say that if food is important to you, look elsewhere).  The windows in the room actually fogged up, so any city lights weren’t even visible – but not sure it would have made a difference because of the weather.

She didn’t do any pictures at the site, but I have a cute one of my now Fiance and me by the gazebo.

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had my Senior Prom there 10 years ago.  It was nice.  The views are beautiful.  I have no idea what the pricing is like there for a wedding, but I thought it was a pretty location.  I think this is a place that only has one wedding a day, which also helps so that you aren’t being shuffled in and shuffled out like cattle.  Best of luck to you.

Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never been there for a wedding but I’ve been a few times for dinner.  The food is classic american.  Fine but not great.  As someone else mentioned, if the food is really important to you, I’d go elsewhere.  One time when I was there I saw that there were two weddings going on at the same time.  Something to consider.  Sorry, not much help but thought I’d throw that little nugget of info out there.

Post # 9
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

There is definitely not one wedding a day; there can be one in every single banquet room they have at the same time!

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