Post # 1
I was wondering how the Villa compares against Castle Green? Who has the better caterer (Santa Anita Gardens Catering vs. Castle Catering), ambiance, and service? I know Castle Green allows outdors music and dancing and allows party to extend til 11:30pm. Not sure if the Villa allows music and dancing outdoors and know that party must end at 9:30pm. What are your thoughts.
Post # 3
I don’t really know much about either venue, but I saw the villa in one of the videos on my videographer’s site, and thought it was simply gorgeous. If you are looking for a great videographer, he is the best!! daniel from DvArtistry…
Post # 4
According to knottie bios (you might want to check those out, they are very informative), the Villa’s food was good, but nothing special. The common complaint was that the Villa’s coordinator is a pain and unresponsive.
I didn’t look at Castle Green, but I seem to recall that you can bring in your own caterer.
Post # 5
cvanavi – The Villa and Castle Green are two vastly different venues – it all depends on the kind of wedding you want to have. I have experience with both (and chose one over the other as my venue). PM if you would like my take.
Having been on the knot boards for some time, I don’t believe that there were any true complaints that the coordinator was a "pain" or "unresponsive". She may not use email, but she was never off-putting.
Post # 6
We had our wedding at the Castle Green and enjoyed the experience immensely. The venue is gorgeous, which means our pics are beautiful if for no other reason than the surroundings. They have about 5 different caterers you can pick from, which range in pricing, or you can bring in an outside caterer for an additional fee. The only hiccup we had was with the scheduled date and time for our rehearsal, but it all worked out without too much heartburn.
We are so glad we chose the historic Castle Green.
Post # 7
This place is not meant to have weddings. I had my wedding there this past summer, and they called the police on my wedding. I ended up with 75 guests, 50% of which were older adults, not even dancing. My DJ turned down his music even though there were already ONLY 5 people on the dance floor because you are required to close all the doors and it’s like a sweatbox in there. They will tell you that you can have the doors open all the way until the final meeting when they throw it on you, 5 days before your wedding that they have to be closed. BY 6PM, the police had been called on us 4 times for just the microphone we did our vows into. We had an acoustic guitarist play for our ceremony, which we got approval on by the Venue Coordinator, then we LOST our deposit ($500.00) for it? They said it was AMPLIFIED, although we have our wedding video to prove it was just ACOUSTIC. The police came up to me as a BRIDE & I quote this said to me on my wedding night “They can’t control you and they have called us out here to make everyone leave, if you don’t get everyone out of here in 5 mins. we will raid this place”. We spent thousands of dollars on our wedding and had family from all over, including internatioal guests being kicked out at 830PM. It was not even past the city curfew.embarassing and disheartning. I would NOT suggest booking your wedding here. They will make it all sound nice until you sign the contract and pay the deposit. Everything comes out the last week before. I also paid $350.00 for 5 gallons of Sangria, which it was later told to me that it was watered down and gone within the fist 30 mins.I never got one of them. I later heard from my wedding coordinator that they just wanted to go home early, so they worked up the police idea. I am really upset, but I didn’t let it ruin my wedding. I just want other people to know my experience so they can make the best choice for them, knowing what past Brides and their families have had to endure.
Post # 8
@vintageglamgirly: which venue was this? villa or castle green?