(Closed) Why is it so hard to find a venue?! – Southern California

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Did you try negotiating the cost? I know my friend’s guest list is around yours and their budget is lower and Ebell LA was in their budget. Were you asking for a lot of add ons?

Also, we invited 210 and our final guest count was a little under 170 so don’t sweat it. I have read that usually 20-30% respoond with a no.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think your lack of responses is pretty indicative to the fact that Socal is freaking hard to plan a wedding in unless your a Rockefeller.  We started looking elsewhere because we were hitting walls every where we looked.

Sorry that doesn’t help, but I can at least understand and empathize!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Dang, I wish my budget was that much haha, I am having a hard time finding a venue as well..and my budget is wayyyyy under that! Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Candycane:  Actually it’s not, but it does very much depend on what you want.  I was thrilled with all of my choices and my wedding total was under $7k.  My wedding however was quite a bit smaller and my style isn’t quite as posh as the Biltmore and Ebell are.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  1. @cocobe:  Well, it depends on when you are planning on getting married.  I found a real gem in San Pedro at the Marina.  It is costing us $1500 for the outdoor venue (which is a grassy & cement area overlooking the water) and we got the place from 8am till midnight.  If you also want to rent the room that is next to it(with a kitchen), I believe the total for both is $2700 for the day.  They allow you to use your own bar and all our own vendors.  At 8am they give u the keys and you are required to return the keys at midnight in the same condition you found it.  Parking is free for everyone, and the Doubletree hotel is located next door, stumbling distance for all your intoxicated guests 🙂

If this sounds good, I would highly recommend contacting Henry, he coordinates all events at this location.  My wedding is in August, and I’m sooo looking forward to it. 

Website: http://www.cymcabrillo.com/

 

Good luck!  It is possible to have a nice wedding with your budget.  My total budget is about half of yours, and I think mine is going to be lovely! 

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@jenthejem:  Oh, and the website does NO justice.  It doesn’t even have pictures of the actual spot.  If interested, you really should go down there and take a look. 

 

I looked at various places in LA area, and for a while I thought I’d never find a reasonable place…

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was having the same issue. I didn’t realize I has such expensive tastes and all I really wanted was an ocean view! My fiancé and I ended up picking a venue on the Fort MacArthur AirForce Base in San Pedro and I LOVE it. It has tons of space, lawns and is very private. If you look up “Erhart’s By The Sea” youll find it and you just need a military sponsor to use the base (anyone active duty or retired). Other places I looked into are the long beach museum of art, la venta inn (gorgeous views up in Palos Verdes) and the ebell club which you’ve seen. I’ve also been to some lovely weddings at the Shorebreak hotel in Huntington Beach, a reception at the Norris pavilion in palos verdes, and Casa Romantica in San Clemente. Also, if you want a grand feeling, look into the Nixon library in Yorba Linda and the white house in Anaheim. Hope that was helpful… I have a few more suggestion so pm me if you need more or have any questions! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was just about to post basically the same thing.. my rant is on food & beverage minimums!!! Crazy. I always assumed I’d be able to find one of these coastal resorts (my max budget is about twice yours) and I STILL can’t afford it! It seems lame to be “complaining” or “disappointed” with the budget I have – I feel very lucky, but I am realizing I’m several budget tiers below having the things I dreamed of in southern california. I can’t believe ALL these resorts have enough clients for weddings at all of them all summer with F&B minimums of $45-65k on top of $5-10k site fees!!! Also a bunch of places I like work with an exclusive caterer that is $250/pp.

Ebell and Biltmore and everywhere else “grand” in LA is just… expensive. 

I’ve literally looked through hundreds of sites and had to delete from the list maybe my top 20. We have no choice but a 100-150 people guestlist because FI’s fam is huge… so I’m finding that to marry this man and his family (which I’m so excited to) I’m gonna have to reel in my fantasy wedding considerably. Or choose to have like no decorations and cheap music and photography (but why on earth would you spend so much on a venue and then cheap out on everything else!?) My compromise thus far (and suggestion to you if you’re open to outdoors) is to pretty much give up the Saturday resort (or ballroom) idea, and look at vineyards and gardens because they already have a natural decorated feel and an upscale vibe, some include a few rentals, and alot allow outside caterers. We are also now looking at Fridays and even Thursdays. A friend of mine did great vineyard wedding up north for about $45k not including the dress…it was sparse on extras and it might have been an iPod DJ, but you hardly noticed. The food was good and the place was beautiful. Just my opinion but I think it’s easier to make nature look more upscale (I’m assuming thats what you want by your choice in venues) than it is to get a cheaper ballroom that requires much more decoration and disguise and lacks all of the architectural design… I guess at the end of the day this is a big exercise in prioritizing…  Ok. end rant. Good luck!  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

SoCal Brides looking for help should contact wedding planner Kimi Wislocki, with Perfect Planning. She’s a friend of mine and I’ve been to a couple weddings she’s done. If I were still living in SoCal she’s the first vendor I would have booked. She’s got relationships with venues all over Southern California and I’m sure can help you navigate those negotiations. http://www.perfectplanningevents.com/

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Let us know what other places you find and what you decide! I love hearing about other southern California brides’ venues!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It is definitely VERY expensive to have a wedding in So Cal!  We looked everywhere and we found our venue at a Queen Mary bridal fair we attended.  Our venue is the Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach.  We’re having 120 guests.  We chose their $7500 package (it’s actually for 100 guests but because our wedding is on a Sunday, they let us have the extra 20 for the exact same price as 100).  Our total budget is $20,000.  It’s a very nice golf course with a nice little terrace where we will have our ceremony.  The reception room has a beautiful panoramic view of the course.  The event coordinators are SOOO nice and helpful.  We absolutely love our venue and can’t wait to get married there in October! 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I know the Chart House in Redondo Beach does weddings, they are reasonably priced, and you get married on a beach like location. 

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