Post # 1
Any outside-the-box ideas? Everything seems to be too far outside of town. We’re looking to have our ceremony and reception in one place- no religious affiliation. We liked saddlerock but it can get pricey so we’re hoping for some alternatives. Help!
Post # 3
@SoCalBride2013: i’m also looking at similar places…haven’t checked them out yet, but Calamigos Ranch and Camarillo Ranch are pretty affordable near-LA rustic sites
Post # 4
Try googling “private estate” or “historic house” and your desired city. That’s how I found my venue (I’m in OC).
This location has stunning views but is mostly outdoor. And it’s in Malibu. http://www.ranchodelcielomalibu.com/
This place looks lovely. http://www.stonemanorlighting.com/stone-manor-gardens
Or ask the director at one of the large locations if they can recommend a more intimate or unique venue. It never hurts to ask. Good luck!!
Post # 5
I know you said no religious affiliation, but you might want to look at Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena. It basically ends up being a space rental–you don’t have to use their minister or anything, no religion necessary. It’s best for afternoon weddings as they have fussy neighbors who don’t like the music going into the evening (we did an 11am ceremony in their smaller chapel, followed by an outdoor lunch reception). Anna, their coordinator, is really helpful, and you can bring in all your own vendors, although they also have recommendations if you need them.
Post # 6
What about this one : http://www.wayfarerschapel.org/
It’s a glass chapel surrounded by the woods with a view of the beach. You can’t have your reception there but it’s so beautiful that it might be worth it to you.
Post # 7
We’re having our reception at the Rococo Room in Pasadena! It’s got a semi-rustic vibe to it with the wooden beams and twinkly lights – it used to be a carpentry mill! I love that! They also do ceremonies 🙂
This place also looks gorgeous:
Post # 8
I know you said LA, but the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim is both woodsy and rustic (and pretty inexpensive). http://www.anaheim.net/title/Community+Services/Oak+Canyon+Nature+Center/
Otherwise, for rustic in LA, have you checked out Marvimon or Smogshoppe (same owner, two locations)? We liked Marvimon a lot but parking could be tricky. They are also pretty eco-friendly. http://marvimon.com/
None of these are religious in nature.
Post # 9
Another one that I’ve seen beautiful wedding pictures of in Pasadena is Happy Trails Catering. I haven’t been in, and it looks totally blah from the outside, but all the pictures I’ve seen of weddings there are beautiful. They have a huge tree in the courtyard with a small stage around it that it seems you can do your ceremony on, and then have the reception in the courtyard.
Wayfarers is so gorgeous, but I remember it being somewhere around $3000 for ceremony alone. Plus you have to use one of their ministers, which makes it religious.
Post # 10
What’s your budget? There are lot of nature-y venues in the Malibu area but lots of them are quite pricey.
I looked at Marvimon and SmogShoppe and though they are both very hip and eco, they both have a distinct “city” vibe that is not woodsy or rustic at all. The ceremony location for SmogShoppe, for example, is basically a dressed-up parking lot.
Post # 11
i completely agree that smogshoppe and marvimon have that “city” vibe. as far as budget is concerned, the most expensive property we’re considering is saddlerock which is a 5k site fee, nothing included. it’s very challenging trying to compensate those dollars in caterers and rentals! so ideally not quite so much unless additional items are included. i’d love to hear about other outdoorsy venues exist in malibu! i’ve done quite a bit of research and cant seem to find that perfect combination of woodsy/classy while being budget friendly at the same time.