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Mission San Fernando Rey de España

Mission Hills , CA

LOCATION

15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA US 91345 (map)

PHONE

818-361-0186

WEBSITE

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justadeb
Wedding:
6/24/2007
4.0/5.0
My DH and I fell in love with the Mission on our first visit. It feels very pastoral -- it's hard to imagine you are right in the middle of the city. All of our guests really enjoyed the venue and our pictures look amazing. Definitely an affordable, beautiful option for Catholic weddings in LA. Barbara was definitely difficult to deal with. Where to begin? She is impossible to get in touch with. Finally, she gave me her personal number, which I used, and got a very chilly response from who I can only imagine was her husband. Never called that number again! With less than a month to go she let me know that I owed her $150. For what, I'm not sure, since I never 'hired' her to do anything, but at that point you can't say no. She was patient at the rehearsal and everyone seemed to know what we had to do. The wedding day had a couple of minor problems -- the first one being that, because they stack weddings and the guests from the previous wedding were lingering -- there was nowhere for our guests to park. We had to delay by almost 10 minutes. Then, even though she told us that we had until a certain time to take pictures after the ceremony, that wasn't actually the case and 15 minutes before the time she had told us, she was rushing us out the door. Because she was ready to go home. Not to mention the tacky announcement she made -- asking the guests to turn off their cell phones and then asking them to stand before i walked in. That's what the bridal march is played for!! Guess I was a little more upset than I thought. Just be clear with her exactly what you want her role to be on the day of and be up front about what you want in the ceremony -- if there is something you're not sure fits within Catholic guidelines, ask your priest, not the church coordinator.
My DH and I fell in love with the Mission on our first visit. It feels very pastoral -- it's hard to imagine you are right Read more...
My DH and I fell in love with the Mission on our first visit. It feels very pastoral -- it's hard to imagine you are right in the middle of the city. All of our guests really enjoyed the venue and our pictures look amazing. Definitely an affordable, beautiful option for Catholic weddings in LA. Barbara was definitely difficult to deal with. Where to begin? She is impossible to get in touch with. Finally, she gave me her personal number, which I used, and got a very chilly response from who I can only imagine was her husband. Never called that number again! With less than a month to go she let me know that I owed her $150. For what, I'm not sure, since I never 'hired' her to do anything, but at that point you can't say no. She was patient at the rehearsal and everyone seemed to know what we had to do. The wedding day had a couple of minor problems -- the first one being that, because they stack weddings and the guests from the previous wedding were lingering -- there was nowhere for our guests to park. We had to delay by almost 10 minutes. Then, even though she told us that we had until a certain time to take pictures after the ceremony, that wasn't actually the case and 15 minutes before the time she had told us, she was rushing us out the door. Because she was ready to go home. Not to mention the tacky announcement she made -- asking the guests to turn off their cell phones and then asking them to stand before i walked in. That's what the bridal march is played for!! Guess I was a little more upset than I thought. Just be clear with her exactly what you want her role to be on the day of and be up front about what you want in the ceremony -- if there is something you're not sure fits within Catholic guidelines, ask your priest, not the church coordinator. Read less
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catholicmegs
Wedding:
6/21/2007
3.0/5.0
The mission is beautiful and very inexpensive for a Catholic wedding in Los Angeles. You have to bring your own priest and weddings are stacked on the weekendssometimes as many as five in a row, but they give you time before and after the ceremony for pictures, etc. so it shouldnt feel too rushed. Barbara, the coordinator, is very nice, but only in on Fridays, which can be frustrating. A is for the church itselfgorgeous, inexpensive, convenient to Los Angeles without being right in the middle of the city. We really like it. The C is for Barbara. The rehearsal and ceremony both went well, but here's why she gets a C: 1) Three months before the wedding, I called to schedule the rehearsal because I hadn't heard from Barbara and needed to book the RD. She sounded genuinely surprised to hear from me, but booked us for Friday afternoon. Following that, there was NO contact until 2 weeks before the wedding. 2) Two weeks before the wedding, Barbara calls to check on my ceremony, asking me about music, readers, etc. When I told her what we'd planned, she sounded surprised and impressed that we had everything handled. The wedding was in two weeks! and we'd booked the church over a year ago. Did she honestly think we would be waiting for her to call before lining up readers and talking to the priest?? 3) During this phone call, she starts going over all sorts of things we will be doing, none of which we had ever talked about (when would we?) and most of which we didn't want to do. We put our foot down for a couple, at which she was surprised, did a few because it seems that's how it's done (and those few did turn out nice, like the petal toss at the end), and our priest gave us the eye and we all mutually ignored some of her instructions, like the weird "hand-off" from my Dad to the groom, which was against all of our principles and even the Catholic church. But she never asked what we wanted to do, just started implementing things. 4) When we arrived for our rehearsal, the lovely rose garden in front of the church where people come in was torn upthe whole area was under construction and there were Bobcats and such everywhere. It looked awful. The solution? "We'll cover it with a tarp for tomorrow." Which they did. But it still looked awfulno heads-up was given, no suggestions on making it look nicer, no money refunded or reparations offered. 5) During our one phone call, Barbara went over what we need to bring, and then tosses in "and a check for $150 to cover my services". Barbara was listed on the information pamphlet as being available for wedding coordination, but it was never stated it was mandatory. Apparently, it is. We argued briefly at the rehearsal, but in the end we just paid her to avoid the stress. She did NOTHING for our wedding whatsoever. She even forgot to cue the bagpiper for our exitluckily, he decided to poke his head in to find out how far along we were and caught us descending the altar, hand in hand. If you decide to marry at the mission, stay on top of her (call first thing Friday morning or you'll just get a busy signal) and be very firm about your choices. And know you'll have to pay her extra regardless of what she actually does for you.
The mission is beautiful and very inexpensive for a Catholic wedding in Los Angeles. You have to bring your own priest and Read more...
The mission is beautiful and very inexpensive for a Catholic wedding in Los Angeles. You have to bring your own priest and weddings are stacked on the weekendssometimes as many as five in a row, but they give you time before and after the ceremony for pictures, etc. so it shouldnt feel too rushed. Barbara, the coordinator, is very nice, but only in on Fridays, which can be frustrating. A is for the church itselfgorgeous, inexpensive, convenient to Los Angeles without being right in the middle of the city. We really like it. The C is for Barbara. The rehearsal and ceremony both went well, but here's why she gets a C: 1) Three months before the wedding, I called to schedule the rehearsal because I hadn't heard from Barbara and needed to book the RD. She sounded genuinely surprised to hear from me, but booked us for Friday afternoon. Following that, there was NO contact until 2 weeks before the wedding. 2) Two weeks before the wedding, Barbara calls to check on my ceremony, asking me about music, readers, etc. When I told her what we'd planned, she sounded surprised and impressed that we had everything handled. The wedding was in two weeks! and we'd booked the church over a year ago. Did she honestly think we would be waiting for her to call before lining up readers and talking to the priest?? 3) During this phone call, she starts going over all sorts of things we will be doing, none of which we had ever talked about (when would we?) and most of which we didn't want to do. We put our foot down for a couple, at which she was surprised, did a few because it seems that's how it's done (and those few did turn out nice, like the petal toss at the end), and our priest gave us the eye and we all mutually ignored some of her instructions, like the weird "hand-off" from my Dad to the groom, which was against all of our principles and even the Catholic church. But she never asked what we wanted to do, just started implementing things. 4) When we arrived for our rehearsal, the lovely rose garden in front of the church where people come in was torn upthe whole area was under construction and there were Bobcats and such everywhere. It looked awful. The solution? "We'll cover it with a tarp for tomorrow." Which they did. But it still looked awfulno heads-up was given, no suggestions on making it look nicer, no money refunded or reparations offered. 5) During our one phone call, Barbara went over what we need to bring, and then tosses in "and a check for $150 to cover my services". Barbara was listed on the information pamphlet as being available for wedding coordination, but it was never stated it was mandatory. Apparently, it is. We argued briefly at the rehearsal, but in the end we just paid her to avoid the stress. She did NOTHING for our wedding whatsoever. She even forgot to cue the bagpiper for our exitluckily, he decided to poke his head in to find out how far along we were and caught us descending the altar, hand in hand. If you decide to marry at the mission, stay on top of her (call first thing Friday morning or you'll just get a busy signal) and be very firm about your choices. And know you'll have to pay her extra regardless of what she actually does for you. Read less
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Ava
Wedding:
5/5/2007
5.0/5.0
The mission was the most beautiful place to marry. It has great backrounds for photos. Plus Barbara is the best. She helped with everything and made my wedding cake for us.
The mission was the most beautiful place to marry. It has great backrounds for photos. Plus Barbara is the best. She Read more...
The mission was the most beautiful place to marry. It has great backrounds for photos. Plus Barbara is the best. She helped with everything and made my wedding cake for us. Read less
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