Help! Too Many Christmas Parties

So I am getting married on Dec. 19, 2009 and I am still trying to find a reception venue (I am picky about it, I DONT want a ballroom and we have a guest list of 40). The problem is that many of the venues I have found have priority booking for companies who held christmas parties previously at their venue. I don't know what to do. The majority of the venues are telling me to wait or "no" and I am running out of time and ideas. I know it is still 1.5 yr until the wedding, but places book quickly in LA, especially during the holidays. I can't move my date, plus we have already booked a church in LA and it is the only date that works for us. Please, HELP!!! Any ideas?

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm
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Well you said that you want something different and that you are having a small group, what about getting a fabulously huge hotel suite that has a nice view and move all the furniture and use that as your site? I have been to one dinner party in a suite that had about 30 people, it was really fun. Just a random thought!

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm
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Posted on July 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm
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money talks - if you already have it - tell them you can get them a check today then pony up.. money usually works and "greases the wheel" so to speak.


plus - i hate to say it - but a party for 40 people isnt as revenue generating as a company party for let's say 300???


but if you are firm with your approach, firm, not b!tchy - and you have the $$$$, that usually does the trick in situations i've been in...

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm
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is it possible to move the wedding oc?? and change the church location or even have your ceremony and reception at the same location?

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm
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I can not move the wedding to oc. we looked there and did not find what we were looking for :( Plus my beau wanted a very particular church and we found it and have put a $500 deposit down and don't want to loose it (the economy sucks so can't afford to loose money). And we don't have the money yet for the whole payment for the venue. We were looking for something young and a bit modern, not a ballroom and nothing that screams wedding. plus we have a small guest list.

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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Posted on July 28, 2008 at 5:52 pm
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I looked at the first link, but not to keen on all the white walls. Like I said, I am pretty picky, which is a downfall. I did like some of the other llinks though. I had looked into them a while back ago, but have forgotten since.

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm
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what about a local museum?

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 8:13 pm
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Honestly I don't know of too many of them and the ones that I do know of have been expensive to use as a venue.

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm
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can you have your florist or lighting crew cover the walls, like drape fabric from the ceilings and uplight it...that would look great in a loft space....

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 4:12 am
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I saw an idea of making the reception a picnic at a regional park for the afternoon. The bride sewed pinic blankets for all the guests. It's fun and intimate.


I thought of using Quizno's or Souplantation as the caterer (which would make the meal very casual but hey... i want the people to remember more about the wedding than the food)


The only thing that stopped me from this idea was the guest size. I have 125ish guests and a lot of them are grandmas... I couldn't really ask them to sit on the grass and chew on sandwiches.


good luck!

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 5:24 am
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picky or not - you're goin to have to sacrifice (it's ok - we all do) the venue versus money versus venue versus money...


if you dont like the plain white walls - then youre gonna hve to pay a decorator to pimp it out


it's ok that you dont want it to scream wedding - but the sacrifice is $$$$$ - and anyway - it's gonna scream wedding b/c it IS a wedding, kwim??


so ballrooms are out - what else interests you?? how about a private mansion in the hills??  ther'es one on sunset that people use all the time and it's probably a good choice since your guestlist is only at 40.


do you want dinner or dinner and dancing? if just dinner and do an after party at a club - would you consider a restaurant?? how about zucca on 8th & fig??  have you called the standard hotel downtown to see about their rooftop area? 

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 5:31 am
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also - save your pennies for florals - it's Holiday time - so florals will be at their premium price (also mother's day, v-day and new years)

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 5:32 am
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I mean the worst case scenario is that we have the reception at the church (they have a reception area which we did not look at).


Got some estimates on draping?

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 8:25 am
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What about this place:


http://beverlyhills.raffles.com/hsylaxra/meetings_terraces.html


They have 2 rooftop spaces


What about this place photo 61981-1What about this place photo 61981-2

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 9:16 am
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That is amazing!!! totally perfect. how do you know of them? Recommendation???

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 10:35 am
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just ran accross them while looking for places to throw a party in LA. You should go check them out, I am going to go next time I am down in SoCal.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 10:37 am
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So I just talked to this place and they are open and I am really excited. They are sending over information today! Let me know if you know anyone who has held an event there.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

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