Budget wedding in OC need help with a venue

Hi all!


I am getting married on 02-12-11 and that is about as much as I know.  My Budget is  $10-$12K for 120 people.  I have looked into some place and even toured a few and I am not having much luck.  Does anyone have any rec for a venue?


Thanks

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm
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You may want to consider a Fri or Sun. I'm getting married on Feb 14 of this year. We got much better deals because our wedding is on a Sunday. It worked out well for us because the following Mon is a holiday. If you're able to change the date, you may have some leverage. I'd suggest a Sunday of a 3 day weekend.


I was going to look at Arroyo Trabuco, that golf place across from Aliso Creek Beach (Can't remember the name), Rancho Capistrano. Have you looked at any of those places?

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 3:01 am
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We are open to having the wedding on Friday or Sunday.  I had looked at the Arroyo Trabuco Country Club, but it is too expensive.  I am trying to keep the total ceremony and reception cost less than $8000.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 7:18 am
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My wedding/ reception will be at the George G. Golleher Alumni House on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. We are having it on a Friday evening and it's costing us $65 an hour to rent. We'll have the house from 3pm-midnight and our total (with the rental, required security, insurance etc) is about $980. The best part is you can bring in all of your own vendors. Then you can tailor your food/ rentals to your budget. We're spending under $6000 for our food/ rentals (including chairs, tables, linens, china, glassware etc) for 160 people.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm
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I am touring Pacific Hills at 4pm today.  Thanks for the tip on the Alumni House and I am looking forward to touring the facility.  At the Alumni House can you have your reception indoors?


 


I went to see the Ebell Club in LB today and fell in love (but it is a little outside my price range : (

Posted on January 2, 2010 at 8:42 am
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Posted on January 2, 2010 at 9:00 am
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If you're open to having a lunch reception, you might want to try Mastro's Ocean Club in Newport Coast. I know it doesn't seem like a budget place however, they're not open during lunch so they are really flexible with pricing and options. Another plus is the LOCATION! 


The event manager's exact quote to me was "Well, since we're not open during lunch, I don't feel the need to gouge you." http://mastrosrestaurants.com/ (Newport Beach location)


Good luck!

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm
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I think Castaway in Burbank also has pretty flexible pricing if you are flexible with Sundays.


Good luck with your search!!!

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 8:54 am
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I cannot get the Ebell Club out of my mind.   AHHHHHH What should I do its out of my price range.  Seriously ladies I am in love!

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm
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I fell in love with the French Estate in Orange but my fiance nixed it when he realized the wedding would have to be over by 9PM. But it's a gorgeous old house and the reception area is beautiful and unique. Definitely in your price range.


www.thefrenchestate.com

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 5:37 am
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I was going to suggest the French Estate also! Also, they state on their website that slow season is mid-Dec thru Feb and to ask for a discount for these months.


http://thefrenchestate.com/french-estate-weddings/our-pricing

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 6:41 am
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It looked like the French Estate was mostly outdoors, is that correct?  I worry about an outdoor wedding in Feb.

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 9:57 am
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It does look mostly outdoors. 2 others also had their wedding there. LuvStruck had it in November.


http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/caitthegreat/ceremony-and-reception-venue


http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/LuvStruck/the-venue

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 11:39 am
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Okay the Ebell Club is out!  The caterer they work with Jay's Catering charges a 20% service charge that does not include gratuity or sales tax.  The total cost for a $37.00pp buffet for 120 with a cash bar setup is approx $7,300 before gratuity.  That does not include the cost of glassware for the bar.  I don't understand all the extra fees and the service charge that doesn't include gratuity they have.  Does anyone else think this is excessive?

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm
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Consider Taste Catering Cafe.  They are VERY flexible- a complete wedding buffet runs about $14 a person.  I think they add 10% for service- most places add about 20%.


 


Also, in terms of bar, we're going with Sunseri's.  They are an outside alcohol vendor.  For a wine/beer and signature cocktail with all the fixings, they are charging $11 per person for 4 hours- much much cheaper than any other place I saw.


 


I know other people mentioned it, but the OC Sailing Center in Dana Point is great.  It's a city facility, so if you're serving alcohol it costs $194 per hour.  It has a huge courtyard, on one side is the beach, and on the other is the harbor- gorgeous, and perfect for a cocktail hour.  Then there is a a huge banquet room (complete with kitchen).  This is good for dinner and dancing.  You can't beat the price!  Oh yeah, and the Center comes with tables and chairs and a bar, so you don't have to rent them.  You can also do your ceremony in the courtyard.


 

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:17 am
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definitely go for a friday event, lots of bargaining power

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm
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Okay so yesterday let me recap the venues I saw:


Ocean Institute in Dana Point- The venue was to expensive at $4800 for 4 hours for the reception, plus $950 for a ceremony but they dont give you any extra time.  This price includes only the venue site, table and chairs.  It was very pretty I thought my fiance did not care for it though. 


OC Sail Center in Dana Point-  This is a straight up rec room with a visable kitchen area where the reception would be.  When we walked up the was a jazzercise class going on and my fiance was not even going to entertain the notice of having it there.


Tivoli Too-  I do like how open the venue is and the waterfall that you get married by.  I felt like some of the decor was kinda cheesy.  The price is not that bad especially since they handle so much.  It seems like they are pretty up front with the cost.  However, I kinda feel like it is a wedding factory.  Overall, I liked the venue and the price, and I am sure I could have a cute and charming wedding.  However I am not sold on it.  We also went across the street to Tivoli Terrace, this was pretty much the same but I liked how the chapel area was seperate.


Heritage Museum in Santa Ana- I was left wishing for more with this venue.  I thought that this place was going to have that vintage historic elegance that I am looking for.  At this property I am sure that I coould get some beutiful photographs, however I dont think the actual experience would live up to the pics.  I dont like how I would be walking around in my dress in the dirt.  In addition, its all outdoors.


I kinda feel like I am at a point where I am going to stop looking for a venue because I am just so frusterated.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm
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Try Covina Hills Ranch Estate.  They are new.  I had my wedding there last August.  They will definetely fit your budget.  It is outdoors at a private estate.  They also have great recommendations for caterer, photogrpahy, florists, etc.  Its almost your one stop shop!  You can contact them at covinahillsranchestate@gmail.com.  I believe they are now on Facebook too.  Hope this helps!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:32 am
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the garden room in La Habra is really REALLY cheap. We are having 175 people with dinner, apps, cake all under $8,000ish

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 3:37 am
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