TCAC anyone? Or venues that allow outside caterers?

Hi all!

Just joined the site last night and looking forward to hearing whatever feedback you provide :-)

The most important thing I'm looking for in a ceremony/reception venue is that they allow outside caterers. We have a LOW wedding budget, so I can't afford to use venues that force you to use their cater, as it costs $60-100/pp.

ANYWAYS... anyone planning to have their wedding at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center? Or any other LA-area location that's nice, under 2k and allow outside catering? I searched on The Knot and didn't find too many options. Thanks!
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 7:13 am
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Jenice32
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I'm getting married in LA and I found it impossible to find a venue under 2K. Even the most basic park venue is more than that. Sorry I can't help you out. You might want to look into restaurants in the area, depending on the size of your wedding.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 7:49 am
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I'm not from Cali, but I'll try to give you as much advice as I can.

1) Try looking on the outskirts of LA. If the area is anything like New York, LA will have the highest prices, but there should be some really nice places, reasonably priced, just outside of it.

2) Look into places that aren't venues... Like an estate, park, museum, farm...maybe even wine country. I don?t know prices, but it never hurts to check it out and see.



Good Luck! =)
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 8:16 am
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Thanks Jenice and She1 :-)

Jenice: Crowne Plazay Redondo Beach is supposedly $2500 and allows for outside catering. That's another option I've looked into (although TCAC's suppose to be cheaper hehe). Trying to avoid having it in a Chinese restaurant (I'm going with a Chinese fusion theme), as there's something so unromantic about that idea :-p Know any nicely decorated ones in LA?

She1: Hmm... maybe I'll check out what's in SD, just for the heck of it. LA's pretty spread out and I had hoped to keep it within an hour drive for convenience. I think I'm just too picky haha...
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 10:04 am
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I'm sorry, I sure don't...all I know are the cheesy ones. But since it's Chinese fusion, call Celadon Restaurant. It's near the Grove but I'm not sure if they do large parties. The decor is beautiful.
http://www.celadongalerie.com/
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 11:49 am
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Hey so on my search to find the place...I looked at a reception hall called The Friendship Auditorium, they were relatively inexpensive....they have a nice lodge looking hall...with plenty of parking and you bring in your own vendors. They are located right outside of Griffith Park...so you could have the ceremony there...and then have your guests dirve just a few minutes away to the hall.... The woman I spoke with, sorry I have forgotten her name was very nice and you pretty much have the whole day..so you can have friends go in that morning and set up and not worry about any other events taking place there that day. I also know of a caterer that is yummy...there webiste is: boyzinthekitchen.com they are really affordable and good.

Another place my fiance and I looked at was The Sportsmans lodge...its a little bit more pricey..but if you get married at anytime but Saturday night they have incentives....and they have a place for the ceremony and the reception with really cute ponds with swans in them....they cater the event..but if you think about it...it is soooo nice to not have to worry about caterers.

hope this helps
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 11:59 am
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I don't think you'd have to go as far as SD (even though SD is gorgeous). Why not South OC or the Valley? The Valley may be cheaper. Or the Pasadena/Eagle Rock area is nice, I used to love walking around Griffith Park before the fire got it. And then I moved. But anyway, another approach might be to find a caterer that you like and see if they are the 'preferred caterers' for any venue.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 4:09 pm
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My MOH just attended her cousin's wedding at TCAC and the wedding couple hired West Coast Catering. She said it was nice.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 5:34 pm
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Thanks for all your feedback, ladies! I'll definitely look into some of your suggestions. A lot of venues ask that you to call in person to get a quote and I feel sorta silly, not even engaged yet, and already calling haha. Just thought I could get some costs on here, to avoid making calls to these these venues.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 6:58 pm

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