May 22, 2010
Villa del Sol d'Oro (Alverno Villa)
The Villa is a beautiful location and photographs very well. However keep in my that it has a very steep fee of $5,000 for just the shell of the Villa, meaning this includes NOTHING! You are required to bring in your own tables, chair, silverware, glasses, napkins, ICE, etc.etc. The grounds are not always kept lush and green. Also the venue is exclusive to Santa Anita Gardens Catering, Sandi who owns SAG Catering is also the venue representative. Though she can be sweet and the grandmotherly-type, she can demonstrate her distaste if you don't go through her recommended vendors for rentals. As I'm sure she gets her kickbacks through her "suggested" vendors. Be prepared to rent tables for her use in the kitchen as well. My opinionis, if you are your own company, shouldn't you be the one that provides what your needs are in order to deliver your service? Another con, music is to be OFF at 9:30 and all (with nothing to be left behind) to vacate premises by 10pm no later.
Services used: Wedding Venue