Calamigos is a Beautiful venue, it is a jewel hidden in Burbank. All our guests loved the venue and the atmosphere. Everyone who works there is so nice and a pleasure to work with. The day of our wedding the banquet manager was so attentive and made sure everything went smooth and made sure we were happy every step of the way. The food there is delicious, both of us and our guests were so pleased with the quality and taste of the food.
PERFECT venue for my big day - I used the Polo Room for my reception, and the place was truly stunning! Virginia helped make my vision happen! Everyone was so complimentary from the bar service, food, and gorgeous decor - people even said it was some of the best food they had ever eaten! I cannot recommend this venue enough.
My husband and I knew from the minute we toured the facility that Calamigos was the place we were going to have our reception because it just felt like home, and that was important to us because we wanted our guests and ourselves to be 100% taken care of, to relax, to enjoy and then dance the night away in celebration of the special day. They have beautiful venue options with three different rooms to choose from (our wedding was in the Equestrian Ballroom which was romantic, elegant, timeless and with a rocking dance floor), killer service, quality food and everything is included ranging from your food, to linens, to plates to cups to staff, food tastings, clean up/take down, bartenders/the cake and more (although bear in mind the cake that is included in basic in shape/size because of the arrangement they have with Porto’s Bakery, so if you want a more fancy design(which we did) than you will be paying extra for it), and warm and talented staff to help you every step of the way.
The services are not inexpensive, however if you are a bride and/or groom that care about quality, want people who will help you with everything before and during the wedding, and want for you and your guests to be treated like royalty, then cut your budget in other places that you can, and invest with Calamigo’s. Lastly, a couple staff we would also like to recommend being in contact with are Virginia and David, they were super sweet and helpful, especially when we had to change our wedding date up 6 months due to our Church closing, and we will forever be grateful at how accommodating Calamigo’s was able to be when we went through that particular crisis. So, all in all, 10 out of 10 on service, class and overall experience and we couldn’t have imagined our wedding being anywhere else!
I used the Equestrian Terrance & Equestrian Ballroom for my October wedding. Everything was beautiful, and perfect. I would definitely recommend them to my friends and family, as a matter of fact after the weding we had a couple of our family members ask us to pass on the info because they LOVED the venue. The staff is excellent.
I had my reception here in the Polo room. I know I picked the perfect place to have my reception. The food was amazing and the place was beautiful. People kept telling me how much they enjoyed the food. Everything was on time, they never ran late. The servers were amazing as well. The front office was awesome. They are always patient and always there to answer your questions or help you in any way they can. I had a candy bar at my wedding and they handled everything. Every type of candy I asked for I received in a beautiful display. I loved every part of it. They do an amazing job. If you want great food, great people, and a beautiful location for you reception (or ceremony they do both!) go with Calamigos at the LA equestrian.
It is my pleasure to write a recommendation for the place I decided to have my wedding. Although this place was a bit pricey and more expensive than the Universal Hilton (which was the other wedding venue our family considered due to access of Chinese food and location), we sealed the deal at this venue due to their supreme customer service and all around comfort and décor of the venue.
When I first saw this venue, I was a little turned off since the outside part before you drive in didn’t seem that modern looking so I was expecting to tell my fiancé that I do not want to have my wedding here. Long story short, as I was shown the other parts of the venue, I fell in love with its simple elegance. The Polo Room has such a romantic sweet feel to it and the ceremony spot The Little White House is simply adorable. Inside the house where we can get ready before the wedding is very classy. This place grows on you fast.
Furthermore, Virgina who handles the wedding operations was such a pleasure to work with and David was so kind to let us peek into our rooms and the Little White House every time I desired to stop without an appointment. On the day of the wedding, the food was delicious and all the staff are super professional. I actually ate all my food on my wedding day!!! The cake from Portos is another bonus! You get to choose and design your own cake like I did.
If you are looking for a unique venue in Burbank area, I highly recommend this place. We had about 145 guests only one of them said that they came to this venue before for a picnic. I also hired Virginia as o
I was beyond pleased with Calamigos! First off, the people working there have such awesome communication. You can go in and ask anyone a question. They know exactly who you are, the date of your wedding, and your most frequent requests. All of their wedding facilities are beautiful!! I happened to choose the Equestrian Terrace and Ballroom. I had my dream wedding in front of a waterfall and loved it! It was a nice, simple, and intimate wedding. The reception was just as gorgeous. Chivari chairs are provided as a part of the overall price which I loved since I know it costs extra to rent those chairs at other sites. The ballroom is elegant that I felt like I did not have to do much to it. A 3 hour open bar was more enough for my guests and everyone had a wonderful time! Almost forgot, the food was actually pretty good for a wedding! I actually wish I had a little doggy bag to take home with me since I did not get a chance to finish. I can not say how happy I was with Calamigos! I can not wait to attend another wedding there! Thanks Calamigos!!
The Calamigos Equestrian Center does it all! We used the area with the Little White House for the ceremony for a gorgeous outdoor wedding. While my daughter, the bride, was getting ready, the venue supplied us with champagne, cheese and crackers, and iced water...The Little White House is air conditioned. By 6:00 pm the ceremony site is all shaded over by lovely large trees and guests are comfortable...even in the heat of August. Then, onto the outside of the Grand Ballroom where we had appetizers and drinks. The area is shaded and beautiful. The air conditioned Grand Ballroom easily accommodated our 250 guests and the dance floor was BIG (one of our requirements). The service was amazing. They attend to EVERY detail. The food was delicious. I was impressed that all the guests enjoyed their meals. They were served quickly and the food was hot. It is a perfect venue for a wedding and I highly recommend it. We looked at a LOT of places before we chose...and I am happy to say, "We chose the right place".
The Calamigos Equestrian is a beautiful venue! Not to get confused with the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, but this is a quaint and adorable venue located in Burbank. They have several beautiful wedding ceremony and reception venues and is the perfect backdrop for anyone looking for a classic, elegant, and even rustic type of venue.
The Equestrian Ballroom is their biggest ballroom that can fit up to about 225 people and is gorgeous, with window to floor ceilings, chandeliers, and a bridal suite and restrooms that are all very close by and easily accessible. The food is also really great as is the staff, who are very attentive and detail-oriented. It makes wedding planning so easy and smooth. As a wedding planner this is one of the main things we look for in venues, a staff that is attentive, quick to response, and very thorough.
Great venue, I highly recommend it for your next wedding or event!
Having our wedding here was the best decision we made. The venue is beautiful on its own and we needed very few decorations besides flowers. The food is amazing--some of our guests said it was the best wedding food they'd ever had and were scraping it off of their plates. The staff is great and easy to work with. Overall it was a great experience having our wedding here!
You could not choose a finer place to have a wedding or event! We had a fabulous wedding for our son and new daughter-in-law last Friday. The staff is professional, accommodating and helpful. Virginia handled all our arrangements professionally. Steve, the evening Manager, was unbelievably wonderful and attentive. A great guy! The bar tender was absolutely great. Handled the crowd of 145 seemingly effortlessly. All of the serving staff were exceptional. Very attentive. The food was delicious. A++ Calamigos Equestrian!!
Our wedding at Calamigos Equestrian was amazing. From the beautiful grounds to the wonderful food to the great staff, everything went off without a hitch on our wedding day. This was the very first place we visited in our venue search and every place we visited after paled in comparison. Even though they are quite strict on some of their policies (no outside food, insurance for vendors) we still the wedding of our dreams.
Everyone we interacted with at the venue was great from the very beginning. Deirdre on sales, Virginia on coordination, and Steven during the reception. They were all so pleasant and easy to work with, it really made planning so much more enjoyable. Virginia was prompt with emails and great to work with during our pre-planning and final meetings. Steven was great during the reception, always making sure we had everything we needed and taking care of us. I even think he was enjoying himself during the party, which was great!
The venue itself is so gorgeous and the upkeep of the grounds and rooms is impeccable (especially when compared to some of the other places we visited!). We had our ceremony at the Little White House and reception in the Polo Room. I am going to be so happy years from now looking back at the pictures with the beautiful backdrop. And even though there were lots of horses around (and you could hear them!) the grounds were immaculate and didn't smell like animals.
Also, the food was GREAT. Everyone we talked to raved about not only the huge portions but the quality of it. It was way better than any other wedding food I've tasted and I wish I could have eaten more but I was so full only halfway through dinner!
The only thing I would say is that it can be a little expensive, but what wedding venue isn't? And for what they offer in their packages, I think it ended up being just fine. It was a wonderful day for us and I am so happy we went with our first instinct with Calamigos...
I highly recommend Calamigos Equestrian. Virginia is a pleasure to work with and made my wedding spectacular. The food was FANTASTIC!!! Everyone loved the food, especially the cocktails (I love the sundried tomato torta). Make sure you know where you can and cannot take pictures before and after the ceremony, because you are limited to certain spaces based upon whether there is another wedding at the venue at the same time. It all works itself out so it isn't a problem, but I recommend making sure you know this information.
Our wedding took place in the Polo Room. Our wedding went on without a hitch! The staff at Calamigos was absolutely outstanding. From Deirdre, David, Virginia, and Steven, they were all amazing and took care of us. The food is top notch! We are still receiving complements. They answered all of our questions and helped us solve any issues we had. Tables, chairs, linen, dinnerware, all included. Even the cake is included through Portos Bakery. You can add bar, appetizers, candy bar, etc.. with different packages, and/or mix and match. We loved this place.
Everything about working with Calamigos was professional and pleasant. From the moment we emailed, all the way through the time we drove away, Calamigos was fantastic. Our first meeting was on New Year's Day, and not only did we fall in love with the natural beauty of the land, but we also were so happy with Virginia. It was encouraging to meet someone so sincere and understanding. We really appreciated how she listened so closely to what we wanted, and she ended up saving the day with her vendor referrals. The day of our wedding, everything was perfect, and the dinner was exceptional! Our guests are still raving about the Polo Room and how DELICIOUS the food tasted. Steven the supervisor and his staff were unbelievable. We were all treated like royalty, and they executed everything with grace and ease. We honestly could not have asked for more. Calamigos is an incredible venue with wonderful people. We are more than happy that we celebrated our special day with them.
Absolutely Amazing!!! Best place to have a wedding! The food was amazing and the staff was incredible!
So happy with our wedding at Calamigos. From the very start they were professional and helpful. We worked mainly with Virginia, and she was a pleasure to work with. Very prompt responses to any questions, and went out of her way to make it an amazing day/night for us. The venue was beautiful (Little White House/Polo Room) and looked spectacular the day of. We got a lot of compliments for the venue choice, and the food was also outstanding. Love that they let us do a tasting prior to the event, and they even made that a fun party for the couples getting married there within the upcoming months. Highly recommend!
Overall, we were very happy with Calamigos. We got married in the Equestrian Terrace and had our reception in the Equestrian Ballroom. Both were absolutely beautiful. After our tasting (which is done in a large group), I was worried about the food. However, on the day of the wedding, the food was MUCH better than expected. There were several errors made during our wedding (they ran out of food at cocktail hour), but, once brought to their attention, things were quickly fixed (they brought out additional, more expensive food ASAP). The staff at Calamigos is hit or miss. Some can be rude and extremely uncooperative (such as one of the bartenders at our wedding), but some go above and beyond to help. Our coordinator, Virginia, was amazing! She did everything she could to make sure that our wedding was perfect. I would recommend Calamigos.
Calamigos Equestrian was a little out of our Budget BUT ALL worth every penny!!! Fortunately, we were able to get a discount because we had a Weekday (Tuesday) Wedding , which helped tremendously considering we wanted to stick to our Wedding Budget. We were able to have the "complete package" with Calamigos Equestrian.....our Beautiful Ceremony & Breath-taking Reception was all on the same property, our delicious food was catered through Calamigos, as well as our Cake, which was contracted through the exceptional Portos Bakery. From the beginning when we booked, until the Day of our Wedding- ALL STAFF were on the same page. Truly making our wedding planning process as simple and organized as can be. Very prompt if we had questions/or concerns and easy going. Even when we would call unannounced, and wanted to stop by and show the property off to family. :) They did not mind and always had an open welcome when we arrived. A gorgeous site to have BOTH your ceremony and reception. We were married outside at the "Little White House" and had our reception in the "Grand Prix Room".....with all our decor in place it was a very stunning and dazzling place. The day was truly magical. The Day of the Wedding, everything was GREAT! The staff who hosted the food (we chose Buffet), offered wine to guests, and bartender all were very friendly and respectful to our guests. Fernando was a gem the day of the wedding. Fernando took initiative and made sure our day ran smoothly and looked out for our best interests-making our special day a breeze. We would highly recommend Calamigos Equestrian to anyone looking for a unique and memorable Wedding Experience. :)
Mr. & Mrs. Vergara
All I can say is that this venue is INCREDIBLE. We had our ceremony at the Little White House on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Our photographer loved the natural setting that surrounded the structure, which provided us plenty of photo opportunities before we proceeded to our reception hall, The Polo Room. Everything was expertly arranged and the service staff was outstanding. We loved having our ceremony and reception on the same premises. We will never forget the best day of our lives. Thanks Calamigos!
This place is awesome! Wonderful, pleasant, and professional service. We had Virginia help us from the beginning and she's the best of all the places we made contact with when we were first looking for our wedding location. She was readily available, she gave us several ideas, was always ready to answer our questions, and was more than willing to do anything for us to help create the wedding of our dreams. We had our wedding at the equestrian terrace and ballroom and the place was amazing! The food was the best! Only Calamigos offered a food tasting event for their clients and that was great! All our guests said our wedding location was beautiful. The only complaint we heard after was about the bartender not seeming to be in a very welcoming mood. But then again we don't get to pick the bartender and we didn't get the chance to get our own drinks at the bar since we were served the whole night. Other than that everything else was the best! What we received was well worth what we paid for! :)
We used Calamigos for our reception only because we had our wedding ceremony at a church. We had a really lovely experience with Calamigos. From beginning to end everyone was personable, smart, very responsive and very, very organized. We loved having Deirdre to answer our questions and help us get all the information so we could make our decision about choosing Calamigos. We were very appreciative of Virginia and all she did to keep everything organized and wonderful. She really, really worked hard for us! In fact, on the day of the wedding she helped make sure my mother's homemade flower arrangements and little trees with white lights got placed when my mother couldn't make it to the reception to set up before the ceremony! Mina was also really responsive and amazing. She's in charge and you could tell she just wanted us to have the perfect wedding experience! The space was absolutely gorgeous, the food was just delicious, the alcohol choices and quality for the price was awesome and we loved having Porto's for our cake baker! In one space we had everything we wanted with a much better price than most - and believe me, we looked long and hard before picking a place that would be venue, food, alcohol and cake baker all in one!
We chose Calamigos for our wedding because the venue coordinator we met was extremely warm and helpful, and the grounds were very well maintained and beautiful. But as time went by, I felt less and less confident in our decision.
Email responses seemed to slow down as time went by. There also seemed to be more and more restrictions on what we could and could not have. Anything not part of the norm was charged extra - a lot extra. The food was also not nearly as good as anticipated. They really tried to make us happy by doing a custom appetizer, but the entrees were quite limited, as well. Choices on linens were also slim, which meant spending more money to rent/buy them. Costs overall were very high. We went over our budget by a good $5000 because you can't downgrade the package once you sign the contract. There were also a few things we discussed that would have been forgotten had it not been for my DOC reminding Calamigos.
It rained all day on our wedding day, so we weren't able to have our ceremony in the garden or take photos outdoors. Although there were a lot of issues we came across while planning the wedding, the wedding day itself was excellent. The service was great. The banquet manager was attentive and friendly. The waiters were also very good. The food was mostly good - my beef was overcooked, but many guests said the food was very good.
Overall, I'm not sure I'd recommend Calamigos. It is a good venue in general if you aren't too picky with food or customizations. The people are friendly but there are just too many rules.
Gorgeous venue + responsive staff + wonderful service + delicious food + great location + reasonable cost = a perfect wedding.
We had our wedding 10/30/10. All my guests said that our wedding was one of the BEST. Some simply called it the BEST they ever attended. Make yours a BEST wedding as well.
Thanks a lot to David and Virginia.
Just booked Calamigos as our reception site after spending months looking for the perfect venue. This was the first place I visited and ended up being the place I booked after a very long search.
So far, my experience has been good. Stay tuned . . . .
I must say, Calamigos is a bit strict on certain things which we weren't expecting. However, certain concerns I had that I brought up were handled very well. I am extremely pleased with how my concerns were handled. Calamigos has excellent customer service and is definitely willing to work with you. They understand the importance of your day and do whatever they can to make you happy. This definitely puts me at ease and makes me feel like they are going to do whatever they can to ensure that my day meets my very high expectations.
Food tasting went well. I wasn't overly impressed. The food was good but not great. The options were okay. I was hoping for filet mignon or a rib eye steak or something but it's not an option so we'll make do with what is offered. The salads and sides were good. We'll see how it all comes out on our wedding day - hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.
Calamigos Equestrian Center, first and foremost we thank you. The setting was immaculate from the ceremony at the Little White House to reception in the Polo Room. Not to mention the equestrian event that was taking place during our wedding, which made for a beautiful backdrop. The Polo Room was great for a daytime wedding with all the windows and light pouring through. The service was excellent, and we heard from multiple guests that the food was some of the best wedding food they'd ever tasted. Although my wife and I barely had time to eat, I remember the salmon being quite tasty.
However, we did have some points of criticism. We had a morning wedding with a stopping point at 4:00; when 4:00 rolled around, we were told to wrap things up in a very abrupt tone. This could have been handled more gracefully. Also, the email responsiveness could have been better. Sometimes it took 2-3 days and a follow up email to get a response.
But all-in-all VERY high ratings. Our wedding was nothing shy of perfection.
We had been looking all over for locations. Racking our brains trying to find some place that fit us and also was comfortable with a gay wedding. From the beginning we could not have felt more at ease. The planning, the payment plan, the food tasting and just being able to take care of things for us so we didn't have to worry was perfect for us. They have a couple different size rooms to accommodate different size groups. They can do do a package including food, wedding cake from Portos Bakery which is AWESOME, bar and most importantly for us, they work with you and not against you. Our guest count changed up and down a few times and they didn't flinch. Just said okay and went with it. They were also a big help in finding reputable vendors for options we had not been able to find on our own.
My husband and I are very happy with the service we received at Calamigos. We truly fell in love with the venue the first time we visited. Everyone on the staff is very friendly and organized. We mostly worked with Virginia and Annah, both of whom are professional, personable, and very helpful. They were prompt in responding to my emails, and were able to answer any and all questions. We especially loved the food tasting event. Food was a HUGE factor for us, and we had heard from friends that Calamigos catering does not disappoint. We have received many compliments about the quality of food, service, and beauty of our venue. We definitely recommend Calamigos for anyone's wedding. It's a perfect place for a SoCal wedding. :)
I could not have been more pleased, my reception at the Calamigos Equestrian was remarkable, It was wonderful she helped us on every little detail, I relied on her expertise since i did not have a coordinator, everything turned out perfect.All of my out of town guests felt very welcome and comfortable during their stay.
We were very pleased with our experience at Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank. Our wedding ceremony and reception were perfect! Virginia (wedding coordinator) is awesome and was always available to help us out when we needed her. The banquet captain (I believe his name was Steven) was on top of his game making sure we and all of our guests were satisfied. All of the servers were polite and hospitable. The food was INCREDIBLE! Our guests commented on how it was some of the best wedding food they had ever eaten!
Everything was in immaculate condition from the ceremony site (The Little White House) to the reception room (The Polo Room). While Calamigos is expensive in my opinion, it was definitely worth every penny. We made use of their chocolate fountain which was a big hit with the guests. We also had them set up a candy buffet for our guests as their wedding favor. Everyone loved it! The mountainous and equestrian backdrop for our wedding was so gorgeous which made for great pictures and awesome memories. Another plus, easy and free parking for your guests!
We are so happy that we chose Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank to host our wedding!
FYI....the food tasting was so much fun and you get to sample a wide array of the food that they offer. Yummy good time!
This is the absolute best location for a wedding!! They have beautiful gardens for ceremony and the ballrooms are perfect for reception. We had our ceremony at the little white house and our reception in the equestrian ballroom. The service calamigos provided went above and beyond all my expectations from the moment we booked our event there until we got in the limo at the end of reception. Anna is a godsend. She worked with me on every little detail and was always incrediable attentive, in fact all the staff was. The event went very smoothly. The food was unbealivable, the wedding was two weeks ago and I still have guests telling me how great the food was and that it was the best and most beautiful wedding they have ever been too. I would highly recommand calamigos at the equestrain center. They helped make our wedding day the most memorable day of our lives!!!
Seriously, from the word "go" (or even the words "think about it"), this was an amazing venue to work with. The professionalism shown by Annah Winfield and her staff (she's actually not the top lady, whom I met and whose name I can't remember--most of the correspondence was with Annah) met (and at times exceeded) my expectations. And, that's not that easy to do, especially in this situation where I wanted everything as perfect as humanly possible. After reading some reviews I asked Annah pointed questions, and she was always gracious in her reply, and made sure that all of my concerns were addressed. The indoor/setting (the greens!) was perfect for us, and the size of the Polo Room was perfect for our 110 guests and us...the food (internal catering) was superb (so many people commented on it after the wedding), and ... I just can imagine having held our reception anywhere else. And I'm so glad we didn't. Annah worked with all of my vendors to make a seamless event; my wedding day was everything I could have wanted, and Calamigos had a huge hand in that.
My wedding at Calamigos Equestrian was a dream! The place itself is stupendous and the management and staff went beyond their expectations to provide us with the best quality service we could ask for. Management was a pleasure to deal which made for a great ceremony and reception planning experience. The food was very tasty and all of our guests raved about it. we would without a doubt recommend.
we are having a great experience with Calamigos Equestrian.The staff has been very accomodating and The Little White House is a great place for our ceremony and reception.
Everything was outstanding with this venue except for one drawback. The afternoon before the wedding, I received a call stating that we still owed money to them, and apparently all of my invoices would be read wrong because of their accounting mistake. Now, I would not have had a problem had the called me the week before the wedding, heck, even the beginning of the week prior to the wedding. However, they called me less than 24 hours before the ceremony was to take place. For them to tell me that this was my fault and not their's left a very bad taste in my mouth. The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful, but the fact that their accounting person made a mistake and I had to pay for it was complete bs. Good luck to those girls out there that use them. I'd say to watch your invoices, but since they told me even though invoices appeared correct and in fact they were wrong leads me to believe that I got screwed. Just be mindful and always make sure you have your backups (which I did but apparently it doesn't matter to them).
I never ever ever expected my wedding to be so perfect, and it was because of the amazing people at Calamigos. They were always so responsive, and they went way above and beyond to make our wedding everything we wanted it to be. I HIGHLY recommend Calamigos for your wedding!
Calamigos is a WONDERFUL venue. The staff (Virginia and Annah) were wonderful to work with. They are so attentive and so responsive to emails. Even though the venue hosts many weddings throughout the year, the staff make sure to make you feel special and a valued customer.
For us and for all guests, the venue was stunning. The food was delicious and good presented. All services with high quality.
They did a wonderful job. The room was beautiful; the service staff were very kind and attentive; and the food was wonderful. I would highly recommend this location.
They were awesome! Extremely helpful. They put out your favors, cake serving set, escort cards and will fold you menus in with the napkins. Very little was needed from me after I dropped of the reception items. They also packed everything back for me to take that evening.
I recently had a wedding at Calamigos Equestrian Center. They were AMAZING! I would highly reccomend the venue for anyone who is looking. They offer a variety of settings without the feel of a "wedding factory". It was beautiful, the staff was really exceptional to work and the food options were all very high in quality. We received a ton of compliments on the food! They offer packages which make planning so much easier since the venue already comes with fabulous catering, quality linens, chairs and tables, as well as a ceremony and dinner coordinator. I could not have been happier about the service I received or the outcome of the wedding. I work in event so I tend to be very detail oriented and they delievered on all accounts!
Calamigos was perfect for my daughter's wedding on Mother's Day; outdoors at the White House and reception in the Polo Room. The staff were very accommodating, professional, and I was very pleased with all meetings before and up to the wedding. We used vendors that were familiar with the location and some were suggested by the wedding specialist there. I think the most compliments came from guests and family regarding the food; it was delicious, from the appetizers to our buffet dinner and plenty of it....you never had to track down a server at the reception....they were always passing out food!
I can't imagine using another facility that had everything we needed and my daughter and her husband were very pleased with it all.
I was married March 27th and I have to say that this place was absolutely Gorgeous & my dream wedding come true! When we first drove over to Burbank to take a look, we met with Virginia and we thought for sure this venue was way out of our price range. We took the packet home Virginia provided us and set it aside. Laura followed up almost immediately via phone call & email. She advised me of a "Winter Special" and also of a break in the rate per person if event was on a Friday or Sunday. Perfect!!! I booked it immediately.
The Food Tasting Calamigos does twice a year for the soon to be newlyweds is amazing. They literally have every single item on the menu for you to taste. They even set the reception area like it was a wedding; they had a few vendors on site to promote their work. It was very nice of Calamigos to do and I loved that they were there to answer all your questions.
The day of my wedding Virginia was amazing and eased my nerves by completely keeping everything VERY detailed, organized, warm/friendly, & extremely patient. I felt she was literally on her toes at all times of the evening and I felt much catered to, taken care of. Both of us were very happy that Virginia was our event coordinator that day. Our wedding couldn't have been more perfect.
Bottom line, I would HIGHLY recommend Virginia as the event coordinator for your wedding.
While Calamigos is a very beautiful place to get married, the incompetence of certain members of the staff adds way too much stress for the bride and groom to enjoy their day.
I was married at Calamigos on April 11, 2009. I originally toured the facility with Robin, who was delightful. When I came to make my first deposit, I sat down with Mina (the manager of the facility)and expressed concern in that Calamigos wanted payment in full for everything 10 days prior to the event. I asked what kind of recourse we would have if they didn't come through and perform to our standards. Mina replied that they do numerous weddings a week, they are booked every weekend of the year and that they have loads of glowing reviews and we should have no problem.
We had our final meeting with Annah, who was also wonderful.We went over all the details of our wedding. Our day of coordinator was going to be Virginia and we were assured by Annah that she'd do a great job.
Our wedding ceremony was at the Little White House and was gorgeous. We did not have any problems until we entered the reception. Upon entering, we realized that our seating chart (one we had toiled over for days, as I'm sure all brides do) was entirely skewed. The Day of Coordinator Virginia had been in charge of placing the table numbers on the tables. Sounds like a menial task, but not to Virgina! She had messed up and reversed our table numbers, resulting in our parents, siblings and grandparents and other family members being seated at the opposite end of the room. We couldn't even see our parents from the head table. At this point, everyone had already been seated so there was no easy fix. We had to provide a solution to her, as Virginia was too inept to figure out what to do. Therefore two more tables had to be brought in to move our part of our family closer to the head table. I must point out that this was done rather quickly and efficently.
I had paid $15 a table to upgrade to the chocolate brown linens. I was told there was no way to waive this fee and that I would be so happy with the nice linens. I walked in and there were Ivory linens on my table. Their answer to what went wrong with that is as follows:
"In your original meeting with Annah, Ivory overlays with the sandalwood napkin were ordered. The order was changed after your phone call with the chocolate linen request and we are still trying to find the source of this error. At this time, we cannot determine whether a computer error with our linen inventory occurred or if it was a human error. We have refunded you for the cost of the rentals. We are still investigating this matter and I would like to assure you that severe disciplinary action has be taken on our end with our team due to the errors in set up and coordination of this detail as well as the layout issue."
In summation, they have no idea how this happened, which is ridiculous. They managed to put the linen cost on my final invoice, so there was no error in making sure that I paid for it. I feel like they're acting like they're huge company, rather than the mom and pop location that they are. (I was refunded my money that I paid for the linens by the end of the evening).
As far as the open bar, we had requested that only the drinks that we paid for be offered at the bar and that no cash was to be brought out at the bar. We were hosting for House brands of alcohol and domestic beer. There was to be no option to purchase premium liquor. Yet when I walked by the bar, there was a huge tacky sign stating prices for purchasing of liquor. We had to go out of our way to find Virgina AGAIN (she kept disappearing)and tell her of yet another screw up. She had the sign taken down and we told her we wanted the entire bar to be free, including premium drinks and she agreed that it was the least they could do. That actually worked out nicely in our favor, yet still embarrassing asking guests to pay for drinks.
I understand that errors are going to happen at events. Yet, the amount of errors and the severity of the errors are unforgivable. We asked for the refund of the 20% service charge and were told that since we had been given a bar upgrade (because of their errors) that this should serve as payment. Oh, and they also extended our room time for an extra half hour, which was a nice gesture, but still doesn't change the fact that I had to spend a half our at my own wedding pointing out and fixing their mistakes.
If you do decide to go with Calamigos be very wary that you are giving them your money ahead of time and their remedy to fix their mistakes is to give you an extra half hour of room time. It did serve as a nice way to get a bar upgrade. Also make sure to request Annah as your event coordinator. She seemed very capable. I would not recommend Virgina. I felt like it was her first wedding and she had no clue how to fix her mistakes. They really ought to hire people with better management skills. Had I screwed up like this at my job, I would no longer be employed.
The food was FANTASTIC! Everyone raved about it. The facility is beautiful and everything is spotless.
Calamigos is a wonderful place to get married. Their staff really goes out of their way to make your vision happen. I would recommend considering having your wedding on an off day, say a Friday or Sunday. You get the same wonderful location for a lot less money.
I know I am VERY late in posting this, as my wedding was back in January. But I was helping someone else with their wedding, and realized how helpful this website had been, so here goes.
Overall, our experience with the Calamigos was wonderful. We were thrilled with our wedding, and highly recommend the location. We had an awesome experience from the very beginning in dealing with Robin, who is extremely organized and competent. She answered every email, and every question, no matter how small or annoying. I am a little on the anal side, so having a point person was important to me.
The food was AMAZING - we had some special requests, and they were handled with ease. The room also looked incredible, and was EXACTLY how I had envisioned it. We had our ceremony outside on the grassy area, and our reception in the Equestrian Ballroom.
The reason for the four stars is this (and I would have given another half if I could have): being the super-organized person that I am, not being able to meet our "event liason" until the night of our rehearsal was horrible. The rehearsal was extremely disorganized. It wasn't that I didn't like our liason (I can't even remember her name - but it wasn't someone who worked there during the day), I was just upset that she came in completely cold, with no sense of who I was or what I wanted. I spent most of the rehearsal going over the schedule that I had labored over that she had just received. I had begged the location to allow me to use Robin, but they said she didn't do that. It also bothered me that the liason left after the ceremony, and that we were left with virtually no one to go to if there was an issue. Thankfully, our food captain, Bruce, was fantastic and dealt with the other minor issues we had.
One other thing that bothered me was that when we booked our date, we were told there were no horse shows that day. Well, when we got there on the big day was a HUGE show going on. It still would have been ok except that just as my husband and I were saying our "I dos" we could hear the announcer on the loud speaker in the arena loud and clear. What a distraction!!!
Other than that, though, we had a truly lovely experience and would highly recommend the Equestrian Center!!
Calamigos has a pretty good rep already from things I have read. It was recently named one of the top places to have your wedding reception in Southern California and I would have to agree that this was the perfect setting for my special day. The food was delicious, all of the arrangements I had made in terms of my guest book, table numbers and such were all taken care of just to my liking. It was beautiful.
I guess the only reason I even bother reviewing this well known and highly praised venue is because I was very very disappointed with the "wedding coordinator" assigned to me. Clearly, it must be a tricky job, but coming from a field of work where I know all the ins and outs of putting together a huge event, I tried my best to keep her well informed and basically did a lot of her job for her.
Yet come the day of our rehearsal and she barely facilitated any of what was going to happen. We all left knowing little more than what we already knew before the rehersal. Still, that's not what bothered me. What bothered me most was on the day of the wedding, she failed to keep guests from coming into the place where I was getting ready, and somewhat scolded me for starting our ceremony on time (I have punctual friends what can I say) and for finishing slightly early. She told me that she was having to deal with a very upset kitchen because we were early....by 10 minutes!
Even if that did throw the kitchen staff off, I don't think that it's very professional for a wedding coordinator to get mad with the BRIDE about it. I was taking photos at the time and was basically at a loss. I mean what am I supposed to say to that? Sorry, my ceremony wasn't to your liking? Furthermore, she was rude to my parents and didn't take the burden off me or my maid of honor. The rest of the night I was basically coordinating with the photographer, the head caterer and the DJ as to when we should do the next thing on the itinerary. I should have had a head set on that's how much I ended up having to "work" my own wedding.
This is a person who Calamigos requires you to have and charges you an extra $350 to employ. They claim that they do this because it really is necessary in most weddings to have a specific person running the operation so that the bride, her mom, the bridesmaids, etc. can all do the things they have to do. I would agree with that logic, but I certainly didn't get what I had paid for in this case. I think it probably just really has to do with who you get, but they don't tell you who it is till the rehearsal.
So, a word of advice: Calamigos at the LA Equestrian Center is a wonderful place to have your event, but ask who will be your assigned coordinator in advance. Maybe see if you can meet them. It was the difference in me giving them a glowing review and the less than perfect one you just read.
We had our ceremony at the Little White House and our reception at the Polo Room. As far as location, we couldn't have been more pleased. We also loved working with Deirdre and Annah during the booking and planning process - they were both top notch.
We were a little worried becuase our rehearsal was a little rocky (read: disorganized), but the ceremony went off without a hitch and it was just fantastic. The food at the reception was very good (especially for banquet food), but there was no one at Calamigos responsible for releasing the tables for the buffet, so that got a little hectic. If I had known in advance that no one was going to be in charge at the reception, I would have made a plan for doing so instead of leaving it up to the band (who knew zilch about the seating arrangement).
Note to brides: when they say "day of coordinator", they mean "ceremony coordinator". There is no point of contact at the reception. This would not have been a problem except for the temperature in the Polo Room, which got really hot after dinner when the dancing started. My MOH tried to talk to someone about it, and was told that they "TURNED THE AIR CONDITIONING OFF because one our guests opened up a door to the patio". She told him to turn it back on, and we had the band make an announcement to please keep the doors closed, but the room never really got comfortable again. Many of our guests left early becuase of the heat, which was very disappointing. Given the cost per head, I would have expected the AC to have been on full blast all night long. We were also disappointed that the kitchen cut the "spare" sheet cake first instead of our tiered wedding cake, leaving most of our large bottom layer left over at the end of the night, which was awkward.
I don't mean to suggest that we had a bad experience; we didn't. I look back on our ceremony and reception fondly and would recommend Calamigos. I just wanted to share some parts of our experience so that other brides could be mindful of these issues & make requests in advance accordingly (i.e. keep the AC on no matter what, unlock the doors to the patio so guests don't have to prop them open, cut my wedding cake first, release the tables in this order, get the information about the major players before the day of the rehearsal, etc.) Good luck everyone!
We had our wedding at Calamigos on June 21st... it was fiendishly hot, but the experience was wonderful anyway. The property was beautifully cleaned and everything was set up exactly as we had planned it with the coordinator. The rehearsal went off without a hitch as well, although it would have been nice to go over the whole thing one more time. Either way, the actual ceremony went beautifully. All my vendors had someone to guide them in... at least everything got put were it was supposed to. I was hiding in the Little White House to avoid seeing my future husband. :-)
The only issue was that I needed to have someone looking out for tiny details... my silver and crystal initials for my cake never got put on it. A relative could have done it, but I had been told that I would have a day-of coordinator and she would take care of things like that. Apparently, she was too busy shepherding my wayward relatives and future relatives to their correct locations.
The reception at the Polo Room went off really well. The food was even better than the tasting and the service was timely and professional. They have since made the food choices and appetizer set-up easier to understand and work out, but we did fine as it was. The other really nice thing is that they have not only a vegetarian option, but a VEGAN plate as well! So cool for my vegan friends.
All in all, I'm very glad we chose Calamigos at the Equestrian Center. If you're getting married during the summer months, keep in mind that Burbank is boiling hot, even in the evening. :-)
I got married at Calamigos on Sunday, May 18 and I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful they were.
I first met with them last September and booked them almost immediately. I went to a few other places to make sure that this was the place. I remember when the rep first took me over to The Little White House, I thought, this could work. Then she took me to the Grand Prix ballroom, and I had the thought that this wasn't what I had in mind. Then we went into the Polo Room and I thought, this is out of my price range because it was just so beautiful and perfect. Low & behold, it was within my budget, especially for their Sunday prices. I was beyond excited.
During the planning process they were great with me stopping by any time I had questions or needed to see how something would work. Annah was amazing to work with. She was very patient and helpful through all of the planning.
The tasting was absolutely amazing. The food was sooooo excellent. When I was first looking at Calamigos, my best friend had recently been to a wedding there, and I asked her how the food was, because I didn't want typical wedding food. She had said that it was probably in the top 2 of all weddings she has been too (and she has been to quite a few). She wasn't lying. I loved that they let us sample everything they offer on their menu, but it made it that much harder to make a decision. We ended up with the beef tenderloin and salmon with citrus ginger sauce.
Tana was our coordinator the day of the wedding and she did a superb job. She was there with us for the rehearsal and from the time we got there to the beginning of the reception. She even cried during the ceremony! She made sure DH and I had everything we needed or wanted. I can't say enough.
Steve, the kitchen captain, was amazing for the reception. And we got nothing but compliments about the bartender. After you ordered your drink once he knew what it was the rest of the night. If he saw you coming to the bar he already was pouring the drink.
The Little White House and Polo Room were absolutely perfect and gorgeous. Everything was in bloom. It made our day perfect. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
So far my experience with Calamigos Equestrian has been great! Annah has helped me out so much. My original wedding date was supposed to be last year September, but my little angel Jonas changed our plans and was born in September. Since our initial non-refundable deposits were paid, we had to postpone the wedding. Annah was able to let us move our date to May 16, 2008.
The rest of the staff is easy to talk to and work with. And the food tasting was fantastically set up for couples having their reception there.
We're having the ceremony and reception in the Equestrian Terrace and Ballroom. I'm in love with this location.
So far we are having a great experience with this venue. I will update after the wedding in April. But I love the place. The staff has been very accomodating and the The Little White House is a great place for our ceremony and reception.
We were asked to rate Calamigos in each of the following areas:
1. Quality of Food: We had a BLAST at our menu tasting, and all of the food was absolutely delicious. My husband is a Chef, so I was a bit worried that he would be very finicky, but at the end of the evening, we had some very difficult decisions to make. We were extremely happy with our menu selections, and many of our guests were extremely complimentary of the cuisine for the evening!
2. Beverage Service: I wish that we would have had more opportunity to sample more of the beverage service, but we did get excellent feedback from many of our guests.
3. Event Space: The Little White House and The Grand Prix Room were absolutely beautiful and I only use the word “perfect” when I mean it. The venue was indeed, perfect.
4. Wedding Coordinator(s) : Robin met with us and showed us the facilities on our initial tour of the facilities, and going into our appointment, we really didn’t expect to make our decision so quickly. Robin was such a professional in her mannerism and her showing of the various wedding sites. She made our decision very easy, and I really appreciated her no-pressure style. Tannah, as my Bridal Assistant was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was impeccably helpful during our rehearsal and even though our rehearsal was running late (due to the rehearsal before us having half their wedding party held up with multiple cancelled airline flights) she handled the situation like a pro in directing and keeping our wedding party informed as she worked between two different parties.
5. Sales Directors Annah was always very responsive to my many questions during our planning stages, and although we played a lot of phone tag, I appreciated that she always left very detailed and explicit phone messages so that I didn’t have any question after listening to her message!
Overall Rating of Event: We would not have done anything differently!! Our Wedding was absolutely amazing and we have the staff at Calamigos to thank for an exquisite evening. Annah, Robin, Tannah, and Roselle, were all so friendly and easy to work with. They all helped to make our dream wedding flow like we could never even imagine
My rating and review may change after March 22, 2008... cause that's the day I get married at Calamigos! But so far the location seems perfect. The staff seems great and have so far been very good. They respond to my questions almost immediately through email or over the phone. The food was also great at our tasting. The property itself is very beautiful, we're getting married at their Little White House which is a beautiful outdoor area and then moving into the Grand Prix Ballroom. It's a beautiful setting and room, we're so excited!
*** UPDATE Post Wedding *** Calamigos was great! The food was good, everything went smoothly. I would recommend making sure appetizers are brought to the bride and groom and wedding party, if you aren't in the reception hall for food already. You're paying per person for appetizers, including yourself and the wedding party, so make sure someone brings you some food! That's about it. Otherwise it was great!
We had our ceremony and reception at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. The ceremony was on the Terrace of the Grand Equestrian Ballroom and our Reception was in the Grand Ballroom. I could not have asked for a better venue and vendors! They are so organized and helpful there. Annah was there to answer any and all of my questions I had at any time. When she wasn't there the other girls helped me just as much. They made everything so painless and easy...except for the dollar amount, which was pretty expensive, but it was worth EVERY penny!! They also had everything included, and I mean everything. The food, the tables and chairs, the linens, the appetizers, the alcohol. The only thing we had to bring in was the cake. The whole place is beautiful and I was so very happy with the entire process along with our wedding day. They even had a coordinator there to help us at the Rehearsal and the day of. WONDERFUL! If anybody is getting married in Los Angeles, I suggest getting married at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. You will not be disappointed!!
When my husband and I started researching venues to hold our wedding reception we left no leaf unturned. We live in Glendale so we were primarily looking in the Glendale, Pasadena, and Burbank area. Our guestlist was 200 and we were on a budget of $20,000 for food, drinks, and room rentals (including linens, chairs, tablecloths, placesettings, drinkware, etc). We really had a vision of being able to have an open bar, a cocktail hour with hand passed appetizers and a delicious plated meal. We had a good budget to work with so we were able to include a lot of sites in our search. We wanted a site that had an all inclusive package, a beautiful room preferably with a fireplace, a great dance floor, exquisite decor, great catering, and professional staff. Calamigos was the only place that had this all and more. The grounds of the equestrian center are goregeous and nothing was off limits for pictures. We have so many great pictures with beautiful backdrops. Every one who works with you on your wedding will be professional, responbile and they all work to make you happy. Our wedding was fantastic, everything I had dreamed. We took a moment to sneak a look at the room before guests arrived (I highly recommend this!) and we our breath was taken away. From the candles glowing in the fireplace (woodburning for those fall/winter weddings) to the sconces, three gorgeous chandeliers and twinkle lights everywhere was romance. The food was so good and arrived hot off the grill. The appetizers were unlimited and all passed. It was a truly elegant event.
I felt that the policies at this venue were too strict. While the food tasted better than I anticipated, I wasn't quite sure this venue was worth the cost.
We were so thrilled to find the L.A. Equestrian Center. Their "Equestrian Room" and its adjacent garden proved to be the perfect ceremony/reception site one-two punch. The staff was so incredibly gracious, the food was excellent (despite it being just okay when we went for our tasting. phew!). The room decor was classy and the ceremony area was just gorgeous. Highly recommended!
I had my wedding at Calamigos in 9/07. I couldn't possibly say enough. Everything was beautiful, the site and room. The serving staff were amazing. The food was awesome (yes, wedding food was actually awesome!). Calamigos planners Robin and Annah were so helpful and great all the way through...flexible, great attention to detail, sweet and really made me feel like they cared about creating a special experience for me. My experience with them at all steps from my first phone call to leaving the venue on our wedding day was everything I could have hoped for. I am still getting compliments about how beautiful the room was, how great the food was and how much fun everyone had. Big thanks to Calamigos!
Let me start off by saying that Calamigos is a beautiful property. We had looked at a lot of places in our price range, but Calamigos is the one that had the look that we liked. It has a big park/garden feel to it. We had our ceremony at the Little White House and had our reception at the Grand Prix Ballroom. We had about 160 guests. Annah and Robin were the two people we talked with the most when renting the place and they were professional. Although they provide a coordinator for you when you rent the facility, we hired our own coordinators and they dealt with Calamigos for us after the intial renting process.
The only thing that was frustrating was that there were a lot of surprises on the day of the wedding. My coordinators had sent them a lot of information on the schedule that we wanted, but on the wedding day, we were told that the ceremony had to start at 6:30p, even though, IN OUR CONTRACT, we had the Little White House starting at 6:00p and had sent out all of the invitations SAYING that the wedding would be at 6:00p because that is what the contract said. I still don't really understand why we had to start at 6:30p. It had something to do with our reception having to start at 7:00p and them not wanting the guests at the ballroom a second before 7:00p. They have a certain way they do things (that they don't disclose until the actual day, in contravention of the language of the contract) and they are not compromising or accommodating. I would highly recommend getting a coordinator of your own to help look over the contract and make sure that things get done the way you want them.
The venue itself was actually very nice. The food was delicious, the service was great. It really is a night I will always remember.
The Equestrian Center is a great place to have a wedding! We just had our ceremony and reception there at the Little White House and Polo Room. They are very reasonably priced and the location is beautiful! The staff is very professional and accomodating. The food was phenomenal.
My sister had her wedding there last year on March 25th 2007. It was the Morales wedding. I say this so you can call and confirm everything I am saying , if you want to.
The site was nice. The service was horrible. I forget the names of the two coordinators there, but they are the rudest people I have ever met. I wish I could remember her name, but one was a tall blonde woman with short hair.
She policed the entire event, She walked around the room making sure that all people eating were people we paid for. She was counting plates, chairs etc. Our mariachi band sat down to eat (it was a buffet) and the coordinator decided that we had not paid for them (we had, but there was a miscommunication) she would take their food. She literally snatched plates from under their noses and dumped them in the trash. This was in front of our guests. This was only the tip of the iceberg.
We paid for open bar, paid for by the hour, they ran out of alcohol and were rude about it. One bartender actually swung an empty bottle in front of myself and a guest and said - "sorry no more" and laughed about it with the other bartender.
There was no DOC that day, so I was the point of contact throughout the day. They definitely tried to make myself and our guests feel like we didn't belong.
TOP 5 REASONS TO CHOOSE CALAMIGOS EQUESTRIAN CENTER: (a drum roll, please)
5. Plenty of parking! (Not always a given in Southern California.)
4. Banquet rooms that have charm and elegance.
3. Coordinators that are efficient yet flexible.
2. Variety of photography locations (gardens, waterfalls, and gorgeous rod-iron gates)
1. Awesome food!!!! Always delicious and always hot!!!
We have photographed weddings at the Calamigos Equestrian Center for over 5 years and appreciate every opportunity we have to go back. All of our Calamigos Equestrian brides have had nothing but wonderful things to say about their experience at this beautiful venue.
Flowers By Dan has been privileged to work at Calamigos Equestrian Center for the past 5 years as a floral vendor working on Weddings and Events. We love the outdoor arbors and so perfect to decorate with all our florals and always custom design each wedding to make each design reflect each clients vision. Some clients use a Horse and Carriage which we decorate which adds to the ambiance of the surroundings. It's always a pleasure to work with the Catering Staff , coordinators, and banquet personnel. The food is delicious and presented beautifully and the banquet rooms are highlighted when using their pinspots to enhance our floral decor. Flowers By Dan highly recommends using Calamingos Equestrian Center as your Wedding and/or Event location.
Calamigos is a great venue for your ceremony and reception. The staff is very professional, organized and friendly. The venue is very well maintained and the food is very good! I would highly recommend Calmigos for your Wedding!
We, at My Wedding Blooms, love working at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. The staff is amazingly accommodating and helpful. The rooms are nice and they also have Pin Spot lighting on each table, which makes flowers really stand out. You also get the Chivari Chairs with the package, which makes the whole setup look a lot more elegant. We certainly love working with them and recommend them to anyone that is looking for a nice location not too far from Los Angeles.
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