When working on a budget I think the biggest issue is finding the right venue that will work with your budget. When we first began wedding venue hunting we didn’t really know what questions to ask, or what to look for. After long trips to different venues we began to figure out what things we were looking for.
The All-inclusive venue is a great option for those that are looking to have a full packaged and do not want to spend the long hours of researching different catering companies, Rentals, and or a Bakery. Look for what exactly is included and what are your different options that they have available. Make sure that you express what is important to you and if they are able to accommodate you.
For us it didn’t really make sense to get an all-inclusive location, as we know a lot of catering companies and pastry chefs. We wanted to look for something that allowed us to do it as simple or extravagant as we wanted. And after long hours of research I out weight my options and found that in LA getting a all inclusive deal was really not a deal at all (really!). Not to mention that I am obsessed with a barn style wedding and lets get real here that doesn’t exist in a city like this, and if they do they will cost you an arm and a leg.
Since I am planning to do most of my decorations I didn’t want to spend unnecessary amount of money on things I didn’t need nor wanted. Although most of these places are big and beautiful we always envisioned our wedding to be small and quaint. I knew that in LA I would not be able to find a location we both liked, so I began to search in the surrounding areas but still with in our county limit, and after long hours of research I found thee perfect location, and the best part is I found it on the Parks and historical landmarks section of the city website. It was Exactly in our budget and best of all we can choose the catering company they work with or bring out own. We pick and choose what we want. AND THE BEST PART IS A GOT MY BARN LOCATION FOR $3,000!! We chose to have it in Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and the people have been nothing but helpful so far. The price includes both the ceremony and reception. I am so excited!