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Wedding Reception on a VERY Tight Budget in LA

Hi everyone,

I am looking for a restaurant to hold a small wedding reception. It will be about 40-50 ppl. I am looking at $15 per person. ..yikes. Yes, $15. I know this might be limited to only Chinese restaurants. But if you know of any nice and clean ones, please let me know. Any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. Yeah, at that level, I think it's either Thai or Chinese.

    1. Check out the May Flower in Chinatown.
      They have a clean private room (which is on the corner of Spring and Ord) that they're always dying to use it. They have the two restaurant fronts and the private room on the corner which you can't see unless the door is open.
      Only speak with the owner Mrs. Ha, don't talk to Mr. Ha or the son...only Mrs. Ha and she's there only at nights usually after 7pm (7 nights a week). See her in person (don't call) and I'm sure she can work something out at that price. Give her a price range and make sure she tells you what the menu will be or you work out some kind of menu with her.
      It's going to be "cash only".
      May Flower Seafood Restaurant
      679 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
      (213) 628-0116‎

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      1. re: monku

        thanks ive been looking all over chinatown for a decent restaurant. i was afraid i had to venture out to the san gabriel area.

      2. Hey

        I just threw a wedding on the cheap, and hired out the Kogi truck. You can have your guests eat all they want for less than $15 each. But if you would need to rent or find a venue... But let me tell ya, it was a hit!

        Some other options I looked into were:
        Chichen Itza
        La Casita Mexicana

        And the key for a cheap wedding is - don't go gringo. ;) We live in LA - take advantage! If you can avoid hiring any silly "Westside" vendors, caterers, DJs, whatever. People get married everyday in our town outside of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills - for less than a fortune.

        Congratulations and good luck!

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        1. re: LilZ

          i actually read about someone renting out the kogi truck. i was also looking into ogamdo cafe since their back patio is quirky...ill look into chicken itza and la casita mexicana. thanks!

        2. My $0.02...

          Special order a GIANT and delicious paella from La Espanola ($9 or so pp) and enjoy it in someone's backyard! People will be talking about it for quite some time afterwards.

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          1. re: J.L.

            we are also considering it being catered. we found a caterer for $500 that inc utensils and 9 different dishes. now we just have to find a spot in LA to rent for cheap. so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know lol =) (we are getting married at the albertons chapel off of la brea)

          2. Check out the links below and I wonder if Carneys would work? If my wife and I had to do it all again we would probably do Carney's because we have so many good memories there eating on Sunset for just a few bucks. It is not all that crazy, I have seen groups of people in tux and gowns there many times. IMO, sure beats Chinese!

            Carney's
            http://carneytrain.com/carneys.html

            Cheap Eats in Beverly Hills...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/327550

            Something Casual/inexpensive in Bev Hills--Possible?
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/645330

            1. http://www.homeboy-industries.org/hom...
              Don't know if they'd do it for that price, but the restaurant is great - both food and atmosphere. And, it's a good cause.

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              1. re: SlpDocStu

                We used them for catering and received RAVES... we had a fancy salad, chicken fajitas, Tofu Tinga, Rice and Beans all for about $12 pp.... HOWEVER, we had to pick up the items and they did not provide us any rentals. I'm not SURE of their full catering services (Our event was a casual thing) but it helps a lot to be VERY clear with things with them in terms of expectations (They didn't return a call of ours because we didn't specifically ask for them to return a call...)

                --Dommy!

                1. re: SlpDocStu

                  i LOVE their food!

                2. China Palace in Tustin is $15 per person, give you a great selection and have great service and are very clean.