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Wedding for 200 with Outdoor Ceremony/Indoor Reception

Hey all... Helping a friend plan and research for her wedding.

The Details:
-When: Aim is Labor Day Weekend 2010.
-How many: 200 people-ish.
-How much: Like to keep it under 50K.
-Preferences: They want to have an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception, with pretty scenery...

So far they're checking out Calamigos, Luxe on Sunset, Malibu West, Bel Air Bay, SmogShoppe, Marina Mariott...

I'd love to come up with something great for her, as she just lost her mom in spring, and is left to plan a lot on her own.

TIA! I know you guys will come through!

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  1. Besides starting out with a venue/restaurant first, it can also work to start with the caterer....and let them suggest venues. Auntie Em's does a lot of weddings in a lot of different locations, and they do a terrific job. They really work with you to create the event that you want in the price range you need. I've been to a number of their events, and I recommend them most highly.

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    1. re: perk

      I'll try to throw in this suggestion, but I think they want to pick the venue first... thanks!

      1. re: Emme

        perk's reply hit the nail on the head. Also, the Team wants this to be focused on food and caterer which is still a broad question unless we know more about The Details:, i.e.,-Kind of food? Maybe if we knew the kind of food they want for the big day someone here might know the caterer and that caterer might know the the venue with the correct ambiance for that kind of food, One thing is for sure, we need to know the kind of food they want. Since Emme is a true Chowhound, Emme needs to firmly suggest to them that food is #1 and them the rest falls into place.

        For example,
        Food / the celebration (the whole night) = Venue of wedding (30 min ceremony)
        Polynesian food / sea food = sunset beach ceremony on the sand.
        Italian food = garden or vineyard ceremony.
        Corn dogs, peanuts and cotton candy = getting married at the Circus (actually this sounds fun and for 50K you might get the whole circus for the night, w/ endless elephant riides)
        So we need to know the food first.

    2. Not sure if it is big enough but The Castle Green in Pasadena is nice, The catering is awful, see if you can bring in your own caterer.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Castle Catering is one of the available vendors for Castle Green.. and they are great! I have not tried their other option of Dicksons.

        1. re: iluvcheese

          I hope that is not who's food I had. Pasta with 3 choicesof sauce, a mashed potato ,artini bar and something else. It really was bad. If you go in that direction be sure to do a tasting and see what other options you have. Good Luck

          1. re: Burger Boy

            My friend had her wedding at Castle Green, Maison Akira catered for them. They did a good job!

      2. I wonder what Terranea would do to attract this event? I believe they are still hurting for business. It ought to have a nice backdrop for an outdoor event that time of the year. Probably worth checking out.

        http://www.terranea.com/

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        1. re: Servorg

          Terranea is already scheduled to close!
          My friend's wedding is coming up there, but they're no longer accepting new ones.

          1. re: TracyS

            That is not true. It does a terrible disservice to businesses to pass on these types of unconfirmed rumors without doing some fact checking first. They are still booking weddings and other events and, while the ownership of the hotel may well revert to the primary lender (Bill Gates), it will not be closing.

        2. When I got married just over a year ago, we checked out and almost booked Malibu West, and it was lovely, and in your budget. In fact, a friend of mine saved herself a bunch of time a month later, and only saw that one place, and got married there a month after we did. I think Calamigos is awesome, but might be more expensive. There are some beautiful homes in the Malibu Canyons that rent out for weddings as well.

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          1. re: lindalou1026

            thanks they're looking at Calamigos and MW this weekend.

          2. The Victorian..its in santa monica.