Lower cost weddings in Los Angeles
my friend is getting married in August and is on a very tight budget. I'm trying to help her out by making a few inquiries regarding kosher caterers and venues that won't break the bank. Ideally, she'd like a venue outside, but even a low cost shul social hall will work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
We got married at a beautiful old ranch in the northwest valley called Orcutt Ranch. Prices have gone up a bit since then, but it is a city park and less than other spots. You can have acoustic music outside (and a dj inside) no amplified music because of the neighbors. There are other restrictions like an early end time (neighbors, again). But there are several beautiful outside areas to marry and/or set up dining tables. There's a rose garden or three, a gazebo lawn area and a spot under an oak tree. There is also a huge orange grove, so at the right time of year, the whole place smells amazing. Two dressing rooms. My recollection is that another money saver was that they provide tables and chairs.
It's a beautiful spanish style ranch built in the 20s. Which leads to one thing which may or may not bother you. There is decorative molding at the roof line in the form of connected swastikas. The city has painted them white, but not removed them. You and your guests are unlikely to notice them without having them pointed out, but they are there. And have been since they were simply a decoration used by lots of cultures around the world. (and we put rose trees around the statue of the monk...)
And there really isn't a law that says you must go into debt to get married. Stick with apps or just cake and a toast. Guests who know and love them will understand.
For catering try Simon:
2627 S La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Great food- he recently catered a family member's wedding and gave significantly more for the same price as other caterers. Particularly the non-kosher guests still talk about how much they loved the food when they talk about the wedding :)