Sunday, January 15, 2012
finding a venue
i made a spreadsheet to keep track of venues, but i haven't really updated it. it's been hard finding venues, because we have 2 solid requirements:
1. allows outside catering
2. allows outside booze
and one strongish preference:
1. indoors (since it'll be in Jan)
and one budget:
these 3 things have combined to make finding a venue in southern california nearly impossible. i have some good leads right now though.
my frontrunner: http://www.centerartseaglerock.org/index.php/rental
i love it because it's beautiful, cheap, fits our 2 requirements, and goes until 1am instead of midnight like a lot of other venues i've checked out. they aren't super responsive to email. i left a message for the events guy on friday but he hasn't called me back. i want to do a site visit asap!
i also just found this site, which has some great cheap options, especially art galleries: http://www.nomattertheoccasion.com/venues/
but i sent them and email and haven't gotten a response.
some others i've been investigating:
looks cute but it's a bit pricey ($3500). i think they will negotiate though since it's off-season.
also pricey at $4000. but it looks awesome.
just a bit over budget at $2400. but it's outdoors and the event must end by 10pm. plus it's in santa barbara, which is a bit far for me.
- a friend's family mansion
the photos are lovely. it would also have to be outdoors, but they've done weddings there and it's got beautiful views.
i haven't done any site visits yet. that makes me anxious. once i have the venue i think the rest will be easier to start on.