How to search for a wedding and reception venue in LA.
Advice on how to go about finding venues.
Info on the couple:
She's from a family that does weddings right, so for example, you know how invites have an envelope inside an envelope which contains a card and yet another return envelope? Removing one of those redundant envelopes is out of the question.
On the other hand, he is from a context where eloping is more common, and the marriages that did happen didn't have mailed invitations, but rather email/phone calls.
On the other hand, she is a bit rebellious to all that traditionalism and wants to be more casual, while he is looking to do things "right" and have something more formal than normal from his family.
Thus the wedding will be a compromise between these two wedding approaches. The aim is to follow the most important traditions and rules, but to be really flexible in those rules, especially when they are inconvenient or don't make sense. So, e.g. bridesmaids will be getting dresses that they can use for other events.
The real question:
How do I find a venue that is as cheap as possible while still meeting some minimums for a traditional wedding? Where can I look? I've seen many venue websites, but they don't sort by price, which is absurd, I think, despite their explanation as to why
. There's got to be a way to automatically exclude venues that cater to millionaires and to exclude venues serving people on welfare. Price is going to be the main thing that determines that line between traditional and informal, but I'm convinced that with some careful planning, we can find a cheap place that nobody will know isn't expensive, formal, and traditional.