I, however, was not going to let this stop me. I began talking to the property manager and found out if we get married on a Friday (which I wanted all along, they will let us bring in an outside caterer). Cha-ching! I was a bit disappointed though when they told me that our Friday affair in April (a supposedly off-peak month) was still going to cost us a $6,500 rental fee of the estate since we chose to bring in an outside caterer and weren't going with their caterer. Seriously? Not so cha-ching. :(
Now, we knew we wanted something unique and different and not your average country club, hotel or ballroom type venue where guests are basically trapped in a large square room - not that there is anything wrong with that because my sister did it and it was beautiful and amazing - just not MY thing for my vision. But Mr. Fix It just couldn't wrap his arms around the costs. I wanted to prove to him that we could have our dream wedding at this venue without having to spend the $50,000 minimum that most people who get married here spend. (C'mon, in reality most weddings at this place cost over $100,000 easily!) To persuade Mr. Fix It, I took him to 12 other venues over the next month. We visited everything from country clubs, golf courses, hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, parks, museums, libraries...you name it! Most of them fell within a very similar budget range, but none of them had the 'ooh's and aah's' reaction that came from RLL.
We narrowed it down to the cruise ship and RLL (how did he compare those two I'll never know). Mr. Fix It was really pushing for the cruise ship...super fun and really nice but so not my dream! So I showed him the budget (see previous post) and told him I knew I could make it work. He called me a few days later and said he'd been thinking about it. He said he knew how important it was to me to have this dream venue for our wedding, so he decided we could go ahead and book it. I seriously started crying. I was truly choked up and thanked him so much for being such a wonderful, loving future hubby!
And without futher ado, here are some photos and a video of our venue: RANCHO LAS LOMAS!
I mean this is it! A private estate with a spanish style feel that has HUGE grounds for the guests to roam around and be enchanted by. We are getting married in April right when all the trees are green, the flowers are blooming and the weather is not quite too hot yet. I took some photos of the venue in January when I took my mom and sis to see it and then went back in April and took photos of the same areas. I couldn't believe the difference in the greenery and flowers and trees. It's going to be gorgeous...the perfect combination of an outdoor event but with indoor possibilities. Can't wait to share more with you.
So tell me about your venues. Did you get your dream location? Was there something you really wanted and just couldn't make it work? What do you LOVE about your venue?