Had a civil wedding, now planning a smaller ceremony

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SouthernCaliGir... Posts : 7 Registered: 2/16/10
Had a civil wedding, now planning a smaller ceremony
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 4:31 PM

Ok..so I am new to this website/forums but I noticed that everyone here is very helpful. With that in mind I hope I can get some help.

My boyfriend of 5 yrs and I were married on May 8, 2009. We didn't want to plan a huge wedding due to the fact that it's not our style. So we set an date and went into the Ventura County courthouse and were married there. We had a small dinner at my parents house with our families. So far we have been loving the married life. We would like to have a smaller ceremony for the peoole who couldn't be at our Wedding. We decided to start looking around to get some ideas.
I have been researching online for ceremony sites in the area (Ventura county) but have noticed that it's very pricey. If anyone is familiar with any locations in the area that would be very helpful and also food ideas. We are thinking of 50 guests.

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HappyGirl13 Posts : 1,298 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 5:02 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

I'm from L.A., not Ventura, so I'm not terribly familiar with Ventura venues, but have you already tried the Adolfo Camarillo House? It's run by the Camarillo Ranch Foundation. I have no idea what the prices are like, but the place is very nice and I know they do weddings:

http://camarilloranch.org/wordpress/

Also, I know you can do dinner cruises that leave from the Ventura harbor. Website:

http://www.islandpackers.com/harborcruz.html

It looks expensive, though. If you just want to do a reception and skip the ceremony, you could always just get a private banquet room at a restaurant you like and host a dinner. That might mean skipping more traditional stuff like a DJ, first dance, etc., but it would still be a nice celebration and won't break the bank.

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FinallyMrsS Posts : 1,035 Registered: 3/29/08
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 5:05 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

I got married in the Channel Islands Harbor at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht club. It was resonably priced and the staff is AMAZING! I also looked into the yellow umbrella (I think thats what it was called!) because my parents really wanted a beach wedding. I know Camarillo has a lot of places, but some are really pricey. Have you checked out herecomestheguide.com? It is an incredibly helpful site! They have tons of various locations.
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SouthernCaliGir... Posts : 7 Registered: 2/16/10
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 9:35 PM Go to message in response to: FinallyMrsS

Thank you for some ideas. FinallyMrsS..I started looking into the yellow umbrella in ventura..actually looks very nice and casual place for a ceremony. Do you have any idea what their rates are? I was checking out the website and it didn't say anything about that. I guess you can say I am leaning more towards a beach wedding..

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FinallyMrsS Posts : 1,035 Registered: 3/29/08
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 9:41 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

I deleted everything off of my laptop once I booked my location. But I am pretty sure it was resonably priced. If you email the lady she will send you all of the pricing information. I ended up going with a different location because you have to use the public restrooms which people use all day long and they get disgusting! And there was also something about guest parking. If I remeber correctly, guests had to park pretty far away and walk in or pay to park something like that. They also have a gift shop that they keep open and she would not close it during the wedding. It was a gift shop for your guests. It was very strange. She seemed to be hurting a bit for business so I am sure if I pushed for the shop to be closed she would have. Where in Ventura County are you located?
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SouthernCaliGir... Posts : 7 Registered: 2/16/10
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 9:54 PM Go to message in response to: FinallyMrsS

Oh I see...ya I think I'm going to have to call her in see what the rates are. I am located in Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park area. I've been looking a Santa Barabara but I feel it's a bit far for us.

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FinallyMrsS Posts : 1,035 Registered: 3/29/08
Re: Ventura County Wedding
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 10:07 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

Well.... If you are also possibly interested in keeping it local, I looked at the Tierra Rejada Ranch in Moorpark. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! It is an outdoor location. I would have booked on the spot, but my younger sister was there and reminded me that she is very allergic to Eucalyptus trees and the place is surrounded by them! So we decided it wasn't a good location. There is also the yacht club in Westlake that is sooooo beautiful. I don't remember exact pricing, but we decided against them becuase it was a smaller building with a max of 100 and we were anticipating 130 guests. I believe the McCormick ranch in Camarillo is reasonably priced and also beautiful. If your open to places other then the beach you should definitely look into the different ranches in camarillo and moorpark. There are some beautiful places. I also love the Las Posas Country Club. My sister just booked them for her wedding which is still over a year away. There is so much out there!!
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bosoxgirl Posts : 231 Registered: 2/3/10
Re: Had a civil wedding, now planning a smaller ceremony
Posted: Feb 18, 2010 1:50 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

My boyfriend of 5 yrs and I were married on May 8, 2009. We didn't want to plan a huge wedding due to the fact that it's not our style. So we set an date and went into the Ventura County courthouse and were married there. We had a small dinner at my parents house with our families. So far we have been loving the married life. We would like to have a smaller ceremony for the peoole who couldn't be at our Wedding. We decided to start looking around to get some ideas.

Aren't you contradicting yourself when you say you didn't plan a wedding for your guests to attend because it wasn't your style but now you want to have another ceremony so they can attend? But didn't you say in my thread that you didn't want a big wedding because of financial reasons? Reason being, a beach wedding was $500.00 compared the the $80.00 court house wedding that involved you and your DH?

I am very confused.

 

  

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SouthernCaliGir... Posts : 7 Registered: 2/16/10
Re: Had a civil wedding, now planning a smaller ceremony
Posted: Feb 18, 2010 5:06 PM Go to message in response to: bosoxgirl

I'm sorry you are confused...but I don't need to explain it to anyone...waste of time. Obviously this is a touchy subject that I didn't know people would make a big deal about.

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bosoxgirl Posts : 231 Registered: 2/3/10
Re: Had a civil wedding, now planning a smaller ceremony
Posted: Feb 19, 2010 1:13 PM Go to message in response to: SouthernCaliGir...

Have your second wedding. Please, let us all know how it goes! Post pictures too!!

 

  

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