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Wedding at OC Sailing and Events Center
I am getting married at the OC Sailing and Events Center on August 10, 2012. The contract from the center says that last call has to be one hour and fifteen minutes before cleanup begins. We have to be cleaned up and out of there by 11pm, so that means the party would have to end at 9:45pm (waaay too early for my crowd). Anyone else experience this problem there, or are they more lenient about the time?
Posted in Dana Point, CA, USA
Written on Mar. 18, 2012
Dana Point, CA, USA
We listened to their instructions to get everything out by 11 pm. There was very little monitoring of the center though, so I'm not sure how strict they would be with the penalties. We just didn't want to push it, but there was no one really checking in with us about leaving.
I am getting married their on August 25. I too wondered about the same thing.
Do you have all your vendors yet? Are they all on the county approved list? Some of my vendors are not on that list so I called around and I was told that I could purchase insurance from the county instead of getting everyone on the list. Do you know anything about that? I am just nervous about getting everything squared away with the county!
Any info you have about your wedding plans their would be appreciated - I have been dying to talk to a bride who is also getting married there!
I had also heard about the all-inclusive insurance through the city, but haven't really looked into it. The Sailing Center's insurance fee is $75 for the first three vendors, I believe, and $25 for each additional vendor. I only have four total, so I'm not going to bother with the city insurance. Not all of my vendors are on the preferred vendor list, but they just have to show proof of liability insurance.
I am still a little uneasy about all the requirements as well. Mostly, I'm worried about having to end the party so soon. A small confession: I knew there was a wedding there on April 28th, so I went around 10pm to see if the party was still going.. and was disappointed. The bride and groom were gone and the few remaining guests were on the patio while the inside was being cleaned. :( It could have been a calm crowd, but it only confirmed my worries.
I'm not sure what you want to know exactly.. but if there's a specific question you have, I'd love to help as best I can. Sorry it took me so long to respond! I finally got a bulk of the planning done and now have time to fine tune everything. :)
Thanks for the reply. Who do you have to clean up? I have Team One Management. When I talked to the guy, I mentioned that we were ending at 9:45 and he said "why?". I replied, "because that's when they said we have to end.". He said that they clean up there for weddings all the time and that if we were out by 10:30 that would be fine. So, I am going with that!
As for the insurance, I finally talked to someone and think I figured it out. I am sending in the fees you mentioned ($75 for first 3, etc. But I didn't think that was insurance. The lady I talked to said they would look at my vendors and then send me the price for the city insurance). I am going to do that ASAP so I get everything settled!
Who is your caterer? Do you have a wedding coordinator?
My wedding crew (family, bridal party, wedding planner, caterer, rental co.) are all cleaning up, so we are not hiring a cleaning crew. That's good news to hear what Team One said about ending at 10:30 :)
Our caterer is Summit Catering Co. based out of Fullerton. Do you have a caterer yet? I also did a tasting at Country Gardens in Santa Ana and they were great (Summit is more bang for your buck though). Are you guys serving alcohol? I was wondering on the contract about having last call at 9:45.. that was kind of my concern about ending the party so soon.
My wedding coordinator is Stephanie Hassan from Table 7 Events. However, if you hire a good catering company, they often have a lead employee who will double as a coordinator (I just wasn't totally comfortable with that).
Where are you setting everything up? We are haven't done our final walkthrough with all the vendors yet, but so far.. we're having the bar and photobooth on the patio, dance floor in the middle of the inside, tables surrounding dance floor, sweetheart table on the stage, dessert table in the back by the kitchen, guest sign in table outside when they first walk in for cocktail hour.. ahh! there's so much to think about. Talking to another bride helps though :) Thanks!
Dana Point, CA, USA
I got married there in 2010 and they were very lenient. We used Team one and if I recall correctly, we were allowed to be there later by actually using them -- we stayed all the way 'til 11pm. Our parents helped put the linens together and gather our personal belongings. As for the after hours partying - we met our late night party guests at the Marriott up the hill -- they have a nice outdoor lounge with fire pits, etc. Most of our friends stayed at the Marina Inn and just walked back down.
That is great to hear! We were trying to figure out an after party of some sort for our guests, so I'll definitely check into the Marriott. Thank you very much for the tips!
I don't have a wedding coordinator - our caterer is acting as a quasi-wedding coordinator. I am nervous about all the small details! My caterer is What a Dish (just up the road from the events center) and I have read good things about them taking care of all the details. So, hopefully that is the case! :-)
Here's something that is stressing me out: parking! I just went to the center this afternoon (I live very close) and there was absolutely no parking. I am sure in August this will also be the case. My ceremony is at 4PM, so maybe a few people will leave the beach/picnic area by that time, but I am not counting on it.
For those who have had their wedding there in the past - was parking an issue? I am considering doing a shuttle (but don't want to since my budget is already spent!).
Thanks for any response!!!
I'm also worried about parking :/ I have been going to the center almost every weekend and it only gets busier and busier! That was something that I brought up during our initial meeting with Janice, and she said that it has never been an issue. For some reason, I don't really trust her... just a vibe I got.