I love this florist!! Marianne was a dream to work with. The shop itself is in an old gas station, and is just down the street from the Brand Library (my wedding location). Because I was a DIY bride on a budget, I didn't want to go overboard with the flowers. Nor did want them to, uhh, suck. Marianne told me I could save money by going to the LA Flowermart & making my own bridesmaid bouquets, yet save myself the hassle & horror of building the big Bridal Bouquet (the one that actually matters!) by paying HER to do it. Remember, this is my FLORIST telling me this! Made perfect sense to me. She does private bouquet making seminars for a minuscule fee--something UNHEARD of in the wedding business. I had no flower arranging experience whatsoever, but with Marianne's help, they looked really good, if i do say so myself. Even though I didn't really need that much floral arrangement (the bouquets & garlands were all i needed. i got the boutonieres on etsy.com) this florist not only met my needs, but taught me some valuable skills. Also helps that she's such a friendly lady!! I highly recommend this place, esp. if you're a DIY no nonsense bride like myself. http://www.ivysflowerstation.com/station2.htm
(Here's a tip about the garland: I got the eucalyptus garland at the LA flowermart. It costed a ridiculous amount of $ to have them put white lilies in it. So i just bought a regular bouquet of lilies, kept them in water until the wedding day, trimmed the stems so they were 6" long, stuck wires in them, and had my helper friends stick the flowers in the garland right before the wedding. You'll see how they looked in the pictures. Perfectly fine, right?)
For how affordable it was, Brand Park was a beautiful place to have our wedding. With a victorian house and quaint gazebo as our backdrop, our guests really enjoyed this garden setting. Because it is owned by City of Glendale, the cost for a permit is less than $500; but you are only allowed a few hours to use the grounds (this includes set-up). This wasn't a problem for us, because all we needed to set up was a garland and the mini PA. Because it is a garden, you don't really NEED that much decor. The groundskeeper sets up the chairs for you. They do allow time for rehearsal a day before the wedding.
Having a ceremony with more than 100 guests may be challenging because of the layout of the garden in relation to the gazebo. There is a slightly steep grade about 20 feet away from the gazebo where guests would otherwise sit. The japanese friendship garden several yards away may be a better option for parties of 100 or more.
If you can work around those few limitations, this is a great--and affordable--place to have a wedding!!
Beautiful ambience, great food; it took its time coming out though--as the main course arrived, some guests had already left!!!
Despite these hiccups, if i were to go back in time, i wouldn't do anything different.
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