Over the next few weeks, I'll be showcasing a different venue that I've visited in the hunt for our perfect wedding location. Most of these places are not popular venues that you'd find in your typical wedding research. Some may be a little non-traditional. And all of them are perfect for the budget-conscious.
One thing I noticed while looking at venues online is that most websites don't show the details of the space. I.e. the light fixtures, windows, flooring, etc. And they always show the space when it's fully decked out in someone else's wedding decor. Hopefully, the shots I've taken will give you a better idea of the what each venue looks like as a "blank slate."
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Courtesy of www.laperladelmarchapel.com
LA PERLA DEL MAR CHAPEL
Located in Shell Beach, this chapel can be rented out for all kinds of events, including church services, yoga clases, and art shows. Originally built in the early 1940's, the chapel was losing its congregation and funds and was put up for sale in 2008. Shelley Malcom and Garin Sinclair purchased the property and renovated it as an events venue for public use.
There is a small, two-bedroom cottage located right next to the chapel, which can be used as the bridal party's dressing room, a honeymoon suite, or even for cocktail hour, if you're hosting a smaller event. The cottage is a former schoolhouse, and while it is located at the same venue, the use of this space is not included in the rental fee.
Chapel - alter area
Chapel - wood beams
Chapel - lighting
Chapel - exterior
Chapel - exterior
Cottage - kitchen
Cottage - dining room
Cottage - living room
Cottage - bathroom
Cottage - bedroom 1 (Murphy bed)
Cottage - bedroom 2 (Murphy bed)
Cottage - exterior
View to the beach
The rental fee for this venue is as follows:
Hourly rental - $200
Six hours - $1,000
10 hours - $1,500
Packages include Wedding Coordinator and chairs (not sure about tables).
Additional fees include security deposit ($500), liability insurance, Officiant, and sound technician or DJ.
I emailed/ spoke directly with Shelley Malcom and she was super friendly and accommodating. Even though she was going to be out of town during our visit to the area, she arranged for her daughter to let us in to both buildings, and even followed up with an email after our visit. Very easy to get on contact with. Two thumbs up for this vendor.
This is a great venue for a more natural, homey, rustic wedding.