Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 957- 1706 View their website
Average Base Cost: $11,000
Average base cost for a DAX Gallery wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday reception using their full-day rental fees (assuming you would be using full catering services), and family-style catering costs of $50/pp (since you can bring in your own food and beverage). Transportation to venue, entertainment, furniture rentals, bartenders, valet, decorations, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
How it breaks down:
- Half-Day Rental (6 Hours): $2,500
- Full-Day Rental (12 hours. Required if using full catering services)): $4,000
- Three-Day Rental (1st day load in, 2nd full day, 3rd day load out): $6,000
What’s Included: All venue rentals include venue rental, insurances, and clean-up.
Additional Services (Optional):
- Support Staff (servers, buses, extra cleanup, social staff): Varies
- Bartender: $100 (3 hours)
- Valet: See below
- Security Guard $200 (3 hours)
- DJ (includes equipment): $500 (3 hours)
- Photographer (include unedited photos): $300 (2 hours)
- Videographer (include unedited video footage): $300 (2 hours)
- Event consulting/management/marketing: Cost varies
- Corkage: See below
Food and Beverage: Though the gallery recommends using their caterer, 24 carrots, it is not required. You may bring in your own alcohol for a $175 flat corkage fee as noted above.
Space Type: Inside
Size: Up to 150 persons seated with dance floor or 200 persons seated without dance floor. Up to 400 standing.
Bridal Suite: No
Parking: A valet is recommended. You can hire one the gallery has worked with for around $500. They have fit around 150 cars in the gallery’s lot before.
Food Service Type: Your choice
How Will Grandma Get There? There is a Hilton Orange County located 0.5 miles away.
Party On! Events must end at 10 p.m. unless a permit is obtained from the city which will allow you to extend the time to 2 a.m.
The DAX Gallery is an Orange County art gallery that exhibits fine art, mixed media, photography, and sculptures from artists such as Richard Oliver, Risk, Meggs, Axis, and Chad Muska. The gallery opened in 2013 and has 4,500 sq. feet of minimal white space with exposed high ceilings and oversized windows and doors. It’s located in one of Costa Mesa’s rising new areas called the Lab Anti-Mall & Camp District.
Woman Getting Married Says:
I like this venue idea in Orange County, especially if you’re looking for something that’s cool and out-of-box. I think the space would work best for a reception only, though that’s not to say you couldn’t have a ceremony here if you really wanted to. The great thing about having a wedding reception in an art gallery is that 1) it’s minimal by design, so you can choose to do very little to it (a few gorgeous flowers here and there is all you really need) and it won’t look oddly bare, and 2) chances are the gallery will have some amazing art on display, which is a design bonus. Think of all the fun things you could do with the space as well. Like hanging cool lamps from the ceiling or even getting a custom portrait done of you and your hubs to hang on one of their walls. You can also hire a portrait artist to sketch drawings of your guests as an awesome wedding favor.
I think their rental fee is definitely reasonable, especially considering the flexibility you have with food and beverage. You can easily get the base cost down even lower if you bring in an outside caterer and your own alcohol. As with all of our wedding venue write-ups, the base cost is just an estimate and can be a lot lower or higher depending on whether or not you bring in catering or opt for additional services.