This Newly Renovated Event Venue in Long Beach has both indoor & outdoor spaces to hold your ceremony and a Gorgeous Ballroom for your Reception. The Outdoor area feels like you’re standing in a Cobblestone Courtyard on a Greek Island Surrounded by Beautiful white Buildings. The Banquet Halls Foyer has Travertine Tile and Includes a Large Bar with Dark Wood, Mirrored Back, Glass Shelves & Granite Counter. Through the Foyer you enter the Main Ballroom with High Ceilings and four Gorgeous Grand Chandeliers. The Room Features a Large Charming Fireplace that is a Great area for a Head Table or Lounge Furniture. The Room also Features Tall windows facing the west, stunning Lighting and Decorative Door & Wall Treatments.
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Stefanie · Married on 02/06/2016
1000 percent happy with the Betty Reckas Cultural Center. It is definitely a well priced hidden gem in Long Beach. You can bring in your own booze (liquor too!) Jeremy Smith was our catering manager and he was great. We also had Loren as our banquet server, make sure to ask for him specifically as he was so incredibly attentive and kind. The Betty is so beautiful on the inside, you'd never know it was over in the area it is located in. Every time we told someone, no one had heard of it. Our guests were so impressed with it's beauty. They also just redid the bathrooms and they look amazing as well.Sent on 02/11/2016
The food was incredible. We didn't give the guests a choice of dish, we went with the balsamic roasted chicken/mashed potatoes/baby carrots. I cannot even tell you how many compliments we had on the entire dish, how moist the chicken was, how the baby carrots were amazing. We also opted to serve buttercake and mini donuts as a dessert. Obviously as the bride I didn't get to try it haha, but my guests raved about it the entire weekend.
The only thing I would mention (and I'm not even mad about it) is that you should have a conversation with the bar about making sure the drinks are not overpoured. We ran out at the end- still had enough beer and wine to cover but we had to send a cousin to the store! Everyone was cool so not really a problem but we thought (and our coordinators agreed) we really had over purchased liquor.
It really was an amazing experience and if I had to do it all over again, I would pick the Betty every time!
User4454752 · 2+ years ago
Beautiful setting and quite location.Sent on 05/18/2015
Dela · Married on 10/25/2014
My husband and I could not be any happier that we chose this venue. Here is what we loved:Sent on 11/03/2014
- Price: there is a fee of $1,550 for Saturday events (which includes the security guards, setup, cleanup, cake, basic linens, etc.). After looking at so many venues & the outrageous fees they charged just for using their space, it was nice to come across a venue like Betty Reckas, where the site fee included so much more than other venues. Their meal packages ranged from $50-80/person and we had the option to bring in our own alcohol, which helped in saving us a bit of money.
- Venue size / ambiance – this place is huge! We ended up with about 150 guests and there was more than enough space for everyone. During cocktail hour, our guests mingled in the foyer area where the bar is and a little outdoor/patio area on the side of the building, where the mariachi we hired was stationed. The main ballroom have high ceilings, four chandeliers and a large fireplace. You really don’t need a lot of décor to make this place look amazing. We used the tables, chairs and place settings that the venue provided, which worked fine with our décor. We got the uplighting as part of the package with our DJ and it added nicely to the ambience of the place
- Food - you have to use TGIS to cater your events at this place. For appetizers, we had pork belly tacos, lobster sake shooters and bruschetta. For dinner, we chose the standard buffet with tri-tip, Mediterrenean chicken, wild rice and veggies. Everyone especially loved the appetizers! My husband and I thought that the tri tip was a little dry, but overall our guests enjoyed the food.
- Service - the day of my wedding, our other vendors commented on how easy it was to work with the staff at Betty Reckas. Our banquet manager was very attentive and Jeremy was great to work with during the planning process as well.