• Costume Party Tips

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    It’s that time of year when everyone is trying to come up with new ideas for hosting a costume party. Many abandon their plans when they realize the amount of work that is involved, but what if you could host a fabulous costume party without lifting a finger?

    Pomona Valley Mining Company is a perfect spot for your next costume party. Our dedicated staff will help you plan a menu that will suit your taste and your budget. We will go out of the way to help you with décor as well.

    Here are some tips to help you get started in your planning.

    1) Decide on how many guests you will have.
    2) Contact a helpful staff member at Pomona Valley Mining Co who can discuss room options based on the size of your party.
    3) Meet with staff member to select menu and see the room.
    4) Decide on the type of décor that you want.

    NOTE: Pomona Valley does have basic décor packages that are included. The staff will, however, assist with special décor needs for a small extra fee.

    Now, all you’ll need to do is invite your guests and choose your costume. The staff will set up, cook the food, serve and – best of all – clean up!

    Be sure to include a costume contest. You can offer prizes for most original, scariest and best overall.

    Whether the party is for your friends or your employees, a costume party at Pomona Valley Mining Company is sure to be an event that your guests will never forget!

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    Bridal Resources

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When choosing a venue for your wedding ceremony or reception, you have a LOT of options. But rather than just choosing a location, why not choose a venue that offers an array of resources to help make your wedding planning easier and your big day extra special?

    Pomona Valley Mining Company boasts rooms with amazing views, a helpful staff and menus to suit a variety of budgets. But that’s not all. Look at all of the perks you’ll find when choosing Pomona Valley Mining Company.

    • Have you ever been to a wedding where you had to walk three blocks from where you parked the car? Not here. Valet parking is available for all of your guests.

    • You won’t have to book two separate venues. Pomona Valley offers beautiful and romantic spots for both your ceremony and your reception.

    • We keep our blog updated with fresh tips for brides who need advice about all the details involved in planning a wedding.

    • The views. The views. The views.

    • We offer on-site catering, so you will not have to worry about coordinating between the venue and the caterer.

    • Our reception menu packages start at just $28.95 per person. We also offer special discounts for wedding on certain dates.

    • We care so much about making sure that brides have all the information that they need that we host an annual bridal show where you’ll be able to see the venue, sample items from our menu and meet various vendors.

    The staff at Pomona Valley Mining Company goes out of our way to provide resources for brides. We love brides, and we’re sure that you’ll love us back!

    Call today to speak to a staff member about having your wedding ceremony and/or reception at Pomona Valley Mining Company.

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    How to Decorate a Gazebo for a Wedding

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When a couple gets married in a gazebo it contributes to a memorable wedding day and very romantic wedding pictures. But some brides are unsure how to decorate a gazebo for a wedding. Below are some tips to help you get started.

    Many brides choose flowers as the main feature when decorating a gazebo for a wedding. Flowers are a way to bring in your wedding colors and also a way to add more natural touches to your wedding. You can use a lot of flowers or use them only to provide small splashes of color.

    Tulle and More
    Tulle, ribbon and other decorative items may also have a place in decorating a gazebo for a wedding. Tulle can be used to soften the look of the gazebo and provide a romantic touch while ribbon may be used as another option for bringing in the wedding colors.

    A Table
    Many brides have a decorated table placed in the gazebo. This could be used for the unity candle or to hold the instruments of communion. The table may be decorated with flowers or, perhaps, a small candelabra.

    Rope lights, sometimes called snake lights, are a fun way to add lighting to the décor in the gazebo. One idea is to wrap the rope lights in tulle and then wrap or drape them throughout the gazebo. This creates a soft, romantic look.

    Some brides opt for very little decoration on the gazebo. Some gazebo weddings, such as those held at Pomona Valley Mining Co. already offer a spectacular view. Some couples feel that no further decoration is needed.

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    Graduation Party Ideas

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |


    Pomona Valley Mining Company’s central location makes it easy to find and easy to reach from various points. This makes us a good choice for grads from many different schools.


    One thing to consider when choosing graduation party locations is the parking. Do you really want guests to have to hunt for and then pay for parking? At Pomona Valley Mining Company we have lots of free parking, and guests will not have to hike a half a mile to get to the front door.


    Perhaps the best reason to choose Pomona Valley Mining Co for your graduation party is the menu. We offer an extensive menu of professionally prepared fare. While we do have set banquet menus, we are also very flexible. This means that you can customize the menu to suit your taste and budget.


    Speaking of your budget – many are shocked to learn just how affordable it is to hold a graduation party at Pomona Valley Mining Company. With options starting at about $15 per person, a graduation party held in one of our five beautiful banquet rooms does not have to cost a small fortune.


    The banquet rooms at our facility offer absolutely stunning views of the San Gabriel Valley. Your guests will be able to enjoy the view as they eat, dance and visit. Also, our rooms are a bit less formal and stuffy that what you might find at other banquet facilities, making them a perfect choice for a graduation party.

    Graduation Party Ideas


    Assemble a video of the graduate from childhood through today. Have the video playing in the background throughout the event. Guests will get a kick out of seeing the graduate through the years.


    While you want some sort of décor for the graduation party, you don’t need to spend a lot of time on it. If you choose your graduation party location wisely then you won’t have to spend any time fussing over décor.
    The staff at Pomona Valley Mining Company will be able to help you with all such details if you choose to hold your event at this fabulous location.

    Guest List

    Who and how many to invite may be somewhat dependent on your budget. When you are planning the menu yourself, it can be difficult to accurately predict the budget. If you choose a location like Pomona Valley Mining Company, however, there will be no surprises.

    You will know exactly how many people you can invite without blowing the budget.

    When searching for graduation party locations in the Inland Empire, it is tough to beat the service, views and food offered by Pomona Valley Mining Company. Give our helpful staff a call today and learn how we can help you make your event a success.

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    Host Your Corporate Event at Pomona Valley Mining Co

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When you need the perfect place to host your next business meeting or other corporate event, Pomona Valley Mining Company is THE perfect choice. Most planners of business meetings and other corporate events have similar needs and wants. We work hard to meet and exceed your expectations on every front.

    Wouldn’t it be great to find a location for your next corporate event where the staff took the time to think ahead of the things that might make your meeting flow more smoothly? At Pomona Valley Mining Company, we offer free Wi-Fi and rooms that are conducive to conducting business. We have an A/V person that will be available during your meeting should you have any questions or need assistance.

    Ease of Planning

    We know that planning corporate events can be stressful, but we want to change that. Once you decide to host your corporate event here, our helpful staff will take the reins when it comes to the meeting space and the menu so that you can focus on your presentation or training materials. You won’t have to wonder about every little detail. Instead, you will have peace of mind knowing that when you walk through the doors, everything will be ready for you to get started.

    Variety of Packages

    With meeting packages that start at just $12.50 per person, Pomona Valley Mining Company has a package for your next corporate event that will be suitable for just about any budget. Whether you have a large group or a group as small as 15, we have a package that will work for you.

    Unlike some other venues that do not allow you to stray from their set menu, we allow you to customize a menu by choosing add-ons such as breakfast sandwiches, assorted yogurts or bottled water. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, just ask! We can certainly work with you to create a menu that is compatible for your corporate event.

    Something Unique

    We have hosted enough corporate events to know that energy and attention can start to wane once the afternoon hits. Before starting your afternoon sessions, let everyone have a chance to re-energize with an afternoon break. Afternoon breaks, including drinks, baked goodies and upbeat music, are part of our meeting packages and will help start get the afternoon session started off right.

    Of course, you want the people attending your meeting or corporate event to be comfortable. The décor at Pomona Valley Mining Company is unique. Set on a quiet lot with gorgeous views, your attendees will certainly be glad to be away from the hustle and bustle and allowed to spend a day on our beautiful property.

    As mentioned above, we can accommodate groups of most any size. Our ball rooms are perfect for larger meetings and will give you plenty of room to stretch out.

    Call Pomona Valley Mining Company for your next business meeting or corporate event. Once you experience our superior service, you’ll wonder why you ever went anywhere else.

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    The Best Saloon in Pomona

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    You don’t hear many people these days saying “I think I’ll stop by the saloon after work.” That might be because they don’t know that there is a saloon worth visiting right here in Pomona. Pomona Valley Mining Company is not just a saloon, but the Pomona Valley Mining Co. Saloon restaurant gives you that “saloon experience”, minus the shootouts and ladies of ill-repute you may have found in a saloon of old.

    We call it the Snake Eye Saloon, and as soon as you step inside, you will get the feeling of being in an old mining town. You will be surrounded by authentic mining relics, gorgeous stained-glass windows and the same type of woodwork that you’d have seen in any Old West Saloon. Our wine list, however, is substantially better than anything those old miners would have enjoyed.

    While the saloon experience at Pomona Valley Mining Co. is a lot fun, as we mentioned earlier, we are not just a saloon. After you enjoy your drinks or a glass of wine at the bar, you can be seated in our restaurant where you will find an extensive menu of meticulously prepared dishes.

    Visit us on a Sunday to enjoy our Sunday Champagne Brunch. While we are proud of the fact that we can recreate a portion of the saloon experience for our guests, this brunch feels more like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” than “Gunsmoke”. The buffet includes a dizzying array of choices including a seafood station, fresh fruit, made to order pancakes and waffles, an omelet station and much more. Be sure to take advantage of the $5 off coupon available on our Web site.

    In addition to our saloon and restaurant, we also boast one of the most beautiful banquet facilities in the area. Whether you want a casual meeting or a formal wedding reception, we have the perfect space for your event. As is the case in our restaurant, the food on our banquet menu is prepared by talented chefs who pay attention to every detail. Rivaling the quality of the food are the amazing views offered from our banquet rooms. Your guests will have a fabulous view of the valley during the day and of the twinkling city lights at night.

    We offer special banquets on select dates, so be sure to check out the details on our Web site. We can accommodate parties of almost any size and will work with each guest to make sure that their event exceeds their expectations.

    So, yes, we are more than a saloon. Still, we must admit that we are mighty proud of the Snake Eye Saloon, and we look forward to the chance to serve you a stiff drink (or delicate glass of wine) after a hard day in the mines (or the office).

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    Valentine’s Day Ideas for Pomona Valley

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you want to plan a special day for your sweetheart, you better get busy! Below is a list of five fun ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Pomona. Some of the ideas below are pretty traditional, while a couple may seem unusual. Just remember that sometimes, when you really want to impress your honey, you need to think outside the box.

    1) Grey Whale Watching

    Spend an afternoon on the water trying to spot grey whales. Valentine’s Day weekends just so happens to fall during prime whale spotting season, so this makes a wonderful date for the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Cost is $30 per person and one of the most popular whale watches departs from Newport Beach.

    2) Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt

    Head on over to Venice Beach to take part in the Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt. 2013 is the 6th year for this event, so maybe it will become your new tradition. The scavenger hunt takes place on bikes, and the cost to enter is $25 per person. There are prizes awarded to the top 3 teams.

    3) Volunteer

    While you are busy planning your romantic weekend with that special someone, others will be spending the day alone in a nursing home. Why not take a bit of time to bring some cheer to the residents of some local nursing care centers. You could bring a bunch of roses and hand them out to residents. (If you want to bring food items, be sure to check with the nursing staff as some residents are on a restricted diet.) There are many nursing homes in Pomona including the Chino Valley Health Care Center, Claremont Care Center, Landmark Medical Center and Pomona Vista Care Center. To those with a giving spirit, nothing could be more romantic than finding a way to bring a smile to the face of someone who is all alone this Valentine’s Day.

    4) Spa Day

    The spa is always a romantic choice for Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of spas to choose from, so shop around until you find one that offers the services that you want. You might choose a couples massage. You could also spend a half day together while both getting manicures, pedicures and facials. If the idea of a couple’s day at the spa doesn’t appeal to you, then send your wife or girlfriend for a day of pampering while you make the final plans for a fabulous Valentine’s Day dinner.

    5) A Romantic Dinner

    While there is no shortage of romantic spots for dinner in Pomona, some stand above the rest. Great food and fabulous service are important, but to take the romance to the next level, you need to choose a spot that also boasts an amazing view. The Pomona Valley Mining Company offers diners one of the best views in the city. Imagine sitting down to a scrumptious dinner of Miner’s Angus Top Sirloin, Blackened Halibut or one of our other signature dishes while looking out over the twinkling lights of the city. Pomona Valley Mining Company has a full menu including tempting entrees and mouthwatering desserts.

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    Food With a Great View in San Gabriel Valley

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Whether you live near San Gabriel or are just passing through, you should take time to enjoy the gorgeous views that are a big part of what makes the area so special. Nestled east of Los Angeles and west of the Inland Empire, the San Gabriel Valley often makes an appearance in feature films. It is also well-known as the site of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

    When you need to grab a bite to eat, why not find a restaurant with a view in the San Gabriel Valley? The Pomona Valley Mining Company is a favorite venue for weddings and other special events. There are banquet rooms with views that are absolutely breathtaking.

    Happily, you do not have to wait to be invited to a wedding to enjoy the view and the amazing food offered by Pomona Valley Mining Company. This is one of the best restaurants with a view in the San Gabriel Valley, and it is open for lunch, dinner and our extremely popular and decadent Sunday brunch.

    If you are lucky enough to live here, then you know some of the reasons that the area is so popular for tourists. The terrain encompasses desert, mountains and the nearby sea. People come from all over to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities that are available here including rock climbing, hiking, sailing and all manners of water sports. There are also a number of fabulous golf courses.

    Of course, all of that activity will make you hungry. The good news is that you don’t have to tear yourself away from the beauty of the area; you just need to choose a restaurant with a view of the San Gabriel Valley. The food at Pomona Valley Mining Company is just as special as the view.

    Brunch Items

    The Sunday brunch and this restaurant with a view in the San Gabriel Valley keeps locals coming back and is a highlight of any tourist’s time in the area. The Sunday brunch menu features dozens of items including made to order omelets, prime rib, a variety of seafood items, fresh fruit, a Mexican food station, a pasta station, pancakes, waffles and several dessert selections.

    Dinner Entrees

    The extensive dinner menu includes something for everyone. Whether you like seafood, chicken or steaks, you will find many entrees to choose from. Below are just a few examples:

    Miner’s Filly

    Thick and flavorful filet mignon with two accompanying toppings such as bearnaise sauce & crab topping, sautéed mushrooms, herb butter, and bacon wrapping.

    Sautéed Halibut

    Dredged in cajun spices or served with lemon butter.

    All of the menu items are carefully prepared by our chefs. One visit to Pomona Valley Mining Company and you will have no doubt as to why we continue to be one of the most popular restaurants with a view in the San Gabriel Valley.

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    2010 Event Highlights at Pomona Valley Mining Co

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    It was an interesting year here at Pomona Valley Mining Company. From a Halloween wedding to a Winter Wonderland-themed reception, our staff went above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every guest. Below are a few highlights from our theme events during 2010.

    Halloween Wedding

    For some, the thought of getting married on Halloween might not be very appealing. For one couple, however, there was no better day of the year to say I do. As guests entered, they saw a color scheme of purple and black accented with spider webs draped over just about every available surface. Guests were invited to be seated at the tables which were decorated with spiders and other Halloween-themed décor.

    Dinner included filet mignon, chicken and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Each of the 80 guests were invited to visit the Halloween-themed candy station – complete with foil covered eyeballs – where they could fill bags with candy as favors.

    Romance means something different to every guest, and for this couple, a spooky Halloween-themed wedding fit them perfectly!

    Casino Night

    Casino Night is always a great time for guests. One local business decided to forgo the typical holiday company party in favor of a casino night for all of their employees. The nearly 200 guests walked in to the banquet hall to see the entire room transformed into a beautiful casino. Craps, poker, and blackjack tables were placed throughout the room and guests were invited to mingle, stop at the hosted bar and visit the buffet featuring salmon, prime rib and many other yummy selections.

    As the night drew to a close, guests traded in their winnings (chips) for raffle tickets. Lucky winners walked away with flat screen televisions, Blu-ray players and other great prizes.

    Mexican Fiesta

    Another local business decided to treat its employees to a Mexican Fiesta. We were happy to accommodate their requests, including placing ice sculptures throughout the room. More than 300 guests enjoyed dinner which was our Mexican Buffet including taco salad, enchiladas, carne asada, Mexican rice and Mexican desserts.

    Entertainment included not one but two wandering Mariachi bands and the grand prize of the night was a vacation at a high end Mexican resort.

    Wedding Reception

    At Pomona Valley Mining Company, the staff usually does much of the decorating. At this reception, however, the bride had a very definite vision, and she took an active role in making it come to life. As the 350 guests walked in, they saw a gorgeous color combination of orange and chocolate brown. A decorator brought in overstuffed chairs to place around the dance floor to create a very intimate feel.

    Pomona Valley Mining Company welcomes brides who want to have decorators bring in furniture and other items in order to make their dream for their big day come true. We have worked with many local decorators and our staff takes pride in working diligently with brides, wedding planners, and decorators to make sure the bride and groom get exactly what they want.

    Winter Wonderland Reception

    This reception welcomed over 450 guests. As the guests entered the ballroom, they saw a gleaming white sled and white reindeer. Adding to the elegance of the look were dozens of white snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and accent colors of baby blue.

    Guests enjoyed the gorgeous décor while feasting on chicken and filet mignon. They also enjoyed an open bar and then danced the night away in the specially created winter wonderland.

    Pomona Valley Mining Company will work just as hard for you as we did for the guests in the above examples. Whether a holiday party, a wedding or some other event, we can bring your vision to life. Give us a call today to see how we can help you with your next event.

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    Inexpensive Wedding Favor Ideas

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When planning a wedding, there are many details to consider, and each of those details come with a price. For most brides, sticking to the wedding budget is important and finding cheap wedding favors is one way to trim the costs without sacrificing your vision for your big day. Read below for some inexpensive wedding favor ideas.


    Packets of wildflower or other seeds are a wonderful option, especially for a spring or summer wedding. You can buy the seed in bulk and then place some into small cloth pouches that can be purchased in bulk for just pennies each.

    Attach a small card and some ribbon to the pouches and then place one at each table setting. This is a cheap wedding favor that will allow your guests to have a long lasting memento of your wedding day.


    When it comes to inexpensive wedding favor ideas, candy should be at the top of the list. There are many options for these inexpensive wedding favors and it is even possible to have the candy match the color of your wedding.

    Jelly beans, Jordan almonds and M&Ms are just a few of the choices for these cheap wedding favors. For a fall wedding, candied apples are a perfect choice. You can buy the apples already made or save even more by making them yourself.

    M&Ms come in a rainbow of colors and, if you don’t mind spending a bit more, you can buy the candies personalized with your wedding date and even your picture.

    Finding inexpensive, small pouches or plastic containers for the candy favors is quite easy. Many dollar stores or mail order catalogs, such as the Oriental Trading Company, have such items for a few cents each.

    Picture Frame

    Another thoughtful, inexpensive wedding favor idea is a picture frame. Of course, not all picture frames will fit into the cheap wedding favor category, so you will have to do some shopping around to find the best deal. Dollar stores are a good place to start. Also, find some online retailers that will allow you to buy the frames in bulk.

    You can place a copy of your engagement photo in each frame or a card containing words of thanks to each of your guests for coming to support you on your wedding day.

    Place a frame at each place setting and then drape ribbons in your wedding colors over one corner to complete the look.

    Tea or Coffee

    Coffee and related wedding favors are fine for any wedding, but are especially appropriate for a fall or winter wedding. Personalized bags of coffee that feature the name of the bride and groom along with the wedding date, can be purchased for about $1.99 each at sites such as www.favorfavor.com. These coffee favors are in beautiful bags and arrive ready to go. This is a unique, inexpensive wedding favor that doesn’t require any additional work on the part of the bride.

    Do not think that favors have to cost a lot in order to be memorable. Inexpensive wedding favors, such as those listed above, can be just as thoughtful and beautiful as those that cost much more. Be creative and shop around and you’ll find cheap wedding favors that look anything but!

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    Ceremony Music – What You Need To Know

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Reception music is usually about having a good time and encouraging an energetic atmosphere. In last month’s post we gave some great guidelines to keep in mind so that everyone at your reception enjoys themselves. Ceremony music is also about setting a mood and should be selected just as carefully. Here are some thoughts to consider before selecting your ceremony music.

    Consider the Venue

    If you are getting married in a strict religious venue, you may have a somewhat more limited selection than someone who gets married in another type of wedding location. You also need to consider how sound will carry in the ceremony venue.

    You will need to be sure that the sound will carry enough to be heard by all of the guests, but that it will not be so loud as to overwhelm them. An experienced band or other musical professional will be able to help you determine how sound will carry in your selected wedding location. In the Inland Empire there are many wedding locations to select from. Be sure to choose a venue that can accommodate your ceremony music preferences.

    How Many Selections?

    Most wedding ceremonies will require several musical selections.

    This is the music that will play as guests enter the venue and are seated. Typically, this music continues until the time that the parents of the bride are seated.

    The processional is music that plays as the wedding party enters the venue. Some brides choose one song for the processional. Others choose one song that plays during most of the processional and then another song that plays when the bride enters.

    During Ceremony
    Many couples choose a special song or two to include during the ceremony. These songs can be playing during key parts of the ceremony, such as the lighting of the unity candle, or the songs can actually be a feature of the ceremony.

    This is music that will play as the bridal party exits the venue after the ceremony. Usually, this music will stop once the last member of the bridal party has exited. Then you may choose to play the prelude music again as guests exit.

    Be Yourself

    Choose music that truly reflects your personality and taste. You do not have to choose “Here Comes the Bride” for the processional. Instead, choose music that sets the mood that you want for the ceremony or that has special meaning to you.

    Out here in the Inland Empire, the Pomona Valley Mining Company is one wedding location that has years of experience helping brides make their wedding day perfect. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and assist you whenever possible so that your ceremony comes out just the way you envisioned it. If you’re hosting your wedding elsewhere, consider hiring a professional wedding band. They have years of experience and can offer sound advice on ceremony music to match your wedding.

    When choosing music for your wedding, remember, that music will help to set the tone for the entire event, so choose thoughtfully.

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    The ABC’s of Choosing Reception Music

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Choosing reception music involves more than just selecting your favorite musical style. While that is part of the process, there are some other factors that you should consider as well. Below are some tips on choosing reception music.


    When booking a wedding location in the Inland Empire, be sure to ask if there are any rules about noise restrictions. Some venues may have strict rules, while others will be more liberal about what kind – and what volume – of music will be allowed.

    Also, not every wedding reception location in the Inland Empire will be able to accommodate a full band. Asking these questions before you book the venue or the reception music will help avoid disappointment later on.


    If you are trying to stay within a budget as most brides are, when you start interviewing bands or DJs for your reception, one of the first questions that you should ask is how much they charge. There is no point in spending a lot of time listening to their music and discussing other details only to then find out that you cannot afford that particular band or DJ.

    Know your budget for this part of your wedding BEFORE you start your search.

    Be Considerate

    You might love heavy metal music cranked up just as loud as it can be, but you should be considerate of your guests when making a selection about reception music. That doesn’t mean that you cannot have the music that you love, but if your grandmother is uneasy with loud noise, you might want to consider a compromise.

    Perhaps you could have reception music that is a bit more subdued during the first half of the reception and then cut loose a bit later in the evening.

    Many wedding locations in the Inland Empire have adjoining banquet rooms. If you know that you plan to have a particularly loud band, be considerate of other parties by asking if it is possible to get a room without common walls. If that is not possible, perhaps you could place your band on a wall that is not connected to the other room.

    Hopefully, these ABCs of choosing reception music will help you choose music that you love and that will not interfere with anyone else’s good time.

    Our next post will address everything you need to know about choosing the Ceremony music. Check back in a few weeks for more helpful wedding tips from your friends at the Pomona Valley Mining Company.

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    12 Reasons to Book a Banquet Facility

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    1) Visual Effect

    If you try to recreate the beautiful rooms of most banquet facilities, it would cost a small fortune. Leave the décor to the folks who do this for a living. Choose a banquet facility and such décor won’t break your budget.

    2) Fabulous Menus

    Most banquet facilities, such as the Pomona Valley Mining Company, offer exciting menu choices with something to suit just about every taste.

    3) Helpful Staff

    When you book a banquet facility you are booking their staff as well. You will have several people whose job it is to help make your wedding or event something extra special.

    4) Table Settings

    For some brides, table settings are one of those small details that can take up more of their time than it should. Book a banquet facility, and they will give you options for some of the most beautiful table setting you’ve ever seen.

    5) No Setup

    As a bonus, you won’t have to create or set up the table settings!

    6) No Clean Up

    If you have just spent the last several months planning a wedding or other event, the last thing you want to worry about when it is over is taking out the trash. When you book a banquet facility, you can leave when you’re ready and the cleanup will be taken care of by the aforementioned helpful staff.

    7) Everyone Will Fit

    Have you ever been to a party or dinner where there wasn’t enough room for all of the guests? That’s not very impressive, right? If you book a banquet facility, they will be sure to put your party in a room or outdoor area that is perfectly suited to the size of your party.

    8) Wired for Sound

    The best toasts in the world don’t mean much if no one can hear them. Banquet facilities are wired for sound ensuring that all of the guests will be able to hear the best man talk about how awesome you are.

    9) No One Will Forget to Make the Deviled Eggs

    Sometimes, those planning a wedding or other event enlist the help of friends and family. This often results in someone forgetting (or neglecting) to bring what they promised to bring. When you book a banquet facility, no one will forget to make the deviled eggs.

    10) No Lost Deposits on Non-Returned Items

    When you book a banquet facility, you do not have to worry about counting on someone to return linens, glassware and other items on time.

    11) Cooking for 200 the Day Before Your Wedding is NOT ok

    Sometimes, the bride or party planner will try to save money by cooking simple meal themselves. When you book a banquet facility, you will not be cooking for 200 guests a few hours before you walk down the aisle.

    12) Show and Go

    When you book a banquet facility, you can just show up to the event and go home when it’s over. The staff will handle everything, allowing you to enjoy the day.

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    Tips For Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Planning a wedding is stressful. One reason is that many brides are doing this for the first time, yet they are expected to know all of the etiquette concerning every aspect of wedding planning, including the rehearsal dinner. Below are some tips to help you plan the wedding rehearsal dinner.


    While a common choice among brides is to host the rehearsal dinner at a favorite restaurant, sometimes, smaller dinner parties are forced to share a noisy restaurant with other patrons. The good news is that some banquet facilities in San Gabriel Valley, such as Pomona Valley Mining Company, are able to accommodate any size rehearsal dinner in a private setting.*

    *Smaller parties can be hosted in the semi-private Banquet rooms. While Larger parties can use a Section of the upstairs Ballroom overlooking the city.


    The type of food that you serve at your rehearsal dinner is, obviously, a matter of personal preference. If you choose a quality banquet facility in San Gabriel County, the staff will be able to help you choose a menu that is both delicious and will stay within your specified budget.

    Who to Invite?

    Who to invite to your rehearsal dinner is a question of bridal etiquette about which some brides are unclear. Typically, the couple will invite all members of the wedding party, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl, ring bearer, those doing a reading or singing and any other special helpers. If the couple knows the officiant, he or she will usually be invited as well. A general rule of thumb is that anyone who will be at the wedding rehearsal should certainly be invited to the dinner.

    The immediate family of the bride and groom are usually invited as well, even if they will not be actively participating in the wedding.

    The spouses of bridal party members and parents of any children in the wedding are also invited. Some couples also choose to invite special guests that have traveled from out of town to be at the wedding.

    What’s the Agenda?

    The agenda for the night of the rehearsal dinner includes all participants meeting at the venue for the ceremony. The officiant will run through the wedding a couple of times to make sure that things go smoothly on the big day.

    Usually, the rehearsal dinner will follow the rehearsal, but some couples choose to have dinner first.

    At the dinner, there need not be a strict agenda, but there are a few things that should be worked in at some point. The bride and groom should give their gifts to members of the bridal party. There are often toasts made to the bride and groom. Finally, the bride and groom should each take a few minutes to thank their parents and anyone else who has helped with their wedding planning.

    Who Pays?

    While the bride’s parents traditionally pay for most wedding expenses, the rehearsal dinner is one that should be picked up by the parent’s of the groom. Of course, more and more couples these days are handling the bulk of wedding expenses, including those for the rehearsal dinner, themselves.

    When you choose a banquet facility in San Gabriel Valley, the staff will be able to work with whoever is paying to be sure that the specified budget is honored.

    The most important tip about your rehearsal dinner is to make sure you sit down, eat, relax and have a good time. This is one of the most special times of your life. Enjoy!

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    Event Planning: 5 Menu Tips

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When planning a wedding, meeting, bar mitzvah or other special event, one of the most stressful – and expensive – planning details is choosing the menu. Lucky for you, there are plenty of great options for a local catering facility. The Inland Empire has more than its fair share of such venues and Pomona Valley Mining Company is one of the best.

    Below are some tips to help you select the menu for your next special event:

    1) Buffet vs. Plated

    This is a common dilemma for those putting together a menu for a special event. There are certainly benefits to both options. A plated dinner may feel a bit more formal while the buffet usually offers more choices.

    Some are surprised to learn that a buffet is often more expensive than a plated dinner, due to the amount of food served, length of time the buffet is open and the facility not having portion control. The best Inland Empire banquet facility, Pomona Valley Mining Company, offers wonderful options for both plated and buffet style menus.

    2) Special Diet Needs

    While it is not necessary to make accommodations for your guest’s likes and dislikes, it is a good idea to make arrangements for those who have strict dietary requirements, such as diabetics or those who keep kosher.

    Most facilities will allow you make arrangements for such guests with only a small additional fee.

    3) The Picky Eaters

    If you know that there are many picky eaters in the group, you might want to opt for a buffet over a plated dinner. This will allow each guest to choose exactly what goes on their plate and, hopefully, will cut down on unsatisfied guests.

    Pomona Valley Mining Company has menu options for vegetarians that can be included on a plated dinner or buffet style menu.

    4) How Many Guests?

    As mentioned above, the cost of the food is usually the most expensive portion of the event. Many of the Inland Empire banquet facilities charge a much higher price for comparable menus offered by Pomona Valley Mining Company.

    See our Shop & Compare page to see pricing on plated and buffet events from banquet halls in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire.

    5) Universally Safe Choices

    One way to handle an event menu is to make choices that are, for the most part, universally safe. These choices include foods that most people will eat. Some examples of safe food choices include potatoes, rolls, chicken, salad and steamed vegetables. Some not-so-safe choices include seafood, sushi, lamb and very spicy selections.

    Allow the staff at Pomona Valley Mining Company to help you plan the menu for your next event. They have experience working with all types of groups and can help you make choices that will be best for your budget and will leave your guests full and happy.

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    Tips for Creating a Seating Chart for Your Wedding

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    When planning a wedding, there are many small details that must be considered. One of those is the seating chart. Some brides have rather unwisely assigned this task to a bridesmaid, but it is best if the couple works together to be sure that the seating chart is done in the most beneficial way.

    Below are some tips to help you create a seating chart for your wedding:

    1) Make a Chart

    Once you have selected your venue, you can begin to create a chart of how the tables will be set up in the room. You want to include as many details as possible. For example, you will want to note where the kitchen door and restrooms are located. Also, if you are having a wedding reception with panoramic views, you will want to note from which tables guests will have the best views.

    All of these details should be considered when deciding who will sit where.

    2) Guest Comfort

    While it will take a bit of extra work to make this happen, the comfort of your guests should be considered when making the seating chart. For example, that means if an older guest has trouble walking, he or she should be placed closer to the restrooms.

    It also means that you will have to consider who is sitting near each other. Obviously, if Aunt Sally is not speaking to Cousin Jane you should not seat them next to each other, but there are other things to consider as well.

    For example, it is better for your guests if they are seated at a table at which they know at least one other person. While you should avoid seating entire families together, it is best not to create a table full of complete strangers. Mix it up, but make sure everyone has at least one familiar face at their table.

    3) Premium Seating

    No, there is not really a name given to the best seats at a wedding, but they do exist and everyone knows it. The proximity to the bride and groom is the most obvious example. The tables immediately in front of or next to the head table should be reserved for close family and very close friends.

    A wedding reception with a panoramic view will bring its own seating chart criteria. You will want the guests who are most important to you to have the best views. Pomona Valley Mining Company is a wedding venue with a view in San Gabriel Valley.

    This venue provides views from every table. This rustic yet elegant venue provides wonderful views that overlook the Pomona Valley. Walls of windows ensure that every guest is able to enjoy the view, so the issue is more about who will be seated closest to the windows with the best of the views.

    4) Children

    If you are having children at your wedding, special thought concerning the seating chart will need to be given to them. If you have several children attending, consider having a children’s corner. This table could be a bit out of the way, but also in a location where parents can keep an eye on their children easily.

    You will also want to be very sure that you know the ages of the children and seat them accordingly. You should not seat a 12-year-old at a table full of 5-year-olds.

    At a wedding reception with panoramic views, consider setting up a play station in front of a set of windows. Activities such as simple crafts and coloring will help keep the children busy.

    5) No Singles Table

    Yes, it is fun to try and fix up your single friends at your wedding. It is not, however, fun for them if you have tables that are exclusively single. That is embarrassing for all involved. Instead, have the single guests mixed in with couples and families.

    Making a seating chart is not the most romantic of wedding related tasks, but doing so will ensure that all of your guests have a good seat at your wedding venue with a view in San Gabriel Valley.

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    Frequent Wedding Complaints and Solutions

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Some frequent complaints from guests at weddings include:

    • Long waits at the reception site prior to the bride and groom arrival
    • The food is unmemorable
    • The reception facility is uncomfortable
    • The entertainment is lacking

    One way to avoid unsatisfied guests is by hosting your wedding and reception at the same facility. It means that your guests will not have to wait long for the bridal party arrival. At Pomona Valley Mining Co, the fantastic views of San Gabriel Valley in the comfortable banquet rooms will keep guests mesmerized and entertained throughout the evening. No one can ever get enough of such breath taking panorama.

    Taste the food you’ll be having at the reception. Many facilities have bridal events where you can sample food, drinks and tour the facilities in advance. Combine a unique environment with great food and your guests are guaranteed a memorable occasion.

    Book a facility that has a staff dedicated to making the arrangements just the way you want them. For example, at Pomona Valley Mining Company, the staff ensure that all the arrangements and services are offered with professionalism and needle-point precision. A good facility will never allow your reception to feel “uncomfortable” in any way.

    Make sure that the facility works with or can recommend the best DJs, wedding bands, florists, bakeries, and ballroom decorators in the area. This collaborative nucleus of experts is one way to ensure you have an unforgettable time.

    So regardless of where you live, use these tips to prevent guests from complaining at your wedding. Give them an enthusiastic entertainment, a well-decorated facility and great food! If you happen to live in California and have never been part of the magic of a wedding venue with a view in San Gabriel Valley, it’s about time you started planning!

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    Our Restaurant

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    If you are looking for an exquisite place that will give you the true feeling of relaxation or give you an authentic holiday treat with the utmost value for your money, then look no farther; the restaurant with a view of San Gabriel Valley will give you all that and much more.

    Upon entering the premises of this stupendously-designed haven, you will be met by altruistic staff ready to guide you and provide you with top notch services. And, needless to say it is the cool, breezy atmosphere that will usher you into the perfect mood to have the time of your life.

    This pleasant restaurant with a view of San Gabriel Valley also boasts a wide array of menus to choose from. The company has gone the extra mile to hire the best chefs who always ensure that whatever they cook is nothing short of sumptuous, tasty and top quality! The options here range from simple dishes and drinks to complex meals that will give your taste-buds something to remember. And the allure does not stop at that; your choice of food can be customized based on your preferences. So do not feel limited in trying personalized combinations, your satisfaction is a priority!

    The greatest attractions to this restaurant at Pomona Valley Mining Company that give it a revered status are:

    • The glamorous view of the great San Gabriel Valley
    • Snake-eye salon which offers a great place for drinking and having a good view of the rich surroundings
    • The authentic artifacts together with current decorations that illuminate the interior walls of the restaurant
    • The dinner and dancing tradition which mostly occurs on Fridays and Saturdays

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    How To Plan A Memorial Reception

    October 31, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Not everyone knows how to plan a memorial reception or what the first steps are. Planning a memorial reception can be very difficult. A memorial reception is both an event to grieve and remember the happy, joyous moments from the life of the deceased. If you’re looking for a memorial reception site in the Inland Empire, you may find several choices and locations. To help make your preparation go more smoothly, we’ve put together some guidelines and tips:

    • Plan for uninvited guests – often times many acquaintances and former friends of the deceased show up unexpectedly at the memorial reception, and the facility should be prepared to accommodate them.

    • On-site catering should be provided as an option to eliminate the extra hassle of having to find off-site catering for the reception.

    • Decor should be conservative but also memorable – your guests will want a peaceful but nicely-designed atmosphere.

    • Staff should be courteous, professional, and respectful to all guests.

    Your choice of facility for a memorial reception hall in the Inland Empire should have these services and features for the best experience of all attendees.

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    Best San Gabriel Valley Wedding Venue Features

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    The San Gabriel Valley is known for its warm, temperate climate and scenic views of the San Gabriel mountains in close proximity. It is the ideal location for a wedding and reception.

    If you are looking to host a wedding or reception with a view in the San Gabriel Valley, there are numerous facilities that you can choose from. Narrowing down your choice can be tricky, but familiarizing yourself with some popular features to look for will prove helpful.

    • Wedding facilities that hold the wedding and reception at the same or nearby location
    • Nearby parking that can accommodate a large number of guests
    • A facility that is accessible, well-decorated, and comfortable for guests
    • A location that is able to demonstrate the vast beauty of the San Gabriel Valley through panoramic views

    A wedding with a view in the San Gabriel Valley is a great idea because of the scenic location. The best venues use the natural beauty of the outdoors as a backdrop for many of their banquet rooms.

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    Conferences in Pomona

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Pomona is one of the fastest growing communities around Los Angeles. The natural beauty of suburban Southern California and proximity of Pomona to Los Angeles make it an increasingly popular city for conferences.

    Pomona has a number of choices for conference venues. However, few of them offer the features and uniqueness of Pomona Valley Mining Company. Some of these unique features include:

    • Unique decor reminiscent of the old West that is visually appealing to visitors
    • An enjoyable relaxed atmosphere that makes guests feel like they are at home
    • Conference rooms featuring natural lighting
    • On-site catering with a delicious and versatile banquet menu
    • Large reception halls that can accommodate larger groups
    • A seasonal holiday menu that offers unique holiday-themed choices

    Ultimately, your choice of a conference venue should be one that offers several benefits and be versatile enough to adjust to your unique requirements. With its features and service, Pomona Valley Mining Company is a great destination for your guests and a top choice for your next conference.

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    Ideal for Group Events

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    Pomona Mining Valley Company welcomes you to their establishment for all your group catering needs. Situated on the hills of Pomona, the place offers a beautiful view of the Pomona Valley while retaining the old magic of yesteryears.

    This beautiful and expansive area gives you a wonderful view of the surrounding area and boasts the best banquet facility San Gabriel Valley has ever experienced. The large ballroom in the Inland Empire ensures that you will have available space to house all your guests for whatever function you may have in mind.

    Just a few of the features that make this spot ideal for all your group needs include:

    Ballrooms – The largest ballroom is able to host up to five hundred of your guests so you never have to shorten the list. In total, six reception halls are able to accommodate numbers from as few as 20 to 500. Thus, you can have what fits your needs.
    Creative Character – The Pomona Valley Mining Company is built along the rustic lines of the old gold mining facilities. The ambience and atmosphere derived from these facilities means the décor is enhanced for your event.
    Banquet Menu – Provided here is an array of sumptuous delights to fit varying palettes and occasions.

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    Wedding Packages

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    The Pomona Mining Valley Company offers different packages to suit the needs of its clientele. Top on that list and coming very highly rated is the wedding experience. Catering to the needs of the wedding party, the place is perfect and gives you a wedding with a view of San Gabriel valley.

    The packages include events like the rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception and gazebo ceremonies. The whole experience is catered for from the floral arrangements to the music, cake and linen. The bottom line is that guests are offered services beyond their expectations for their dream day.

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    San Gabriel Valley Sunday Brunch

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    A hidden gem in San Gabriel Valley is the fantastic Sunday brunch with a view at Pomona Valley Mining Co. The staff pull out all the stops with this mouth-watering array of delicacies offered every Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

    This could serve as a welcome stop for the family and friends to spend a quiet weekend bonding. At the end of the day, Pomona valley Mining Company offers you the very best that will keep you coming back often.

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    A Memorable Dining Experience

    October 30, 2012 | Posted By: | blog |

    If you are looking for a unique dining experience then the Pomona Valley Mining Company restaurant offers you a wonderful starting point. Here, amongst the relics of a time gone by, you can wine and dine to the very highest contemporary standards.

    Mixing the old with the new gives the restaurant an amazing ambience as one dines to a menu prepared to whet your appetite. This is magnified by the restaurant’s view of San Gabriel Valley from every table. In short, your dining experience will be memorable!

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