You’ve found the guy, you have the ring, you’re deeply in love… now there’s just one last thing to do-find that perfect wedding venue.
Los Angeles has an abundance of wedding venues, but which one is right for you and your dream wedding? Something with architectural bragging rights, a historical building, wide open garden spaces or an unconventional venue? No matter your preference, the City of Angels has the wedding venue you’ve been seeking.
I was lucky enough to locate the venue for my 2009 wedding in just under a week. We were wed at the Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, CA, the venue was spectacular, but it’s in San Diego County, so you won’t find it on this list. When myself and my then fiancee stepped foot onto the ground’s we knew right away this is where we’d be getting married. From that point on we knew the search for that perfect venue was over.
I hope that moment happens for you too and to help we’ve collected 12 of the most amazing wedding venues that should inspire just about every type of bride.
List starts after the jump!
For fans of Downton Abbey we’ve found an Italian Villa built in 1928 that offers many European amenities including country chic tables, European café chairs, French round side chairs and a Chesterfield tufted leather seating surrounding the fireplace. Yes, we know Downton Abbey takes place in England, but this property could be a modern Italian Yorkshire with its high exposed beam ceilings, exposed brick walls and two exterior courtyards. With plenty of spaces to give the bride ample room to breath, this may be your chance to be Lady Mary Crawley for the day.
The Smog Shoppe
Brides with a love for the vintage inspired facet of life should consider booking the Smog Shoppe for their nuptials. The unconventional and unique unite at one of the top sustainably urban spaces in the United States. Brides will be surrounded by 6,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor desert plants, vertical gardens and vintage furnishings. This venue is becoming one of the most sought over wedding locations in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles’ second oldest surviving substation has been featured in films such as “Date Night” and “Must Love Dogs” and in print in GQ magazine and The Los Angeles Times. Built in 1906, this media haven could be yours for the taking. Your ceremony will take place just outside the building’s large barn doors in the garden where you’ll be draped by willowly trees. The reception to follow will be held through those barn doors and into an expansive exposed brick room with an upper tier for guests’ to look down and marvel the East Coast architecture below.
Park Plaza Hotel
Gotham City meets a venue with a ballroom for just about every type of bride. Try the Grand Ballroom with its twin colonnades that extend the length of the room or the Bronze Ballroom with the adjoining Tuscan Patio. This location is nothing short of legendary and you will have many luxurious and glamorous options at your fingertips.
Heritage Square Museum
With wedding packages starting at $1,000 brides will be surrounded by stunning architecture and gardens for a price that won’t break the honeymoon budget. Intimate weddings could be held inside the largest home on the property, the Perry Mansion. Built in 1876, this Mansion is characterized by hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and an outward sweeping entrance stairway. They’ll also stage outdoor weddings among their 19th century historic home neighborhood.
Middle Ranch Lodge
Situated on a 650-acre horse ranch and dotted with Live Oak and Redwood trees is a location offering country elegance. Surrounded by the National Forest on three sides, this venue is for the bride who wants her wedding to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday Los Angeles. The Lodge’s frown lawns offer the perfect rural ceremony site, while inside offers guests the feel of a rented house far away from home.
Since 1947, Calamigos Ranch has offered up its 130 acres of Malibu Wine Country for brides who wish to wed in grand country wedding fashion. The ranch is comprised of four unique locations that can accommodate between 75 and 500 guests. Take the Pavillion at North Point where 500 of your closest friends will watch you and your groom recite your vows under the 100 year old Oak tree. After you’re officially Mr. and Mrs., you’ll walk arm in arm with your groom along a sycamore lined pathway illuminated by candles. Finish off the night with dancing and dining in the ground’s Pavillion as you overlook the meadows and vineyard from your grand white tent.
Located in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles is a wedding venue rich with history and charm. Brides will have 35,000 square feet of the former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana at their disposal. Old Hollywood Charm is clearly present here with this venue dripping in luxury and grace. The lighting here available for weddings is spectacular on its own, it’s enough to make you feel like you’re underground in a super exclusive ballroom.
This 160-acre public garden offers seven garden venues that will please just about any bride. The bride who favors an intimate affair can select the Japanese Garden, while the over-the-top bride can opt for the Boddy House. The Boddy House resembles a Southern country manor complete a modern day built-in stereo music system.
Built in 1928, the Oviatt Penthouse is a historical Art Deco venue that radiates Old Hollywood style. The venue possesses quite the character with its three-faced clock tower, black and white checked dance floor and 360-degree views of the downtown L.A. skyline. Guests will have three exquisite spaces to enjoy that skyline- the penthouse, outdoor rooftop and upper lounge.
The Langham Huntington Hotel
This luxury Pasadena hotel offers brides 23 acres of cultivated gardens and three historic ballrooms. The set for Charlie Wilson’s War, the Georgian Ballroom is adorned with stained glass windows and gold-gilded vaulted ceilings. Then there’s the Horseshoe Garden where you can make your grand entrance in a horse-drawn carriage or glide down the stone staircase to your guests. No matter which space you choose, your wedding day here will be luxurious and tailored to you by the Langham’s wedding team.
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach offers fantasy Santa Monica weddings with six unique venues. Shutters prides themselves in not offering that boring ballroom, but instead a 2015 Extraordinary Weddings package at either the Grand Salon or Hotel Casa Del Mar Colannade Ballroom with a customized wedding cake and a 1-bedroom suite for the night of. Visit their website to see what type of magical beach wedding could be created for you.
Los Angeles’s most authentic castle offers a magical experience for brides and guests alike. East of Calabasas brides will have their own private medieval-inspired harbor and a venue that will be a photographer’s dream. That means your photos will be dreamy and plenty share worthy!
Did you get married in Los Angeles? How was your experience? What venue did you choose? Let us know in the comments below!