From sandy beaches to downtown rooftops

Wayfarers Chapel

By Elizabeth Daniels

Thanks to LA’s (almost) always sunny skies and plethora of picturesque places, tying the knot here against a beautiful backdrop is possible with any budget. There’s something for everyone, including sandy beaches, rolling vineyards, and architectural masterpieces—including the all-glass church designed by Lloyd Wright. See our 25 favorite picks below in roughly west to east order.

Know of one that we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

1 Saddlerock Ranch

Whether it’s the 1,000 rolling acres of vines, a garden with a 250-year-old willow tree, the fully-restored Airstreams and vintage cars, or the natural rock formations in the distance, this scenic (and celebrity-faved) Malibu wonderland’s unique wedding-ready locations will no doubt impress your guests. Capacity: 100 to 500. Pricing: Upon request.

Saddlerock Ranch

31727 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA

(818) 889-0008


2 Calamigos Ranch

Nestled in the heart of Malibu Wine Country, Calamigos Ranch has four unique “rooms,” including the rustic Redwood Room surrounded by oak and eucalyptus trees and The Pavilion lawn, where Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul had a ferris wheel for his wedding. Capacity: 75 to 500. Starting price: $134 and up per person.

True Photography Weddings

327 Latigo Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

(818) 889-6280


3 Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center & Community Garden

Surrounded by a rose garden, shade-covered lawns, a gazebo, and more, this city-owned 1920s-built vacation home of pioneering petroleum geologist William S. Orcutt offers plenty of al fresco photo ops for historic landmark devotees. Capacity: 175. Starting prices: $780 for the first 3 hours Monday through Thursday; $1820 for the first 6 hours Friday through Sunday, holidays, and days prior to holidays.

Laurie Avocado

23600 Roscoe Blvd
West Hills, CA 91304

(818) 346-7449


4 Inn of the Seventh Ray

An escape nestled in bohemian Topanga Canyon, this creekside eatery and special events space offers nature-loving eye candy. Capacity: 250. Starting price: $2,000 for ceremony only, $200 to $450 plus $100 per person for ceremony and reception.

Inn of the Seventh Ray

128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd
Topanga, CA

(310) 455-1311


5 Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

As the only two-story ballroom on the Westside, this Classic Revival landmark promises an upstairs balcony with views of the dance floor below, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a lounge that doubles as a bridal dressing room. Capacity: 180. Starting price: Upon request.

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

1210 4th St
Santa Monica, CA

(310) 395-1308


6 Santa Monica State Beach

Unlike the City of Los Angeles, Santa Monica doesn’t require a permit for a wedding on the beach (or at Palisades Park). But, your entire party must be under 150 and spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Of course, there are rules to follow and items that you can bring (tables, chairs, small archways, canopies under 400 square feet, to name a few) and cannot bring (tents with side panels, generators, cooking equipment). Capacity: 150. Starting price: Free.

1432 Palisades Beach Rd
Santa Monica, CA

(818) 880-0363


7 Greystone Mansion & Park

Greystone Mansion (not to be confused with La Cienega nightclub Greystone Manor), features 18.3 acres of picturesque charm, including breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Bay and the LA Basin. Besides strolling the garden, guests can explore the 46,000-square-foot mansion’s first floor, which is an experience in itself. Capacity: 300 (indoor seated) to 400 (outdoor theatre-style). Starting price for 200 guests: $2,300 (ceremony only), $5,400 for grounds only, $8,600 for mansion and terrace, $15,500 for grounds and mansion; plus refundable $1,000 surety deposit.

Friends of Greystone

905 Loma Vista Dr
Beverly Hills, CA

(310) 285-6830


8 Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

What better way to celebrate your love than by being surrounded by family, friends, and 360-degree views of Los Angeles? Provided that your nuptials fall a clear day, guests will enjoy sights from Downtown’s skyline and the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Bonus: For those on a pre-wedding fitness regimen, the sweat-inducing stairs will certainly help whip you or your S.O. into shape. Capacity: 120 for the Overlook and Pavilion, 200 for the Skyline Terrace. Starting price: $2,000.

Ahlin PhotographyCalifornia State Parks

6300 Hetzler Rd
Culver City, CA

(323) 441-9183


9 Wayfarers Chapel

If your idea of tying the knot involves panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a Lloyd Wright-designed “glass sanctuary [that’s] nestled in a grove of towering by redwood trees,” this Swedenborgian Church—which welcomes couples of any faith — is The One. Plenty of indoor greenery, a rose garden, and perfectly landscaped greens complete your photo-worthy nuptials. Capacity: 100. Starting price: $1,500.

Wayfarers ChapelAmy Theilig

5755 Palos Verdes Dr S
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

(310) 377-1650


10 Smog Shoppe

There are plenty of succulents-filled outdoor spaces in LA, but this smog check station-turned-event venue is also eco-friendly. The 6,500-square-foot Culver City spot is 100 percent solar-powered. It’s also decked out with vertical gardens and vintage decor. Capacity: 175 seated guests. Starting prices: $5,340 (75 guests Mondays through Thursdays) to $10,200 (175 guests on Saturdays) plus security deposit ($2,000 to $3,000).

Smog Shoppe

2651 S LA Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

(310) 837-3610


11 Wattles Mansion

An example of the Hollywood estates that served as winter homes for deep-pocketed Midwesterners and East Coasters before the film industry laid down its roots, this Mission Revival manse offers a formal Spanish garden, an Italian Rose garden, a Japanese garden, orchards, and a palm tree-lined court. Capacity: 150. Starting price: $3,000.

1824 N Curson Ave
Hollywood Hills, CA

(323) 969-9106


12 The Ebell of Los Angeles

Rich with LA philanthropic history (it hosts the women-founded Ebell Club’s activities), this architectural masterpiece houses two ballrooms, an art salon, and a gorgeous courtyard garden. In addition to stunning Italian Renaissance-inspired scenery, expect a menu of seasonal California fare. Note that the 1,270-seat Broadway-style theater next door (which is a separate property) is also available. Capacity: 150 (seated) to 1,300 (standing). Pricing: Upon request.

743 S Lucerne Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

(323) 931-1277



13 The Lombardi House

One of Hollywood’s oldest homes, this 1904-built Victorian-inspired farmhouse is surrounded by well-manicured gardens and fruit trees. On-site suites make it convenient to accommodate the to-be-wed couple and out-of-town guests. Capacity: 250. Starting price: $5,000.

Lombardi HouseZeke Ruelas

1717 N Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA

(844) 544-6873


14 Sowden House

Built in 1926 by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright for photographer John Sowden, the neo-Mayan mansion in Los Feliz offers 6,000 square feet of unique decor. Highlights of the indoor/outdoor space include an interior courtyard, a koi pond, a succulent garden, flowering vines and a curation of contemporary art. Capacity: 60 (seated) to 150 (standing). Starting price: about $5,000.

Troy Gregory

5121 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA


15 Angels Gate Park

Featuring gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and an expansive green lawn, this picturesque San Pedro spot owned by the city is also home to Fort MacArthur Museum and the Korean Bell of Friendship. Capacity: 150. Starting price: $566 including $100 refundable cleaning deposit.

Dept. of Recreation and Parks

3601 S Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA

(310) 548-7705


16 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

How rad would it be to say you had your wedding at the Natural History Museum? In addition to the well-booked Grand Foyer, spaces for rent include the African Mammal Hall, the North American Mammal Hall, and the historic Rotunda. Capacity: 250. Starting price: $8,500 for one space from 6 to 11pm.

Chloe + MintCarissa Woo Photography

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 763-3466


17 Carondelet House

This Italian-inspired, urban villa is known for its natural light, unique interiors (like exposed brick walls and high beamed ceilings), and charming courtyards. A baby grand piano, reclaimed wood tables, and European bistro chairs (all included with the rental) all create a romantic finishing touch for any design-appreciating party Capacity: 150 (seated) to 300 (standing). Starting price: approx. $6,000 (with in-house catering) for 10 hours.

Carondelet House

627 S Carondelet St
Los Angeles, CA

(323) 466-1835


18 Jonathan Club

This private social club in the heart of DTLA features European Renaissance décor that’s ideal for fans of flash. At night, the rooftop and terrace offer a dreamy view of the city’s skyline. This members-only location is super tight-lipped about pricing, so call for details.

Jonathan Club

545 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 624-0881


19 Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The cool hotel has several stylish spaces to choose from for couples in love with Spanish Revival architecture and Hollywood history, including the breathtaking United Artists Theater and second-floor Segovia Hall event space. Ace Hotel also offers elopement packages for those spontaneous lovebirds. Capacity: 140 (seated) to 500 (standing). Starting price: $1,500.

929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 623-3233


20 LA Athletic Club

Designed by iconic architect John Parkinson, the LAAC houses a host of picturesque spaces for weddings. Just a few options include the private rooftop with Downtown views and the ballroom with crystal chandeliers and intricate woodwork. Capacity: 150 (indoors seated) to 250 (outdoors seated) for ceremony, 450 (seated) to 800 (standing) for indoor reception. Starting price: $4,000 plus $110 and up per person for catering.

LA Athletic Club

431 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 630-5287


21 Vibiana Cathedral

Tucked away in Historic Core is Los Angeles’ first Archdiocese Catholic cathedral, which now hosts weddings in its 350,000-square-foot space and lush outdoor gardens. This over-140-year-old gem is equipped with Baroque-inspired interiors, a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and fare by Jonathan Gold-approved chef Neal Fraser. Capacity: 300 to 789 (reception) and 400 to 550 (ceremony). Starting price: $6,000 to 10,000 plus $170 and up per person for catering.


214 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 626-1507


22 Union Station

If you’re looking to get hitched in a quintessential LA landmark, this is your place. Built in 1939, the DTLA train station’s Spanish Revival architecture and 50-foot cathedral ceilings will keep your guests marveling. Capacity: 300 (seated) to 700 (standing) for South Patio, 500 (seated) to 1,000 (standing) for Main Concourse. Starting price: $6,000 for South Patio, $9,000 for Main Concourse; additional details here.

Ron Reiring

800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA




23 Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

Located just over the Los Angeles River, this hidden gem features greenery, botany and, above all, privacy. The money shot is the main courtyard’s three-tiered fountain nestled in the center of a reflecting pool; there’s also the California building and the San Fernando courtyard where a “magnificent old ficus tree” offers shade and “quiet dignity.” Main courtyard capacity: 300 (seated) to 800 (standing) to 600 (reception). Starting price: $7,000 for 150 people including security deposit.

570 W Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA

(323) 221-8900


24 Heritage Square Museum

Home to a handful of pristinely preserved historic abodes that date back to the Southern California Land Boom, this museum is for architecture aficionados who’ve dreamed of getting wed amidst classic Greek Revival Italianate design. Capacity: 350 outdoors, 35 indoors. Pricing: $1,500 (50 guests or fewer) to $6,500 (301 to 350 guests) plus security deposit of $500 to $2,500.

Isaiah + Taylor

3800 Homer St
Los Angeles, CA

(323) 225-2700


25 Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

A popular spot for engagement photos, this Pasadena garden features a teahouse, a 15-foot waterfall, and lush ponds. According to the venue’s website, the strollable al fresco space is also the “only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.” Capacity: 200. Starting price: approx. $1,500 for ceremony only, $3,000 for reception only, $3,500 for ceremony and reception.

270 Arlington Dr
Pasadena, CA

(626) 399-1721

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