Are you tired of banquet halls and find that traditional weddings are not your style? Are you an outside-of-the-box couple? Don’t fret, Los Angeles is full of unique locations ready to fit your savvy personality! Below is our list of non-traditional wedding venues that will make your event fun and memorable.
Make your wedding an adventure at the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard. Have your ceremony on the upstairs patio with the LA skyline on one side, and the museum’s botanical courtyard on the other. Take photos near the tar pits, or the dramatic LACMA sculpures located next door. Then dine and dance inside the museum next to the saber tooth tigers and dinosaur bones. You’ll have a mammoth of a time! (Capacity: please inquire with venue).
This rustic outdoor location is going to woo you with its one-of-a-kind vintage beauty. Born out of a love for Americana, the ranch features a panoramic vista point, a small wrecking yard with retired cars, a modern gas station, a 50’s diner, a garage of gadgets, and my favorite – a vintage Gilmore gas station. Imagine it: a sunset ceremony overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains, portraits in the car graveyard, and a first dance under the neon lights and stars. (Capacity: please inquire with venue).
If you’re looking for a whimsical location, consider Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. With romantic pavilions, natural waterfalls, and 100-year-old oak trees, you’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a fantasy land. With four ceremony and reception locations, the ranch is a magical space for an enchanting wedding. (Capacity approx. 75 – 500 guests).
Northeast of downtown you’ll find a sprawling promenade of Victorian mansions. The Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum with eight magnificent homes (and a church!) all laid out in a dazzling array of colors (yellow, seafoam, pink, and more!). If you’re going for vintage wedding flair, you can’t beat this location! Click to see our feature of this location. (Capacity approx. 50 – 500 guests).
The revived Huron railway substation is the second oldest surviving substation in Los Angeles. Converted into an event space, this venue offers a linked indoor/outdoor location with a unique antiquarian style. The substation includes a dramatic wood stairway that’s great for a grand entrance, as well as a second balcony, and dazzling circular chandelier. (Capacity approx. 125 guests).
Hidden in Culver City’s art’s district you’ll find the rustic and swanky Smog Shoppe. The space is equipped with an urban garden patio for your ceremony, and unique and colorful rooms for your reception (think blue bricks and colorful sofas). Both eclectic and stylish, this venue is perfect for an artistic wedding with chic-Hollywood written all over it. (Capacity approx. 175 guests).
Say “I do” over home plate for a home-run of a wedding. Yup, it’s true, you can get married at Dodgers stadium … out on the green or in one of their dugout clubs. This location is great for the true-blue Dodgers fan, or anyone who’d love to marry their perfect catch out on the field! (Indoor capacity approx. 50 – 200 guests. Outdoor capacity aprox. 200 – 1000).
Lions, and tigers, and weddings, oh my! For the animal lover, or the couple that wants a little jungle flair, plan your ceremony or reception at the Los Angeles Zoo. It’ll be a roaring-good time. (Capacity approx. 50 – 700 guests).
For a little old world style and sophistication, consider The Edison in downtown LA. A steampunk wedding would be set perfectly (albeit ironically) against the Edison’s blend of science, art, and industry. Imagine room after room filled with leather couches, light bulb chandeliers, velvet curtains, and generators. (Capacity approx. 100 + guests. Please check with venue for capacity limits).
A mile west of downtown, you’ll find the romantic and sophisticated Carondelet House. Built in the style of an Italian Villa, this venue includes two outdoor courtyards, and an exposed red-brick indoor space. Reclaimed wood tables come with the rental, along with distressed oak cafe chairs. Urban and sophisticated, this location is perfect for a glamorous vintage wedding. (Capacity approx. 150 guests).
The Marvimon House, located in downtown, stylishly mixes a re-purposed warehouse with a breezy urban garden. The renovated space has brick walls and wood beams, decorated with brightly painted surfaces and glass lamps. Not to mention the gorgeous green and white tile floor that looks like a whirlpool in the back garden. If you’re having a hip and rustic wedding, consider this venue. (Capacity approx. 150-175 guests).
With art deco detailing and red carpet galore, the El Ray Theater is a stylish way to throw a rock star wedding. Located on the historic Miracle Mile, the El Ray offers state of the art lighting and sound systems. Looking for grandeur and pizzazz? This could be your dream wedding location. (Capacity: please inquire with venue).
For the movie lover, plan an intimate wedding using the theater and Spanish-garden patio at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue. You can show your own short film, sing karaoke, have your names put up on the marquee, and walk down the red carpet! (Capacity approx. 50-100 guests).
Show off your love of books by hosting your wedding at the Last Bookstore in downtown, Los Angeles. This unique venue includes dramatic book sculptures, high ceilings, and plenty of book shelves to hide behind for a romantic kiss. Start your love story next to the great adventures of literature! (Capacity approx. 200 guests).
There’s nothing fishy about getting married at the Long Beach Aquarium. It’s breathtaking to have your ceremony in front of the three-story Blue Cavern exhibit, or try an outdoor affair in the Shark Lagoon. Plus, very little decorating is needed when you have hundreds of colorful fish as your backdrop, no? The aquarium makes for an unforgettable and magical event. (Capacity: please inquire with venue).
Have a luxury event alongside the Petersen Automotive Museum’s multi-million dollar collection of cars. The museum has multiple wedding spaces, from a grand indoor pavilion, to a 1930’s downtown street setting. Or plan your event on the rooftop with panoramic views of the whole city! This will be a wedding worth revving your engine for. (Capacity approx. 100 – 800 guests).
Whimsic Alley on Wilshire Boulevard will delight the child in all of us. It’s a geek-topia toy store in the front, but has a Harry Potter inspired event space in the back (yes, with floating candles and all!). If you’re thinking of having a Game of Thrones or Doctor Who themed wedding, or you just want to get your geek on, this is the space for you! (Capacity: please inquire with venue).