Where To Get Married: Hidden Wedding Venues in Los Angeles



Today’s brides are so savvy, and often thinking outside of the box on every aspect of their wedding, including where to get married.  Below you will find a list of unique wedding venues that will host your wedding in a very unconventional way. Hopefully you will find one of these places for wedding receptions is perfect for you.


The Smog Shoppe is probably the most unconventional and unique location for you not so run-of-the-mill kind of bride.  This location has been converted from an old smog shop into a rustic and swanky venue to host your wedding.  And if you are looking for an eco-friendly venue the Smog Shoppe top rated sustainably designed urban space in the U.S.

For more information: http://www.miguelnelson.com/smogshoppe.html


Dodger Stadium is a home run for any couple that is a die-hard Dodger fan. This unique venue allows for a couple to say their “I do’s” right on home plate.   No guest can deny the feeling of being a part of legacy of the LA Dodgers when attending your True Blue wedding.

For more information:   http://www.levyrestaurants.com/venues/dodger-stadium


Special Note:  I have a particular fondness for this venue because two of my favorite and incredibly talented people, Holly Steen {bride/photographer} and Becca Rillo {photographer} were featured in this issue of Style Me Pretty wedding blog: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/12/16/dodgers-stadium-wedding-and-first-look-photo-shoot/


LA Live is a chic and sophisticated location in the heart of downtown LA.  The glitz and glimmer of having your wedding in this location will wow your guests and leaving them feeling like they attended one of LA’s most exclusive weddings. 

For more information: http://www.lalivemarriott.com/LA-Live-Meetings-Events/Weddings-34.html


Peterson Automotive Museum is a location for couples that are car enthusiasts will drool over.  It offers a stunning rooftop view for guest to enjoy while witnessing the bride and groom say their vows.  The richly decorated detail of the venue is dramatic, entertaining, and exciting all wrapped up in a perfectly neat package that everyone would enjoy!

For more information: http://www.petersen.org/ 


Calamigos Ranch  offers both a whimsical and fun experience for both you and your guests.  There are four different locations within the ranch that can host your wedding that the possibilities are endless!

For more information:  http://www.calamigos.com/weddings.html


Nixon Library is most exclusive because it has the only replica of the White House East Wing. The rose garden is impeccably maintained to perfection. For those of you who dreamed of having a wedding that is unparalleled this location should definitely be at the top of your list.

For more information: http://specialevents.nixonfoundation.org/weddings/


The El Rey was converted from a movie house for 50 years and is now one of LA’s historic landmarks.  It offers an art deco feel throughout and is perfect for unconventional couples that enjoy entertaining their guests. 

For more info: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/catering-events/locations/los-angeles/el-rey-theatre


Carondelet House is stunning with beautiful textures and natural lighting. It was built as an Italian Villa with an urban feel.  This location has so much character from the architecture to the design that makes it a charming location for your wedding.

For more information:  http://www.carondelethouse.com/


Huron Substation is the second oldest surviving substation in Los Angeles.  The architecture and rustic feel, has been featured in countless movies and has been featured in some of LA’s top magazines.  You must visit this location and let your creativity unleash to create your dream wedding. 

For more info: http://www.huronsubstation.com/Weddings_%26_Events.html


Vibiana was rescued and restored as a historic landmark.  It originated as an Italian cathedral in Los Angeles built over 100 years ago. After the Northridge quake it was renovated by developers and reinvented to host special events with luxury and chic appeal.

For more information:  http://www.vibianala.com/gallery.html


The Majestic Halls formerly house the corporate headquarters of Bank of America.  This historic location is truly a masterpiece and can accommodate a large number of guests. It is located in the heart of downtown LA making it easily accessible for your guests.

For more information: http://www.majestichalls.com/Gallery.html


Disney Concert Hall  is absolutely breathtaking.  The architecture on the outside of the building is only a brief glimpse of the beauty inside.  For couples who are looking for timeless, classic inspiring beauty, this venue is not to be overlooked.

For more information: http://www.herecomestheguide.com/southern-california/wedding-venues/walt-disney-concert-hall/



Catalina Island  offers brides the unique opportunity to brag about getting married on an island without actually having all of her guests fly to this location.  Who wouldn’t love this quick romantic boat ride over the Pacific Ocean to an island?

For more information:  http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/Weddings.php


Long Beach Aquarium is a fun and colorful location to host your wedding.  What guest could resist the enticing shark lagoon to keep them entertained while you and your groom take your newlywed photos.

For more information:http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/specialevents/weddings/


If you are planning your wedding at a unique wedding venue that didn’t make it to this list, please share! I’d love to hear some super exclusive and/or unique locations!







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