We put together a series on affordable wedding venues for the budget-conscious couple—from San Francisco to New York City and a few cities in between.
Los Angeles is not typically synonymous with affordability, but for couples in the know, LA can be a fabulous wedding destination that won’t require you to spend the equivalent of a down payment on a home. The following venues are not only cost-efficient but include some of the chicest, most romantic, and whimsical locations in the City of Angels.
Your wedding will be filled with Zen-vibes in this outdoor venue, which is also known as Seiryu-en, meaning “Garden of the Clear Stream.” This space features a large variety of plants, trees, and flowers, in addition to handcrafted cedar bridges, stone lanterns, and a hand-washing fountain. Enjoy a serene ceremony in the garden then stroll through the lush foliage to the indoor/outdoor Garden Room where you can celebrate your union.
Typical Cost: $3,625 to $4,050 from April to October, and $3,500 to $3,950 from November to March. Prices include wedding ceremony and reception.
Capacity: 80 – 100
Bonus: The sounds of flowing water (rare in Los Angeles!) will be present throughout your festivities, as this venue features a 170- foot stream winding through the garden.
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Surrounded by 24-acres of sprawling gardens and a citrus orchard, this venue offers a picturesque setting for an outdoor wedding. The Spanish inspired structures, hand-carved woodwork, and intricate ironwork create a timeless aesthetic and a plethora of compelling backdrops for photos. Your guests will enjoy wandering through the whimsical gardens, which includes formal flowerbeds, paths meandering through exotic shrubs, a variety of Magnolia, Palm, Dog Elder, and Dogwood trees, and a small forest with a clearing. If you want your nuptials to take place in a rich tapestry of nature-made beauty the Orcutt Ranch is your match.
Typical Cost: $1,366.60 to $2,126.60 for a ceremony and reception, which includes 6 hours of event time, excluding set-up and clean-up time.
Bonus: If you time your wedding to coincide with the bloom of the rose bushes your wedding will exude major fairy tale vibes.
Eco-friendly couples will rejoice when they step into this 6,500 square foot green space that is 100% solar powered. The garden courtyard, with 2,000 square feet of vertical gardens saturated in succulents, palms, and other desert plants, provides a vibrant environment for your ceremony. Vintage furniture, mood lighting, and eclectic design elements, mixed with the impressive collection of vegetation, makes this venue a great choice for folks wanting a one-of-a-kind setting, with an undercurrent of hipster-vibes.
Typical Cost: $5,340 – $10,200
Bonus: The Grand Hall offers an ideal area for your reception, with 15-foot ceilings and dimmable LED lights.
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Rustic elegance meets Alice-in-Wonderland-style eccentricity at this restaurant/wedding venue. The whimsical gardens and ample twinkle lights make guests feel as though they’ve landed in a storybook wedding, replete with waterfalls, winding brick pathways, and a fountain that can be filled with rose petals and candles. As a space that’s often lauded as the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles, The Inn of the Seventh Ray is perfect for uber romantic couples.
Typical Cost: Inquire [https://www.innoftheseventhray.com/wedding-inquiry] for a complete fees schedule
Bonus: Because this space is also a restaurant you have easy access to market fresh California cuisine that is locally sourced, organic, and inspired by the seasons.
This rooftop venue allows you to enjoy chic nuptials amongst the sparkling urban jungle of downtown Los Angeles. Located on the roof of the 13-story art deco Oviatt Building, built in 1927, this space offers an interesting ambiance of “historical landmark meets modern-day sophistication.” The assortment of Lalique glass doors, medieval -esque arches, and detailed metal works has earned this venue the nickname of Castle in the Air, and would be a win for couples who want their big day to include a mix of intrigue and architectural dichotomy.
Typical Cost: Roughly $5,100 to $6,800 on Friday and Saturdays, $2,500 Monday to Thursday, and $4,100 on Sunday. Costs include ceremony set up, cleaning, on-site manager, fire marshal, and security guard
Bonus: Enhancing this venue’s distinctive appeal is a projector where you can display anything from a slideshow of your love story to your favorite classic movies.
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Bailey Gaddis is the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood, a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, and hypnotherapist who works with mothers-to-be, new mothers, and their support teams. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.