When it comes to scouting wedding locations in Los Angeles County, don’t sleep on Long Beach. While it and the neighboring San Pedro neighborhood of LA host the two busiest ports in the US, it’s not your typical port city. Its laid-back style is the epitome Southern California culture. It’s also an incredibly diverse area with tons of history. From gorgeous historic buildings, to a retired ocean liner, to a 19th-century ranch, here are our favorite wedding venues in Long Beach!
The Ebell Long Beach is an all-around amazing place to host a wedding. Built in 1924, the Spanish Revival-style building was originally a women’s club. Nowadays, you and your guests can enjoy the beautiful interiors while you celebrate your nuptials in style. The venue provides lots of space for dining, dancing and taking amazing photos, from the sky-lit covered courtyard to the ballroom with its 24 ft. ceilings and beautiful woodwork. Reviewers also give high marks to the catering and overall service by the owners, Très L.A.
Typical cost: $6,000–$7,000 rental
Bonus: If music will be an important part of your wedding, the Ebell Long Beach has you covered with two baby grand pianos and a 20 speaker JBL surround sound system.
The Queen Mary gives you the unique experience of getting married aboard a 1930s ocean liner. You can say your vows under the gazebo on the main deck, or in the Royal Wedding Chapel below. Below decks there are also multiple salons for your reception that feature opulent Art deco interiors. The truly enormous Grand Salon is perfect for large events, while we’re also particularly fond of the Queen’s Salon with its three onyx fireplaces. During your dinner you and your guests will enjoy food that fits the elegant setting to complete this vintage luxury cruise experience without ever leaving port.
Typical cost: $500 ceremony site fee, receptions from $65 per person
Bonus: Couples give rave reviews to the coordinating staff!
As a wedding venue the Aquarium of the Pacific is not only unique—it also provides stunningly beautiful locations for your ceremony and reception. You can get married with the three-story Blue Cavern exhibit—which features local ocean inhabitants—as your backdrop, while the Shark Lagoon provides a delightful outdoor location. Meanwhile, the Great Hall is the perfect space for your reception. And the best part is that you get the whole aquarium to yourself!
Typical cost: $750–$1,000 ceremony site rental, $750–$1,500 reception site rental
Bonus: The wedding package includes a personalized Aquarium of the Pacific event ticket as a memento!
Rancho Los Cerritos is a hidden gem. The historic ranch, built in 1844, is now a refuge of natural beauty in the middle of urban Los Angeles county. It has multiple venues for your ceremony and reception, including the spacious backyard and the inner courtyard of the ranch home. It also features several lawns and gardens, as well as an orchard that makes for beautiful wedding photos. The venue gives you plenty of freedom to choose how you want to use the space, and the staff is happy to help you design the perfect event for you and your loved ones.
Typical cost: $4,500–$8,500
Bonus: Rancho Los Cerritos allows outside vendors, so you can choose whichever caterer, DJ, or coordinator you have your heart set on.
Located in nearby San Pedro, the Sepulveda Home offers lots of outdoor space while maintaining an intimate feel. With its vintage decor, this 1920s French Colonial home provides a bit of New Orleans in SoCal. Indoor you’ll find several charming sitting rooms, while the outdoor space with its lush greenery provides plenty of room for a seated reception. The Sepulveda Home only does a few weddings per year, so contact them early for the best chance of securing this spot for your dream wedding!
Typical cost: $6,250–$7,000
Bonus: The home’s charming balcony, which provides a great view the San Pedro pier, is a great place for toasts.
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