Nobody comes to LA to fade into the background. This is the land of dreams and glamour, bright colors and brighter lights. And LA weddings are no different; you want yours to be one for the books. So, if traditional and understated are not your style, check out these 5 unique wedding venues in Los Angeles.
LA’s Union Station proves life—and love—is all about the journey. The iconic transportation hub’s historic architecture, cultural events, and works from local artists make it a truly unique wedding venue. Choose from the station’s four gorgeous indoor and outdoor venues, including the ticket concourse, waiting area, and North and South patios.
Capacity: 500 seated
Typical cost: Rental cost $6,000 – $20,000 depending on your event
Bonus: The station was an important thruway for the U.S. during World War II, as tens of thousands of troops traveled through it daily.
Live out your fantasy wedding at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. This hidden gem, just minutes from downtown, brings all the elements you need for a dream garden wedding. Specifically, you’ll enjoy the multitude of flower beds, shady trees, and the three-tiered center fountain, all walled-in like a secret garden. In a word: serenity.
Typical cost: $5,000 – $10,750 location fee depending on your event.
Bonus: The space offers both indoor and outdoor accommodations.
If grandiosity and whimsy are your style, then LA’s Natural History Museum is the wedding venue for you. This place helps you freeze your own moment in history. Since, seriously, who’s going to forget raising a glass to a T-rex or walking down the aisle through the ancient African savanna? Choose from the Grand Foyer, African Mammal Hall, North American Mammal Hall, or Rotunda for your once-in-a-millennium event.
Typical cost: Starting at $10,000
Bonus: Your guests will probably be too busy taking in the 163-foot whale skeleton hanging over their heads to notice the centerpieces. In other words, you can definitely save money on decorations.
It doesn’t get more photogenic than Angels Gate Park. Try and take a bad picture of the shocking blue panorama of the Pacific crowned by the ornate and gorgeous Korean Friendship Bell. It’s just not possible. Plus, add in you and that wedding dress? Forget about it.
Typical cost: Rental rates starting at $250
Bonus: The Republic of Korea gifted the spectacular Korean Friendship Bell to the U.S. for its bicentennial in 1976.
The Heritage Square Museum is a collection of eight buildings that recall how life was in Southern California at the turn of the 20th century. It is also a fabulous and one-of-a-kind place for your wedding. What better way to celebrate the future of your love than surrounded by gorgeous (and colorful!) monuments to the past.
Typical cost: Starting at $2,000
Bonus: Want to lean into the non-traditional style of this venue? Since you’re not required to use a certain caterer, this is a great place for food trucks.