May 31, 2019

Best Wedding Venues in Los Angeles

The City of Angels is the perfect place to tie the knot. Los Angeles has it all: beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, and bustling cityscapes. On top of the city’s stunning scenery, there are tons of incredible wedding venues in LA. So many that it can be hard to choose where you should say, “I do.” But we’re here to lend a helping hand in your search! To help you find the perfect wedding venue for you, here’s our list of the 10 best wedding venues in Los Angeles.

1. Taglyan Cultural Complex

Let’s start with a venue that’s a celeb favorite: the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. This massive venue is a full service venue that has a lovely European vibe. There are three separate spaces within the Complex that you can use for your wedding. There are two elegant indoor spaces, The Grand Ballroom and the more intimate Foyer room, and an outdoor space called the Gardens, which is an impeccably maintained garden space.

2. Skirball Cultural Center

Located in the Santa Monica mountains around Brentwood, the Skirball Cultural Center is a chic, sophisticated venue option. There are multiple event spaces at the Skirball Cultural Center, including their gorgeous outdoor courtyard, which is a popular choice for ceremonies.

3. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is easily one of the most beautiful churches in Los Angeles. In their Sanctuary Gallery, you’ll find the world’s largest still-operational pipe organ, which rests beneath an intricate stained glass window. In addition to having a breathtaking space for your ceremony, the First Congregational Church has four unique reception spaces on site.

4. MountainGate Country Club

Located in the Santa Monica hills, MountainGate County Club is a private golf club with picturesque mountain views and exquisitely maintained grounds. This club features outdoor and indoor spaces you can choose from for your wedding, and even their indoor space has beautiful panoramic views of the mountains.

5. Albertson Wedding Chapel

A venue doesn’t have to be grand to be absolutely lovely. The Albertson Wedding Chapel is an intimate ceremony venue with a crisp, modern look. This stylish space, which is in downtown LA, is an elegant choice for a smaller ceremony.

6. SmogShoppe

Don’t be deceived by this venue’s name. While SmogShoppe sounds like an upscale auto shop, it’s actually a former auto shop that is now a hip, modern event space. There are two main spaces in SmogShoppe that can be used for your wedding: their Courtyard Garden (which features a vertical garden) and their Grand Hall.

7. La Venta Inn

The views at La Venta Inn are what dreams are made of. La Venta Inn, which is located in Palos Verdes Estates, is a historic 1920s villa that’s famous for its spectacular views of both the ocean and the city. This venue has two spaces you can use for your wedding: the Lawn (which has the aforementioned incredible views) and their Main Ballroom.

8. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is an architectural wonder. This 1920s hotel features art deco era Italian Renaissance architecture that will take your breath away. Every inch of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is beautiful, including all six of their beautiful venue space options.

9. James Irvine Japanese Garden

The James Irvine Japanese Garden is an intimate garden venue that’s nothing short of sublime. Located in Little Tokyo, the James Irvine Japanese Gardens feature serene gardens, a waterfall, and blooming trees.

10. Vibiana

Last but not least, we have Vibiana, a baroque-style cathedral that was built in the 1800s. Though the building is historic, this space isn’t outdated— it’s been beautifully maintained. Vibiana has an ethereal feel, in both in their indoor and outdoor spaces, which will give your wedding a dreamy, romantic vibe.

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December 29, 2017

7 Winter Wedding Ideas We Are Loving

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: winter wedding season! Winter weddings have a charm and magic all their own. And this year’s winter wedding season brings with it a ton of fun trends to help light up your wedding night. Ready to learn all about this season’s dazzling trends? Here are the seven winter wedding ideas we are loving this year.

Leather and Lace

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Photo Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

This fall, we saw sweaters with wedding gowns emerge as a huge trend. This winter, it’s all about leather. You can pair a white leather jacket with your wedding gown to add a cool (but warming) touch to your wedding day look. And, of course, you can wear a vegan leather jacket if you prefer not to wear real leather.

Mixed Patterns

A big trend this year is mixing patterns. Brides are getting creative and straying away from the traditional rule of having only one pattern used in their wedding decor. This year, you’ll see plaids, polka dots, stripes, and many more patterns mixing things up at weddings across the world. A good rule of thumb if you’re thinking of mixing patterns: stick to a simple color palette, with just one or two colors used in your patterns. This will help make sure your mixed patterns still have an elegant feel.

Icy Flowers

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The biggest winter trend in florals is ice-y flowers. Suspending your wedding blooms (whether it be all or just a few) in blocks of ice is a gorgeous way to showcase your flowers. This is a newly emerging trend so, you may not have seen it yet, but you’re sure to see these icy blooms popping up everywhere this winter. If you want to try this trend but don’t want to go full ice block, you can try a variation on the trend by putting flowers in your ice buckets or freezing small blooms into ice cubes for your guests to enjoy with their cocktails.

Velvet Touches

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Using velvet to decorate your wedding is a great way to add a luxe winter touch. There are so many ways to use velvet to enhance your wedding, whether it be decking out your groomsmen with velvet pocket squares or wrapping your floral arrangements with a soft velvet ribbon.

Neon Lights

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Photo Courtesy of Electric Confetti

Neon signs have a retro appeal yet also look new and fresh when used outside of one of their more common locations (i.e., a bar or a restaurant). We absolutely love the trend of incorporating neon into your wedding. Using a neon sign to decorate your wedding is a fun and beautiful touch that your guests are sure to remember.

Metallic Cakes

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Photo Courtesy of Cake by Nicole

Adding a metallic touch to your wedding cake is a great way to add some extra winter magic to your wedding. You can go full metallic with a cake frosted in gold or silver or simply add some metallic touches, like a glittering cake stand or shimmering decorations. You don’t have to stick with just traditional metallics, either. You could use bronze, copper, rose gold, or even use a colorful metallic shade.

Food and Drink Pairings

Many guests are in for a treat this wedding season. That’s because food and drink pairings are all the rage this year. Fun wedding foods, like taco bars or s’mores stations, have been popular for a few years. But, this year, many brides and grooms are treating their guests to multiple customized drink pairings. From serving mini tacos with margaritas to serving spiked apple cider with pie, there are so many combinations waiting to delight wedding guests this winter.

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