For couples local to California, or those desiring a coastal destination wedding, Los Angeles offers a number of beautiful wedding venues. From seaside nuptials to city celebrations, getting married in Los Angeles means that you have a number of options to choose from. The best part is that many of these choices are historic locations that have been beautifully restored or repurposed.
If you're looking for a unique space with personality, charm, and history, you'll find plenty of interesting options in the "City of Angeles." Here are some of our favorite historic L.A. locations that are sure to wow your wedding guests and help make your day perfectly unique.
1. Union Station
The largest railroad passenger terminal in the western United States, Union Station was designed by John and Donald Parkinson and built in 1926. It is designed with combination of Dutch Colonial, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne architecture. The location is considered small in comparison to other stations, but its grand designs make it appear large, open, and airy.
While it is still a major hub for travel, it has also become a popular wedding and reception site in recent years – in fact, some of the most intriguing and decorative areas of Union Station are used exclusively for large events and film shoots. You might just recognize this last “great American train station” from several scenes in The Italian Job as well as Pearl Harbor and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. There are several areas to choose from, including a beautiful space just inside the main terminal. The South Patio is a wonderful place to hold a ceremony thanks to its formal garden and courtyard feel. Fred Harvey restaurant is now closed, but it still serves as a retro event space for any celebration. Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography; Consulting by Sterling Engagements
2. Page Museum & La Brea Tar Pits
3. Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens
While the various art displays throughout the property are magnificent, the real draw of the Huntington is the 120-acre Botanical Gardens. When all the flowers are in bloom, it’s like your own personal secret garden. So whether you are at the Chinese Garden (which took artisans from China six months to create), the cacti and succulent collection in the Desert Garden, or the beautiful bridge and peaceful nature of the Japanese Garden, you will feel as though you are enveloped in one of the rare works of art you'll find inside the museum itself. Photo by sorayas via Creative Commons
4. Paramount Ranch
The site has a covered pavilion, lawn area, hiking trails, restrooms, and other amenities, which make it a perfect outdoor locale for your special day. Many couples have held theme weddings, which can be fun for all of your guests. And, given that the weather in L.A. is nearly always pleasant, its outdoor locale works any time of the year. Photo by akasped via Creative Commons
5. Annenberg Beach House
For a beach wedding in a historical locale, look no further than the Annenberg Beach House. What used to be a mansion that belonged to silent film star Marion Davies and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, as well as a playground of the rich and famous, is now a community playground in Santa Monica. While the original 110-room mansion and most of the guest houses that were on property are no longer standing, you can still enjoy this fantastic piece of real estate along five acres of beach. Choose from a variety of locations for your wedding in this beautiful venue, from historic to modern spaces, or a combination of both. The venue has floor-to-ceiling ocean views, verandas, and decks and accommodates intimate groups of 10 loved ones as well as elaborate celebrations of up to 400 guests. Photo courtesy of Entertaining Adventure Instagram