From whimsical gardens to rustic ranches, it seems there’s an idyllic outdoor wedding venue around every Los Angeles corner — and for every kind of couple. Whether you’re looking to wed in sunny Santa Monica or celebrate in downtown LA, the area has many picturesque venues to choose from for your special day. But we’ll bet you haven’t heard of some of the underrated spots on our list. These hidden gems offer the opportunity to wed in a place your friends and family haven’t already celebrated a dozen times. Check out twelve of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in Los Angeles for your chic celebration.
Note: The greater Los Angeles and Orange County area spreads a good distance — we’ve ordered this list from north to south then veer farther east into the Inland Empire for our last pick.
The Hummingbird Nest Ranch is a romantic garden space nestled in the Santa Susana Mountains of Simi Valley. Towering trees, Spanish colonial architecture, and a canyon setting transport you to the picturesque coast of Spain. The Villa at the ranch is the idyllic romantic ceremony venue. The spot offers a central mosaic tile fountain, tons of greenery including olive trees, and an exquisite, mountainous view.
The Villa Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Los Angeles – Beverly Hills
Mr. C of Beverly Hills is the quintessential venue for a glamorous Los Angeles wedding. The Garden offers a modern and elegant setting with 10,000 square feet of botanical gardens, stone paths, fountains and manicured greenery. Your guests are sure to be wowed by the sweeping panoramic views overlooking the Hollywood Hills and Downtown LA. Within The Garden space, a large fountain and cobblestone wall offer two picturesque spots for your ceremony.
The Garden Capacity: 180 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Central Los Angeles
This Italian Renaissance-style venue is a work of art, and is a designated Los Angeles Cultural Monument. Not only is it the site of Amelia Earhart’s last public appearance and where Judy Garland was discovered, but has been owned by the Ebell’s women’s club since 1927. Full of history and stunning architecture, The Ebell of Los Angeles is an absolutely exquisite wedding venue. The Garden of The Ebell is perfect for an intimate gathering, living in a closed off courtyard with a polished lawn and centralized fountain. Rounded arches and double pillars add to the grandeur of the space. Have your ceremony and cocktails outside then move the party indoors for a sit-down dinner amid luxe period detail overlooking the beautiful garden space.
Garden Capacity: 170 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Central Los Angeles
Waterfalls, ponds, sculptures, and manicured trees all reflect the beauty and aesthetic of the Japanese culture in this garden space. The Kyoto Garden is a lush hidden spot within the grounds of the DoubleTree Los Angeles, Downtown. This hotel is a modern, geometric building with stone pillars surrounding the garden. Natural elements such as grassy areas and pebbled cobblestone complement the modern architecture. This hidden gem is a great venue for an intimate, peaceful outdoor Los Angeles wedding.
Kyoto Garden Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Looking to throw a super unique, non-traditional outdoor wedding in Los Angeles? SmogShoppe was once a smog-check center, but has been renovated into a 100% solar-powered event space full of lush desert plants and funky vintage furnishings. Located the the LA art and design district of Culver City, this space is perfect for those looking to make a statement in addition to “I do” on their special day.
Capacity: 150 person garden ceremonies
150 person formal sit down dinners
250 person cocktail parties
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is where your under-the-stars wedding dreams come true. Overlooking the Santa Monica beach, this unique yet luxurious hotel offers a perfect space for nuptials in the center of their Front Drive. A massive, rainforest-style Moreton Bay fig tree, a historical landmark of Santa Monica anchors the space with beauty and shade and perfectly sets the scene for a garden-themed, whimsical wedding. With interlocking branches and a sweeping canopy, this colossal tree can serve as a backdrop for the altar or an encircled focal point for dining. Complete with an award-winning culinary team, gorgeous setting, and unbeatable views, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel offers beautiful wedding options and the perfect place to stay.
Capacity: Up to 400 seated, 800 standing
At the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, your rustic-charm wedding is sure to be memorable. A bridge separates a gorgeous outdoor ceremony spot from the rest of the venue, creating the lovely and symbolic act of crossing over water to the reception upon being married. An impressive stone waterfall serves as the backdrop of this scene for a romantic wedding atmosphere and dream sound effect. The Oaks Room boasts a beautiful reception space that features twinkling lights, exposed beams, and a fireplace.
You are guaranteed gorgeous wedding photos when you host your event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Carson. More laidback couples can host an intimate poolside wedding with a relaxing, spa-like environment — we always love a pool festooned with multicolored flowers and petals. Next to the pool is a white wooden gazebo, an ideal ceremonial space. The outdoor area can fit up to 200 guests. Spacious patios, both covered and open air, offer perfect dance floor and dining set ups while fire pits placed around the venue serve as great mix and mingle spots.
Palos Verdes Peninsula
With more than 2,500 different plant species, the South Coast Botanic Garden is the perfect wedding location for nature lovers. Complete with lush green grass, colorful florals and it’s own vegetable garden, this space needs little décor for a chic event with farm-to-table catering. The Lower Meadow can hold up to 300 guests and features a gazebo space for the couple to be.
Lower Meadow Capacity: up to 300
Your wedding can be as vast or as intimate as you’d like on the Vista Lawns at the The Waterfront Beach Resort. A two-tiered lawn space sprawls out from the Huntington Beach hotel property, offering an impressive ocean view lined with palm trees. These spaces are available together, or can be partitioned separately for smaller nuptials. The floral-lined water fountain connecting the lawns can serve as a lovely ceremonial backdrop, but there’s also a beachy spot available for couples who want to say their vows with toes in the sand. Regardless of where you say “I do,” a sunset wedding from the Vista Lawn space is sure to be unforgettable.
Vista Lawns Capacity: up to 425
For a more intimate, classic California wedding, we recommend dancing the night away in the Outdoor Courtyard of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont. The brick walled courtyard is centered around a stone waterfall and is lined with manicured greenery, creating an organic style that’s enclosed for intimacy in the Inland Empire. We love how this space is elevated with an overlooking balcony, a perfect spot for guests looking to escape the crowd. Ceiling draping across the courtyard adds privacy to the space, as well as a touch of elegance.
Capacity: 140 (seated) – 190 (standing)
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