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. Also, look for the *asterisk to see which venues were recommended by a top Los Angeles wedding planner.
For a Spanish-style villa with sweeping views…
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)
For a historic Italian Renaissance-style club…
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)
For a Mediterranean-inspired venue surrounded by greenery…
“My absolute favorite lesser-known outdoor wedding spot in LA is hands-down Wattles Mansion and Gardens Park. Wattles Mansion and Garden is a historical landmark that is part of the LA City Park system, which makes it also surprisingly affordable for such a luxurious Mediterranean-inspired wedding venue. Experience a garden ceremony with a grand staircase and dinner and dancing under the stars surrounded by perfectly manicured landscaping and a rose garden that extends as far as the eyes can see. The mansion itself has a beautifully designed space that sits under exposed wooden beams that provide an elegant and warm atmosphere for your celebration. From the gorgeous gardens and grand staircase, to the modern amenities like indoor bridal suite, restrooms and catering kitchen, Wattles Mansion and Gardens is the perfect no-hassle, outdoor Los Angeles wedding venue!” -Founder and Owner Jacquelyn Aleece of The Wedding Plan & Company
Wattles Mansion and Gardens Capacity: 125 (standing)
For an intimate garden oasis (inside a stylish loft space)…
Secret Garden Loft turns a unique urban loft space into a lush garden setting with a grass-covered terrace overlooking the Hollywood hills. We are especially obsessed with an upper-story loft that features an upside-down garden suspended from the ceiling. Turn your walk down the aisle into an Instagrammable moment by ascending the spiral staircase wound in bright tassels of greenery. Moreover, host a photo-worthy cocktail hour on the rooftop while your ceremony space is transformed into a verdant wonderland for your intimate reception dinner.
Secret Garden Capacity: 80
For landscaped gardens and perfect photo ops…
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)
For tranquil Japanese-inspired gardens…
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)
For a funky, eclectic space with desert charm…
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.
SmogShoppe Capacity: 150 person garden ceremonies
150 person formal sit down dinners
250 person cocktail parties
For lush greenery and stunning waterfalls in the heart of Malibu wine country…
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.
Calamigos Ranch Capacity: 85-400
For luxuriant greenery reminiscent of the rainforest…
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.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Capacity: Up to 400 seated, 800 standing
For spa-like tranquility…
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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Carson Capacity: 25-200
For dramatic vistas and colorful blooms…
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
For dramatic views at every turn…
Situated on 94 gorgeous acres overlooking the coastal bluff of Palos Verdes, with constant views of the surrounding vineyards, Catalina View Gardens offers beautiful tableaus at every turn. Hosting only a limited number of intimate events a year, this stunning outdoor venue offers each couple exclusive use of the property. A built-in outdoor fireplace becomes a unique photo op or inspiring ceremonial backdrop for a romantic exchange of vows. We especially adore how the open courtyard space allows for unobstructed views of bright blue skies or starlit evenings.
Catalina View Gardens Capacity: 125
For tropical vibes and ocean views…
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 an intimate courtyard space…
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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont Capacity: 140 (seated) – 190 (standing)
For a transformable event space in a stunning garden setting…
Owner Cassandra Copeland of Cassandra Lee & Co. Events recommends The Greenhouse at Plantenders Nursery for a memorable wedding celebration. “It is this sweet hidden greenhouse garden in the hills.” She adds, “Just so unique and different.” One third of the proceeds from each wedding at The Greenhouse go to scholarships and mentoring programs that empower women around the globe — making your special day an ever greater cause to celebrate. With gorgeous views, a transformable greenhouse space, and sustainable services, you are bound to enjoy this private gem nestled into a gorge in the Santa Ana Mountains
The Greenhouse Capacity: 150
People Also Ask…
What is the Best Month to Have an Outdoor Wedding?
September and October tend to be the most popular months to get married in Los Angeles. While the weather in Los Angeles is beautiful year-round, these autumn months boast comfortable temperatures and less crowds.
Couples should keep in mind that venue prices and availability will reflect the popularity of the season. Consider less popular months to widen your venue options. We do, however, suggest avoiding the rainy season of January and February for an outdoor wedding celebration.
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