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Amazing Southern California Wedding Venues

Hosting your wedding in Southern California offers you so many incredible venue options, each with its own unique charm and features. As a wedding planners, we have had the pleasure of working at some truly amazing locations. Here are a few of our top picks, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience for your special day.

1. La Venta Inn

La Venta Inn is a stunning venue located on a hill, overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline, and city lights at night. The sunset here is truly something spectacular. What we love most about La Venta Inn is the dedicated team. They genuinely care about their clients and go above and beyond to make each event special. The food is exceptional, and the venue offers beautiful bridal and groom suites complete with outdoor and indoor lounge areas, changing rooms, and restrooms. One thing to note is that due to its neighborhood location, there are strict noise policies, and you’ll need to hire their in-house DJ. But these small restrictions are worth it for the incredible experience La Venta Inn provides.

2. Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park offers a unique setting with gorgeous mountain views at the infield, perfect for ceremonies. The park has a variety of indoor event spaces suitable for different group sizes, such as the Chandelier Room, Director’s Room, and the 101 Club. There's even a vintage Edison vibe speakeasy Room where the wedding party can hang out and take some great photos. The team at Santa Anita Park is hands-on, ensuring smooth logistics for vendors and guests. They also put up multiple direction signs to guide guests, so no one gets lost at this grand and spectacular park. If you plan to use the infield, be mindful of the racing season in the fall as sound amplification is only allowed between races. Nonetheless, the stunning views and excellent service make this venue a standout choice.

3. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

The Los Angeles Arboretum has a variety of scenic event spaces that can accommodate different group sizes, from the intimate Celebration Garden and Rose Garden to event lawns like Bauer lawn that are great for larger parties. There are so many beautiful locations to capture amazing photos at the, including bamboo forests, waterfalls, a beautiful lake, fountains, European-style cottages, and even a tropical forest where Jurassic Park was filmed. They provide golf carts on the day of to transport the bridal party and photographers around the expansive park. The in-house catering team is wonderful to work with and their food is phenomenal. Do keep in mind there are no indoor spaces, so a tent rental may be necessary in case of rain. Additionally, this is a space-only venue, meaning you'll need to rent tables, chairs, linens, and more through their preferred rental companies, but this is a small detail for a great event at a great location, and the catering team will assist with renting everything you need for you! 

4. Calamigos Ranch

Calamigos Ranch, located in Malibu Wine Country, has a rustic yet luxurious vibe. The chandeliers hanging from trees and gorgeous waterfalls is something you can enjoy both during the day and at night when the chandeliers and lights illuminate the night to create a magical atmosphere. The food here is consistently amazing, and each event space comes with its own bridal room. The ranch offers several event spaces tailored to different group sizes. While multiple events might share the same parking lot, valet service is excellent and provided in-house. Just be mindful that there is a fee for moving the dance floor or furniture around in the event space. Despite these small things to consider, Calamigos Ranch remains a top choice for its unique enchanting setting and exceptional service.

Choosing the right venue is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views, historic charm, or a natural environment, we can help bring your Southern California dream wedding to life!

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