LA's Best Museums, Gardens and Restaurants for Weddings

It's hard to measure just how special a couple's big day is, but we can all agree that every wedding is as unique as the wedding couple, their wedding party and guests. We've got the venues that will make your ceremony and reception perfect, tailored to make your vows and celebration unforgettable. Whether you've dreamed of magical gardens, a Gehry-designed music center or Old World charm in Downtown Santa Monica, there's the perfect setting for your big day.

Bridal brunch courtesy of Alcove Cafe & Bakery,

Alcove Cafe

Aptly named, The Alcove is the picture-perfect setting for your intimate wedding and reception. Their little bungalow, a Craftsman cottage built in 1897, will bring unmatched charm to your event as will the beautiful, serene outdoor patio, enveloped by trellises by day and lights stringed overhead by night. Their world-class cocktail program will please the most serious cocktailians and delight imbibers from all walks of life. For a truly unique day nestled in Los Feliz sure to enchant you and your guests, The Alcove is the place to be.

Wedding at Descanso Gardens
Wedding at Descanso Gardens | Photo: B&G Photography

Descanso Gardens

Tucked away in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens is a lush, scenic getaway from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Formerly a private estate, the 150-acre grounds has a variety of options for all facets of your big day. Let gardens, creeks, water fountains, lagoons and even landscaped grounds be the backdrop of your ceremony, with indoor options also available should you prefer amplified music for your reception. Patina on-grounds catering will make sure that your food and drink element is second to none, ensuring a delicious and memorable reception for all.

Indian Wedding at The Ebell of Los Angeles
Indian Wedding at The Ebell of Los Angeles | Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

The Ebell of Los Angeles

The Ebell of Los Angeles is more than an Italian Renaissance architectural piece of city history, it has an integral role in the history of women education. Your big day will have the honor of being tied to one of the elite women's clubs, built in 1927, in the beautiful neighborhood of Hancock Park. Two ballrooms, an art salon and courtyard garden await your big day, with in-house catering services offering a diverse menu of international tastes.

Wedding at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
Wedding at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center | Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center is the perfect setting for a magical day exchanging vows and celebrating with your loved ones. With beautiful gardens and orchards as your backdrop, nature will be the canvas on which your occasion is painted. A guest house provides a convenient home base for your wedding party while patio areas provide essential shade for your ceremony. Orcutt Ranch's picturesque settings are a beautiful place to do-it-yourself and make your day as magical as possible in the way only you know how.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Rated by CNN, Octane, and Top Gear as “the world’s greatest automotive museum,” the Petersen Automotive Museum has always been an amazing setting for glamorous celebrations. Following its total transformation in 2015, the Petersen boasts four levels of venue space, featuring galleries on the Artistry, Industry and History Floors.

For weddings, the Rooftop Penthouse & Terrace is the most popular choice. Occupying the entire fourth floor, it’s an architecturally intriguing space: an all-glass “room” is surrounded by a smooth, slate patio. You can have your ceremony on one side of the patio and host a seated reception on the other, using the glass-enclosed penthouse itself for cocktails and dancing. You’re free to choreograph your celebration any way you like, and no matter where you are, you’ll be cooled by passing breezes and enjoy panoramic vistas of the Hollywood Hills, along with a birds-eye view of the Miracle Mile. At night, L.A. becomes a sea of glittering lights, lending a romantic sparkle to your evening soirée.

Wedding at the Skirball Cultural Center
Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Skirball Cultural Center

When it comes to customizing your special day so that it's expressly you, Skirball Cultural Center has the facilities to give you exactly what you want. And it's all nestled right in the Santa Monica Mountains, giving your wedding the wonderful, scenic vantage point of beautiful Southern California landscapes. From auditoriums to ballrooms and even courtyards and terraces, there's a place for each facet of your occasion so you can have everything you want in your event space. There's also premier on-site catering and bar services, should you also prefer that one-stop venue.

Wedding reception at Vibiana by Revelry Event Design
Wedding reception by Revelry Event Design | Photo: Vibiana


Originally the Cathedral of St. Vibiana built in 1876, Vibiana is a seismically restored Italian Baroque-styled masterpiece. The main room, surrounding garden and patio space are completely customizable, whilst maintaining a touch of class thanks to the long columns, marble structures and choral mezzanine above. With in-house catering by Los Angeles chef Neal Fraser and beverage director Tobin Shea offering custom menus for your momentous occasion, you and your guests are guaranteed world-class cuisine and outstanding cocktails in a historic setting.

LGBTQ wedding at The Victorian in Santa Monica
Photo: The Victorian

The Victorian

At The Victorian, your event will be framed in a tranquil, two-story cottage - built elsewhere in 1892 but moved in 1972 - now at the heart of Downtown Santa Monica neighboring the California Heritage Museum. Cascading lights line the foliage of looming oak trees over a brick path leading between gardens and outdoor seating up to The Victorian. Late 19th-century nostalgia with wooden floors, oak bar, classical artwork and antique furnishings. The library-like upstairs is a tranquil serves as a quaint framework for your ceremony. Whether you prefer indoors or outside, there are plenty of options - as well as on-site catering and bar service - to make your wedding at The Victorian an unforgettable day.

Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center

The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most breathtaking cultural and architectural landmarks that can hosts your wedding. Your indoor-outdoor occasion, at a structure designed by Frank Gehry, will be the envy of everyone. The romantic Blue Ribbon Garden and/or alongside the magnificent lines of the Hall’s exterior will bring unmatched class to your ceremony and reception. And with catering provided by Patina, you can be sure that the food will be just as magical as the setting.

Yamashiro wedding Asian couple
Photo: Yamashiro


For an Asian-inspired wedding at one of the most historic venues in all of Los Angeles, Yamashiro is the ticket. A ceremony in the sunken Japanese garden and views of Los Angeles from atop the Hollywood Hills will make your event nothing short of majestic. The oldest structure in California, the Pagoda, even rests on the grounds overlooking the beautiful cityscape - perfect for memorable photos. And with Yamashiro's outstanding menu and convenient in-house wedding coordinators, your guests will be wining and dining with excellent food during a day that'll go off without a hitch - sure to be a day that everyone will be remembered for all the right reasons.