The Essential Los Angeles Wedding Guide

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With its gorgeous weather, world-class hotels and spectacular scenery, Los Angeles is the perfect city to host an unforgettable wedding. First things first, read our Guide to Getting a Marriage License in Los Angeles.

To help you make the big decisions in planning your wedding, we’ve created exclusive guides that feature all the services you’ll need for one of the most important days of your life. Our recommendations begin with the best hotels, restaurants and gardens to host your wedding. Then wedding expert Kristin Banta offers her comprehensive list of services that includes bridal gowns, invitations, catering, photographers, entertainment and much more. Your L.A. story starts here, with the essential guide to weddings in Los Angeles.

Andaz West Hollywood Panorama Ballroom wedding reception
Panorama Ballroom | Photo: Andaz West Hollywood

Unforgettable LA Hotel Wedding Venues

Hotels throughout Los Angeles are ready to host your momentous occasion, from a historic 1925 hotel in bustling Downtown LA, to a modern hotel designed by Philippe Starck near Beverly Hills.


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

LA's Best Cultural Attractions and Restaurants for Weddings

Whether you've dreamed of a wedding in an enchanting garden, a Frank Gehry-designed architectural masterpiece, or a historic Hollywood restaurant, there's a unique venue in Los Angeles that's ready to host your big day.

Wolfgang Puck Catering wedding tray passed apps
Photo: Wolfgang Puck Catering

Cake, Catering & Cocktails

This exclusive guide to L.A. services for wedding cakes, catering and cocktails is curated by celebrity wedding expert Kristin Banta, and is provided courtesy of Frontiers, L.A.’s largest and oldest LGBT magazine.


Klein Epstein & Parker in WeHo
Photo: Klein Epstein & Parker West Hollywood

Grooms, Brides & Officiants

Kristin Banta’s guide to Los Angeles wedding services continues with everything you'll need to look your best on the big day, including groom attire, bridal gowns and makeup artists. And of course, unique and progressive officiants to preside over the ceremony.


Elan Artists Roaring 20s Band
Photo: Elan Artists, Facebook

Music, Memories & More

The final part of Kristin Banta’s guide to Los Angeles wedding services features everything you’ll need to complete your big day, from invitations to DJs, photographers and floral designers.