I often help local friends plan their weddings, and holy crap it's SUPER hard to find "affordable" venues in Los Angeles. So I asked my friend Kimmy, who's currently planning a $10k wedding in LA, to weed out her favorite cheap but awesome LA venues.
ZOMG, getting married in Los Angeles is so expensive. The wedding industry is stupidly pricey already, but then add a major city into the mix — especially a city that throws million dollar parties weekly — and finding a place to get hitched with a $10K budget becomes seemingly impossible. But no fear, after months of research I'm here to reveal six surprisingly sensational venues I found in Los Angeles that are as fun as they are freakishly cheap.
Caveat: I chose places that offered good value, which I define as offering tons of perks and amenities in the base price. There are venues that might be as cheap, but don't offer anything but the space, which, may make your life needlessly more difficult.
Seriously, short of getting married in a backyard, you won't find cheaper in Los Angeles! These places will make your day as woodsy, sparkly, feminist-y, or vintage-y as you want it to be without anyone knowing how little you paid for it:
Angelus Mountain Center
Juuuuust at the tip top of Pasadena, smaaaaashed right into the foothills, with a view of downtown Los Angeles (and beyond on a clear day) lies what I imagine one of the most fun summer camps ever. Tether ball, volleyball, basketball, a theatre, chicken coops, vegetable garden, hiking trails, campfires, the Angelus Mountain Center is just fun packed in a forest. And lucky for any woodsy brides, the mess hall and gorgeous deck and three cabins are available to rent for THE ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND for $2500. Yes. $2500.
You and your wedding party could potentially camp or check into the nearby Langham, for those five-star freaks in your family. (God knows, I have 'em!) Kitchen, bathrooms, tables, and majestic pine trees are all included in the rental price. Bonus points: The camp director has a great sense of humor. Only drawback is that it's not available in the summer (DUH).
$2200 breaking your bank? How about $1500 for your up-to-70-people wedding? Not bad, huh? Nature-y, beautiful, amazingly majestic views but with a fantastically rustic cabin as your centerpoint, Nature Friends in Sierra Madre also happens to be a non-profit for environmental issues. So you're saving pennies and the planet! WIN WIN!
Oak Creek Ranch
Nestled atop a rolling hill of Topanga lies a romantical artists' enclave built to feel as much as a home, as a piece of art, as it is your wedding venue. Filled with eclectic touches all hand-made by the ranch's owners, Oak Creek Ranch just wants to throw a party. They can be as involved or un-involved as you like. But trust, you want them to throw your party.
Their enormous deck can fit over 150 people, and their rates typically include EVERYTHING YOU NEED for a gorgeous, stress-free wedding for $150 per person. Yes, flowers. Yes, coordinator (who is so sweet you might even ask her to be a bridesmaid). Yes, stage and lighting. Yes, tables and linens and chairs (your choice, naturally). Yes, organic locally sourced catering. Yes, valet parking. Just fucking yes, okay? P.S. there are cheaper packages, too!
The Thursday Club
You like women's rights, right? Good. Then you'll love The Thursday Club, a La Canada-Flintridge historical building that dates back to the early 1900's when women were gathering to win suffrage. And because they love hooking other ladies up, they only charge $1500 for your wedding.
A gorgeous kitchen, beautiful courtyard, lovely garden, and grand hall with Spanish style details and chandeliers throughout make the party planning a cinch. BYOB, easy free parking, uber-cheap table rentals, and a super-dope stage are just added perks.
Okay, okay, so I like old shit. I'm sorry — it's just so pretty! Especially the Oviatt Penthouse, an architectural gem of LA built in 1928 that was only just recently opened to the public and events.
For a base price of $2700-$4000, the five-room penthouse includes a billion lbs (guesstimate) of Lalique crystal and glass and marble entirely imported from France. The outside patio is stunning, especially at night when the surrounding buildings and the clock tower above shine around you. Plus, there's a "powder room" (no, really, it has a few hidden cocaine trays in the bathroom), and velvet carpets, multiple bars, tables, chairs and your choice of linens are included, there are amazing photo ops, and delicious food that is entirely custom to your wishes and dreams and ethnicities!
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