3 unconventional (and surprisingly affordable!) Los Angeles wedding venues

Guest post by Kimmy Erin

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.

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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 four 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:

Nature Friends

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$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!

The Thursday Club

Thursday Club exterior.
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.

Oviatt Penthouse

Oviatt at night.

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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Comments on 3 unconventional (and surprisingly affordable!) Los Angeles wedding venues

  1. I am throwing a wedding in LA for the same budget, I would love to see a break down of the total budget! Any chance I can get the hookup on that?

  2. Also! Atwater Village (Glendale/Silverlake) : we are getting married at the Elysian LA- $2500 for 12 hrs and its gorgeous (elysianla.com) indoor -outdoor space that our friends can cab to and from, includes rehearsal time, some table and chairs, and you can bring in any vendor you want

    Note (Staffing, valet and event insurance are required about another $2000)

    • hi jillian!
      the elysian la looks amazing! do you mind letting me know how many people you’re having or how many they can fit? we have a somewhat large guest list. thanks so much!! 🙂 hope your wedding is amazing!!!!

  3. Oh! Oh!

    May I highly recommend the site where I got married in February?

    Villa del Sol d’Oro: http://www.sagardens.com/VDSDO/

    It is a 1/4 scale of a villa in Florence, there are beautiful nooks and crannies everywhere, and it is simply breathtaking.

    It’s a bit pricey during the summertime, but we rented the site for $4K in February (just the site is included in that fee) and with a delicious dinner, and all rentals (not DJ equipment), it came out to about $55 per person, which is crazy good in LA! The rentals can all be done directly through Santa Anita Gardens Catering (they’ve worked with this site for over twenty years) or you can bring in your own, but SAGC’s prices are excellent.

    Plus the folks there are super nice and accommodating–and I was so happy to work with them.

    Also?

    We had a TARDIS in the library.

    😀

    • Did you experience any challenges with an early wrap-up time? I read in Villa del Sol d’Oro’s policy that breakdown and noise must be cut off by 9pm.

      • Hey, KImberly!

        Our ceremony began at 3pm, and we left at 9:00pm.
        Guests have to be off-site by 9:30pm, per city ordinance (not the site!).
        Honestly, six hours was more than sufficient for both a sit-down dinner and a dance-heavy reception. 🙂

        There is a security guard on site who will check volume levels with your DJ, and as long as your DJ complies, you’ll be just fine (again, it’s a city ordinance thing, not the site itself).

        Sandi will walk you through everything you/your coordinator needs to know–she’s great about answering questions!

  4. A lot of bride’s are having their wedding (ceremony & reception) at the beach.
    S. CA has some of the most beautiful beaches for a romantic, budget friendly wedding.
    Most beaches & parks in S. CA require a permit to have a wedding on their property, however there are a couple that don’t. Permits can range from $50 – $450+ depending on your set up & guest count.
    Also, the weather in S. CA is mild year round so you can have your wedding just about anytime & the weather will be beautiful!

  5. Hi All!

    I wanted to share my venue in the San Fernando Valley. We will be getting married at the Brand Community Center in Mission Hills. It is part of the L.A. City Parks Department. It doesn’t sound all that pretty. But it’s actually a very beautiful courtyard with a fabulous rose garden adjaccent to it for pictures. The price is great, and tables, chairs, and security are included in the price.

    Pricing depends on the day that you pick and the hours. But the prices that you see on the site are the TOTAL cost. There are no insurance fees or anything like that. So just for example for me to use the space for 10 hours including 3 hours set up time, a rehearsal, and 7 hours for the ceremony and reception it will cost around $1900. After the $300 deposit is returned that will only be $1600!

    Keep in mind that this is on the smaller side. They have a strict capacity of $150. All the details are here, http://laparks.org/dos/reservations/brandPk.htm . There are also a couple other parks like Orcutt Ranch which could be good economical choices. I hope that this helps someone!

  6. How about some venues in (or around) Los Angeles for a MAX of 30 people? I’d rather get married closer to home than to venture out to Vegas……HELP!

    • Try 31TEN lounge in Santa Monica (border of venice). They’re chic, NY-feeling lounge restaurant/bar, but they are closed on Sundays and therefore available for PRIVATE PARTIES….yay!! They have a gorgeous fire pit area at the top of a few steps. Would be the perfect spot for “I do’s” http://www.31tenlounge.com/gallery/

  7. Does anyone have the actual phone number or address for Oak Creek Ranch? We have tried to email them but haven’t had any luck. We wanted to call or even look at it on Google Earth but can’t find the address anywhere.

  8. My husband wants to have the in-n-out truck cater the main course for our vow renewal ( we’re a military family and miss food from home!) when we visit our family and friends next year. Anyone know of an inexpensive place that would have the space for the truck and can accommodate about 175 people?

    • city community centers allow you to bring in your own vendors including catering. The brea community center is super affordable and upon reading their yelp reviews, one couple did have an In n Out food truck cater

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