Posted on 21 Aug
A memorable day calls for an epic venue, and these six spots in and around Southern California promise to provide truly unforgettable settings. Whether you and your partner are drawn to ocean views, hotels with a Hollywood history or rustically elegant ranches in the Santa Monica Mountains, these SoCal venues have something to appeal to every couple.
MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL - If it's Old Hollywood glamour you seek, book the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. For more than 100 years, this iconic Downtown Los Angeles venue has been a coveted site for weddings and receptions. The hotel’s legendary Crystal Ballroom—with stunning, hand-painted 30-foot ceilings, carved columns and glimmering mirrors—was host to the Academy Awards in 1927. Dazzling Austrian crystal chandeliers and shimmering wall sconces highlight table settings and flower arrangements with an enchanting, romantic glow.
SADDLE PEAK LODGE - Rustic, ranch charm—and a storied cinematic history—abound at Saddle Peak Lodge, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The lodge and its surrounding grounds have served as the backdrop for many films over the last 100 years. Its distinctive rural beauty is without compare. Hold a ceremony outdoors on the stone terrace, framed by the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu Canyon. Post vows, have cocktails in the Den or the Loft, both offering exquisite views.
SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH - A sophisticated but never stuffy beachside venue, Shutters on the Beach is a blend of SoCal and East Coast seaside elegance. The restaurant and hotel offers several ceremony and reception options, including the Pacific Terrace, which can host up to 250 guests and looks out onto Santa Monica Beach—perfect for a sunset ceremony.
NOOR - Set in the heart of Old Pasadena, Noor has a reputation that speaks for itself—it’s been voted “Best Of” by the readers of Pasadena Weekly for eight years in a row. A function-dedicated property, Noor features a number of spaces designed specifically for top-tier celebrations. For an indoor fête, choose from two Art Deco-inspired ballrooms (the larger Sofia ballroom and the more intimate Ella). If something outside appeals, book the room-sized second-story balcony Terrace, which offers views of City Hall and the San Gabriel Mountains.
PADUA HILLS THEATRE - This historic Claremont theatre, perched amongst the San Gabriel Mountains, captures Southern California’s distinctive Spanish-inspired architecture, with its mission-red clay tile rooftops, aged brick walls, and brick pavers located throughout the grounds. Choose from three ceremonial sites, among them, the plaza courtyard, which is located amongst a grove of olive trees and provides views of a chaparral valley below.
THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS - Exclusive and irrefutably sophisticated, this Beverly Hills hotel’s design calls to mind a private Renaissance-style residence. For a manicured, garden aesthetic, choose the Belvedere Terrace or Pool Deck—both of which allow guests to enjoy the temperate SoCal climate. For a more formal feel, opt for the Verandah Ballroom and Terrace, designed with elegant decorative details like chandeliers and vaulted ceilings