16 One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Venues That Could Only Exist In L.A.

Photo: Courtesy of Lori Shepler.
Wedding season is here, which means your summer calendar is filled with evenings at hotel ballrooms and country clubs — all the tried-and-true venues for tying the knot. Sure, it may seem a touch monotonous, but you can’t really blame your engaged friends for sticking to these familiar spots. As any soon-to-be-married couple will tell you, just like searching for "The One," finding the perfect wedding location isn’t easy.

But leave it to us Angelenos to pin down some creative spots for a truly memorable ceremony and reception. For those couples who prefer to kick tradition to the curb, Los Angeles offers plenty of offbeat options. Whether it’s dancing the night away on a ranch straight out of the Wild, Wild West or saying “I do” in a silent-movie theater in West Hollywood, there are plenty of out-of-the-box locales to suit anyone’s sensibility. Keep reading to check out our roundup of 16 crazy spots where L.A.'s quirkiest couples get hitched.
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Photo: Courtesy of Dodger Stadium.
Dodger Stadium
The baseball-stadium proposal may have already been done (see: Kanye and Kim), but you can still throw your wedding bash at one. Available year-round on non-game dates, Dodger Stadium comes with complimentary parking for your guests and plenty of location options for the ceremony and reception. You can exchange vows on home plate and enjoy dinner on the infield or inside the Stadium Club. (Just cross your fingers there aren’t any diehard Giants fans in your party.)

Dodger Stadium
, 1000 Elysian Park Avenue (near Stadium Way); 323-224-1507.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lori Shepler.
Aquarium Of The Pacific
Picture walking down the aisle as your friends, family, and a bunch of California moray eels and sea bass look on — a perk of getting married at the renowned Long Beach aquarium. You’ll kick off your ceremony in front of the Blue Cavern, a breathtaking three-story exhibit filled with swaying kelp and sea creatures, then move into the Great Hall for the catered dinner. The aquarium’s typical wedding package includes a four-hour site rental, and depending on the arrangements you’ve made, guests can mingle while exploring the other aquatic exhibits.

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way (near West Shoreline Drive); 562-951-1663.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sloan Photographers.
Paramount Ranch
Only in Los Angeles can a bride walk down the aisle where Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was shot for years. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this former movie ranch — once owned by Paramount Pictures and used as a filming location for many Hollywood westerns — is the ideal environment to create a little rustic romance. Since the National Park Service now owns the property, you must request a wedding permit, an extra step that’ll be well worth it once you see your guests Instagramming photos of the quaint Old West movie sets.

Paramount Ranch
, 2903 Cornell Road (near Paramount Ranch Drive); 805-370-2301.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vibiana.
Vibiana
If you think Vibiana looks an awful lot like a church, you’re right. Once the city’s first Catholic Archdiocese cathedral, the place still retains its Spanish Baroque-inspired facade, but indoors it’s been transformed into a secular space for large-scale, glamorous affairs. Naturally, many brides have chosen the site for their special day, and not least because of its incredible acoustics, gorgeous vaulted ceilings, dramatic marble columns, and black-and-white marble floor. The coolest part? The cathedral’s old confessionals can be turned into photo booths, while the altar is now a white marble stage practically begging for a live band.

Vibiana
, 214 South Main Street (at West 2nd Street); 213-626-1507.
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Photo: Courtesy of Silent Movie Theatre.
Silent Movie Theatre
Booking a silent-movie theater might seem like an oddball choice, but if you’re a cinema buff, you’ll love this Art Deco landmark. Other than the obvious benefits of fêting your wedding at a theater (like a killer sound system, DVD and Blu-ray projection for your slideshow, and DJ turntables or karaoke for the after-party), you'll get a touch of Old Hollywood glamour, with guests walking down the red carpet and a marquee lit up with your name.

Silent Movie Theatre
, 611 North Fairfax Avenue (near Clinton Street); 323-655-2510.
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Photo: Courtesy of loftSEVEN Penthouse.
loftSEVEN Penthouse
Fancy yourself a city girl? Then you’ll want an appropriately metropolitan wedding soiree at loftSEVEN, a 12th-floor downtown penthouse suitable for those with a sleek, contemporary aesthetic. The private residence features color-changing LED lights, a caterer’s kitchen, 12-speaker sound system, and thrilling 360-degree skyline views from the rooftop — perfect for up to 200 guests to dance the night away under the stars. And in case a post-wedding soak with your bridal party sounds appealing, there’s even a Jacuzzi mounted on top of the rooftop’s helipad.

loftSEVEN Penthouse
, 219 West 7th Street (at South Broadway); 213-290-4055.
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Photo: Courtesy of Russell Gearhart Photography.
The Last Bookstore
Guests might be surprised that your nuptials are taking place at a secondhand bookstore, but this quirky downtown space — a labyrinth of volumes housed in a former bank, complete with vaults, tunnels, and hidden passageways — will charm them instantly. And if you’re after great photo-ops, the building’s original details, including soaring marble columns and mosaic floors, make for an incredibly picturesque backdrop.

The Last Bookstore
, 453 South Spring Street (at West 5th Street); 213-488-0599.
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Photo: Courtesy of Russell Gearhart Photography.
Page Museum At La Brea Tar Pits
This Miracle Mile location makes for a surprisingly scenic wedding, especially if you hold your ceremony on the museum’s upper terrace, which overlooks an open-air atrium and leafy courtyard. A seated dinner can take place inside, where guests can marvel at the displays of Ice Age animal bones excavated from the tar pits. Although dining beside prehistoric skeletons may not sound romantic to everyone, special lighting, music, and decorative touches will help set the scene for a memorable evening. Here’s hoping your matrimonial bliss will last as long as the fossils.

Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
, 5801 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Curson Avenue); 213-763-3221.
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Photo: Courtesy of HNYPT.
HNYPT
We know “natural light” is a totally overused real estate phrase, but that’s precisely why this downtown studio is a top-notch contender as a wedding venue. Thanks to three skylights, HNYPT (in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “honeypot”) is flooded with bright sunlight during the day, ideal for picture-taking. The 2,500-square-foot space also features exposed brick walls, a unique triangular pitched roof, and impressive 20-foot ceilings. Out-of-towners will also appreciate its walking-distance proximity to Staples Center and L.A. Live.

HNYPT
, 212 West 12th Street (near South Hill Street); 213-769-8040.
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Photo: Courtesy of Maya Myers.
SmogShoppe
Once a smog-check center in the '80s, this Culver City spot is now a wonderfully decorated green space — and we mean “green” in every sense. The 100% solar-powered building was largely constructed from salvaged or green-certified materials, and it boasts a lush courtyard filled with succulents and other desert plants. As a bonus, brides can enjoy a private dressing area with a bird’s-eye view of the venue, so you can check out who’s there before making your grand entrance.

SmogShoppe,
2651 South La Cienega Boulevard (at Cullen Street); 310-837-3610.
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Photo: Courtesy of Amy and Stuart Photography.
Big Daddy's Antiques
Sure, choosing an old furniture store for your wedding is an unexpected move, but the decision makes plenty of sense, especially if you want to create a warm, comfortable ambiance. Because it’s basically a giant warehouse already stocked with interesting, one-of-a-kind pieces and staged to look like an exquisitely decorated living/dining room, your loved ones will feel right at home celebrating your nuptials.

Big Daddy's Antiques
, 3334 La Cienega Place (near West Jefferson Boulevard); 310-769-6600.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cooper Design Space.
Cooper Design Space
This industrial building in the Fashion District, better known for hosting sample sales, has an eleventh-floor penthouse that offers the perfect blank canvas for a wedding. Minimalists will immediately take to the stark, urban space: 22,000 square feet of whitewashed expanse that includes lofty floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete floors, and views of downtown. But even if you have more ornate sensibilities, it’ll be fun realizing the raw potential of this enormous place, which has standing capacity for more than 1,000 people.

Cooper Design Space
, 860 South Los Angeles Street (at East 9th Street); 213-627-3754.
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Photo: Courtesy of Heritage Square Museum.
Heritage Square Museum
Vintage-inspired weddings are certainly on the rise, but for a truly vintage theme, you might want to consider hosting your ceremony and banquet at the Heritage Square Museum. The open-air space celebrates Los Angeles’ Victorian architectural history (yes, we have one) with a village of carefully preserved 19th-century residences, a three-gable carriage barn, and more. Plus, the museum can accommodate intimate gatherings inside the opulent Perry Mansion, as well as larger parties outside its collection of historic homes.

Heritage Square Museum
, 3800 Homer Street (near East Avenue 43); 323-225-2700.
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Photo: Courtesy of Braedon Flynn.
The Unique Space
The Unique Space — a choice spot for a cool, unpretentious downtown wedding — lives up to its name. For proof, simply tour the building, which is over 100 years old but has been modernized with a custom-wallpapered restroom, marble bar, rooftop patio, and other details. Despite its spacious, 3,500-square-foot floor plan, you’ll still get a cozy, intimate vibe thanks to exposed brick walls and wood floors. The attached parking lot, which comes with a graffiti wall, is even bigger and can be converted into an open-air dance floor or used as a convenient parking area for guests.

The Unique Space
, 1275 East 6th Street (near Alameda Street); 213-486-9821.
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Photo: Courtesy of Doctor's House Museum.
Doctor's House Museum & Gazebo
Another hidden gem with an intriguing historical background, this restored Victorian home was originally built in 1888 and owned by several physicians (hence its name), then occupied by silent-screen star Nell Shipman. While you’re not allowed to throw your event indoors, feel free to say “I do” beneath the outdoor gazebo and host your party on the beautifully landscaped lawn. Even better, the home is part of Glendale’s verdant Brand Park, a striking setting for professional wedding photos.

Doctor's House Museum & Gazebo
, 1601 West Mountain Street (near Western Avenue); 818-548-3782.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ryon Lockhart Photography.
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch
There’s something about getting married in an old library that gives your wedding a sense of gravitas. And since not all libraries have the built-in elegance of the Los Angeles Public Library’s downtown branch, which features a majestic rotunda, it’d be a shame not to take advantage of the venue. For convenience, have your sit-down dinner at Café Pinot, a restaurant right by the library and situated in a gorgeous garden that accommodates up to 300. But fair warning: Securing approvals from city officials can be a hassle, so it’s best to start planning earlier rather than later.

Los Angeles Public Library – Central Branch
, 630 West 5th Street (near Flower Street); 213-228-7000.
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