Brides and grooms-to-be could tie the knot in the usual church, park or museum, but there are also several unique Los Angeles wedding venues for couples who want to break the norm for their wedding.
Brides and grooms-to-be could tie the knot in the usual church, park or museum, but there are also several unique Los Angeles wedding venues for couples who want to break the norm for their wedding. Here is a selection of some of our favorites. Wayfarers Chapel Known as the “tree chapel,” Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes is made mostly of glass and is nestled in trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The non-denominational chapel, built as a national memorial to Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, accommodates up to 100 guests for day and candlelit evening ceremonies. It's great for ceremonies, however, the chapel does not accommodate receptions. The Trump National Golf Club is a popular place nearby for wedding receptions. SmogShoppe Back in the 1980s, SmogShoppe used to be just that—a smog check center. Today, it's Culver City venue with 6,500-square-feet of indoor/outdoor event space filled with vintage furniture and desert plants. The garden courtyard can accommodate up to 175 people for wedding ceremonies. SmogShoppe also has a grand hall with 15-foot ceilings, a 20-foot digital projection screen with surround sound, space for a DJ and a private dressing area known as the “Crow's Nest.” [caption id="attachment_4938" align="alignright" width="210" caption="A table setting at SmogShoppe."][/caption] Paramount Studios With weddings on the storied Paramount Studio Lot, brides and grooms can choose to walk down the aisle almost anywhere inside the famous white gates—from the New York street set to the Blue Sky Tank. Founded in 1912, Paramount is the longest operating major film studio and has occupied this 26-acre space in Melrose since 1926. The Cinefamily Nupitals are anything but silent at the Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theater. The Fairfax theater provides DVD and Blu Ray projection for renters of the theater, along with the following services: video games on the big screen, karaoke, DJ turntables, red carpet, and all-you-can-eat popcorn for guests. The Spanish patio, which has a granite-topped bar, can be used for receptions. Whimsical Alley For brides and grooms who wish they could get married at Hogwarts, Whimsical Alley comes close to fulfilling that desire. This Harry Potter-centric store on Wilshire Boulevard has a replica of the Great Hall from the series' wizardry school that can seat up to 100 people for a ceremony. Whimsical Alley is home to everything from J.K. Rowling's world of wizards, including the famous butterbeer. Article and photos by Mallory Carra, a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Facebook Tweet Linkedin Pinterest Google + Interested in becoming a Contributor?