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Mar 21, 2006 08:19 PM

Best westside wedding location?

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I just got engaged and am scouting possible locations for an autumn wedding.

This will be medium sized (~120) and good food is as high a priority as ambiance.

So far Michael's on 3rd street in Santa Monica is top of the list and has beaten out Spago and Casa del Mar.

Anyone other recs for me? Much appreciated.


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  1. The Bel Air Hotel. Wonderful food and a setting that cannot be beaten - this place was made for a romantic wedding. Congratulations and good luck.

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    1. re: Sherri

      HOTEL BEL AIR> I was married there 12 years ago. Nothing is more beautiful or elegant, including the food.

      1. re: Sherri

        A third vote for Hotel Bel-Air - it'll always be near and dear to my wife and I.

        The setting, service and food were all simply exceptional. Even our photographer thanked us for giving him such a nice backdrop. Two years later, our guests are still talking about it. It's worth every cent.

        1. re: Sherri

          Fourth the recommendation for the Hotel Bel Air.

          Another thought would be to rent the Adamson House (on PCH in Malibu) and do your own catering. The wedding I went to there was perhaps the best I've been to in LA. Google "Adamson House" and the info will come up.

          Don't do the Ritz Carlton in the Marina.

        2. We were married at The Victorian, in Santa Monica on Main Street. It's that, well, Victorian mansion near Ocean Park. It comfortably fit 125 ppl., and we used it for both the wedding and the dinner reception, with a cocktail hour upstairs while they reconfigured the downstairs space. The location works with a very good caterer (or at least they did 5 years ago), and the food was good (what I got to taste of it.) Very romantic setting, particularly for an evening wedding.

          Also much more reasonably priced than, for example, Casa del Mar or Shutters.

          1. Fifth recommendation for Hotel Bel Air.

            I'd also recommend you check Ritz Carlton Huntington in Pasadena. The gardens are beautiful, there's an onsite glorious spa (for the bride to be and bridesmaids), and the food is definitely worth every cent.

            Have you checked Decanso Gardens in LaCanada? I'm unsure as to what flowers will be in season in autumn, but it's always a wedding favorite, too.


            1. Hey Jeff,

              Did you decide on a place for your wedding?

              I recently got engaged as well, and am looking at a lot of the same places as you.


              1. i got married at the Adamson House 2 years ago, it's absolutely stunning there and you can bring any caterer you want. But apparently their prices went way up since I got married there.

                on the Los Angeles Conservancy website, they have a long list of historic buildings in LA where you can get married.