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Best westside wedding location?

bern1 Mar 21, 2006 08:19 PM

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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    Sherri Mar 21, 2006 08:56 PM

    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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      SARALEE Mar 21, 2006 09:41 PM

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

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        JL Mar 21, 2006 11:39 PM

        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.

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          DanaB Mar 22, 2006 03:44 AM

          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.

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          Tom M. Mar 21, 2006 09:43 PM

          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.

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            cj Mar 22, 2006 06:04 PM

            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.


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              Ciao Hound Jul 28, 2006 03:07 PM

              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.


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                ayana Jul 28, 2006 06:26 PM

                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.

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                  WestsideLisa Jul 28, 2006 08:33 PM

                  I'm in the midst of planning my October wedding, and I can tell you that your budget will really help you to narrow your options. For example, the Hotel Bel Air requires that you spend a *minimum* of $300/guest for a dinner reception; that was for a Sunday evening. I have heard that the food is excellent.

                  I went with The Beverly Hills Hotel, and we had our menu tasting last week. I thought the food was really good, but I cannot compare it to Bel Air or Michael's, as I have not eaten at either.

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                    Pali Jul 29, 2006 03:15 AM

                    The Hotel Bel Air. We were married there 23 years ago and we still think it's the nicest place in town if we were to do it over again.

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