L.A. in Love: Utterly Unique Wedding Venues

Why not say your vows in front of manta rays or aboard a vintage rail car?
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Nobody wants their wedding day to be an average affair. Do you know anyone who’d prefer that their big day just be… meh? Here are a few unusual places in L.A. where you can pledge your eternal devotion to each other.

Inside the Last Silent Movie Theater in the USA

The Cinefamily, a nonprofit dedicated to “presenting interesting and unusual programs of distinctive, weird, and wonderful films”, runs this 184-seat Art Deco theatre on Fairfax Avenue. Contact one of their event planners, and you can recite your vows onstage in front of friends and family (DVD and BluRay projection included). All-you-can-eat popcorn is a nice touch, as is you and your intended’s names on the marquee. The twinkly lit Spanish Patio in back is great for receptions. More info

The Cinefamily
The Cinefamily

Photograph courtesy Facebook/The Cinefamily


Alongside the Fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is one of the premier aquariums in the country—just ask the vast array of seahorses and jellies that reside there. Weddings takes place in the main hall underneath the giant floating whale models, in front of the three-story Blue Cavern exhibit, and outside in the Shark Lagoon. You can invite up to 200 guests, there are cocktail hour add-ons in the galleries, and personalized Aquarium of the Pacific event tickets, among many other ideas that their event planners will help you whip up. The best part? You have the Aquarium all to yourself. More info

Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Karen


Aboard a Vintage Train Car

LARail.com offers five vintage rail cars available for private charter, complete with a traditionally attired crew for a moving (literally) ceremony and reception no one will ever forget. You can have your event as the restored cars from the ‘40s and ‘50s sit majestically at DTLA’s Union Station or as you leisurely make your way to San Diego, Santa Barbara, or another destination on the Amtrak line. The Silver Splendor even boasts a sleek dining lounge on a second level. More info

The Silver Splendor
The Silver Splendor

Photograph courtesy Facebook/Alex Gillman


On the Field at The Rose Bowl

You can have up to 3,500 seated or 7,500 for a reception if you are lucky enough to book The Rose Bowl field in Pasadena—the iconic stadium where yearly college bowl games have been played since 1902. If you can find an open date, your special day can be reserved for around $15,000. The video board package? You’re gonna want that. More info

The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl

Photograph courtesy Lori Yohe, thepurpletree.com

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