California dreaming — it always rings true. The prominent sun, surfer’s beaches, and stylish nightlife all combine to make LA one of the coolest places on earth — in climate and in temperament. Seriously. LA brings out the brightest and liveliest in all of us (despite the traffic), which makes it the perfect spot for a destination wedding or local celebration for couples lucky enough to live in an urban paradise.
When to Go
Best Weather Months: You really can’t go wrong getting married in California any time of the year, considering how many flock to the state just for the weather. It’s one of the few places where you can actually get away with having an outside wedding WITHOUT a tent (though it’s always better to be safe than sorry). Spring and fall months are the most apt times to visit, with March-May and September-November being your best bets.
Worst Weather Months: June to early September marks the peak tourist season and the highest for the sweltering heat. Though if you’re getting married in Santa Monica, Malibu, or anywhere else along the coast you’ll often have temperatures up to 15+ degrees lower than inland spots.
How to Get There
Major Airports: LAX – Los Angeles International Airport, LA/Ontario International Airport, John Wayne Airport
Transportation: Uber and Taxi service are readily available. You can also use the bus and rail service with LA metro trains.
Best Neighborhoods for Out-of-Town Guests
Santa Monica: Guests will not only be delighted by the shops, surf, and strolling, but the gorgeous views of the cascading cliffs and cerulean blues of the ocean just in sight. A drive along a palm tree-lined street and a visit to the Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, and of course the Santa Monica Pier (I definitely recommend a ride on the Ferris Wheel) are a must for guests. Hotels include Shutters, The Viceroy, and the Travelodge. Click here to see the full list.
Silverlake: Deemed the “Best Hipster Neighborhood” in the United States by Forbes and one of the country’s best “Big City Neighborhoods” by Money magazine, Silverlake has all of the coolest shops, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops for a Sunday pick-me-up for guests (we recommend at stop at Intelligentsia Coffee). The stretch of Sunset Boulevard runs through the neighborhood, making it the perfect locale for a leisurely walk and an opportune view for the stylish Modernist architecture.
Best Spot for Wedding Photos
The Griffith Observatory is one of the most gorgeous sites in Los Angeles, located just about the Los Feliz neighborhood (another great place to visit for out-of-town guests). It first opened in 1935, and if it looks familiar it’s because it’s in Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean and other movies such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator Genisys. The views from the Observatory are some of the best in the city, and the Planetarium is small but definitely worth checking out. NOTE: The Observatory allows photography for personal use inside and outside the building. This includes by a professional photographer for personal use (such as a wedding photographer working for an engaged couple). According to their Observatory’s website, “Taking photographs must not interfere with or displace other Observatory visitors or their access to, or use of, the Observatory and its grounds or with Observatory staff or activities.”
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday): 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Weekends (Saturday – Sunday): 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where to Get Your Marriage License
Beverly Hills Location:
9355 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ceremonies: Wednesdays and Fridays, by appointment only
Local Wedding Vendors
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