Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Garden Weddings in the Los Angeles Area

Gardens are always a popular venue for weddings. I wrote a post a few months ago about an LA garden wedding location, and am adding a few other venues for those of you searching for garden wedding venues in the Los Angeles Area:

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA

The Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens in downtown Los Angeles has a unique garden venue for you -- a "Garden in the Sky," located on an outdoor patio on the third floor of the Hotel. The Garden in the Sky is a miniature, half-acre version of an historic 400 year-old, ten-acre garden in Tokyo, complete with lush landscape and flowing streams, with the backdrop of the Los Angeles downtown skyline. This garden venue can accommodate up to 200 guests.

For those couples booking an event with over 100 guests, you will receive:

  • Overnight suite accommodations for the bride and groom
  • Room service
  • champagne breakfast for the bride and groom
  • Menu tasting for two

Los Angeles County Arboretum; Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA

The Los Angeles county Arboretum & Botanic Garden is available for rentals to wedding parties in the months of April through October. Popular wedding sites within the Garden include the Bauer Lawn with surrounding fountains, Queen Anne Cottage lawns, Rose Garden, Waterfall/Meadowbrook, and the Sunset Demonstration Garden. Note that all ceremonies and receptions begin after 5:00 p.m. Fees range from $500 for under 50 guests, up to $2,500 for 25 to 300 guests.

Exposition Park Rose Garden
701 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA

The Rose Garden has been in existence since 1928 and is operated by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks. Closed to the public from January through mid-March, the Rose Garden is a popular garden wedding spot between April and November. The earliest start time for your wedding at the Rose Garden is 9AM; the latest start time is at 2PM. Rentals are for a 2-hour period. The fees are:

1 to 50 people: $250.00
51 to 200 people: $350.00
Additional hour: $50.00

The fees are rental fees only, and do not include other additional fees for folding chairs, banquet table, clean up, etc. For permit information you can email them at

James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 South San Pedro St, Suite 505
Los Angeles, CA

Also known as the "Garden of the Clear Stream," the James Irvine Japanese Garden, located in downtown LA, features a 170 ft. stream flowing from a waterfall. It was built in the tradition of Japanese Gardens and received the National Landscape Award from the American Association of Nurserymen in 1981. The Garden is available for weddings between the hours of 5PM and 9PM on Fridays; and Saturdays and Sundays between 10AM and 2PM and 5PM and 9PM.

For more information email them at or call them at 213-628-2725.