The Allure of the Vintage Wedding Venue
In pursuit of a vintage wedding venue? Los Angeles can be derided for its lack of history, and while many architectural gems have sadly disappeared over the years, numerous breathtaking historic structures remain. An increasingly popular choice with brides and grooms who want a feeling of elevated style, history and old-school glamour, these off-the-beaten path historic treasures may take a little more effort to find, but they are worth it! To make it easier, Eventup has pulled together a list of a few of our favorite vintage venues perfect for tying the knot in style.
Vibiana is one of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles. Called St. Vibiana’s Cathedral when it was owned by the Catholic Church, who used it for over a century as their Los Angeles cathedral and parish, it hearkens back to 1876. Now owned by the City of Los Angeles thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Los Angeles Conservancy, this glorious Baroque-inspired Italianate structure is used for many types of festive events, including glamorous vintage-inspired weddings. This 35,000 square foot baroque space begins with a gilded foyer. The main hall features 45-foot arched ceilings and baroque columns, while the courtyard’s gardens are breathtaking. Vibiana can accommodate from 100 to 800 wedding guests.
Orson Welles Estate
This Hollywood Hills estate has been considered home by such Hollywood luminaries as Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Peter Lorre, and Ida Lupino. The 1926 Cape Cod house has a remarkable history: the screenplay for Citizen Kane, considered by many, including the American Film Institute, to be the best film of all time, was written here by its most notable owner, director Orson Welles. A 3,000 square-foot home on a private 16,000-foot knoll make it perfect for smaller weddings. Amenities include sweeping city views, a swimming pool, and picturesque waterfalls that beautifully offset romantic moments.
Any lover of vintage films knows that movie scenes set in train stations are among the most romantic, making Union Station a beautiful (not to mention unexpected) choice. This golden-age-of-travel train station located in Chinatown, across from Olvera Street, was unveiled in 1939. Surrounded by quintessentially L.A. palm trees, this landmark’s majestic architecture is Spanish Revival with Moorish influences. The waiting area, perfect for taking memorable wedding photos, retains its original elegance with dozens of plush leather-and- wood Art Deco armchairs and vaulted, ornately painted soaring ceilings.
One room that is closed to the general public but available for weddings is the former Main Ticketing Concourse. This spacious room accommodates up to 500 guests if a dance floor is needed, or as many as 1,000 guests for cocktails. It features soaring five-story-high ceilings, tall windows, a gorgeous wooden ticket counter that doubles beautifully as a bar, and grand ironwork chandeliers majestically hanging from hand-painted beams. A formal garden courtyard is another popular wedding site, as is Traxx Restaurant. Though in its current incarnation only since 1997, this elegant Deco-style resto conveys spectacular vintage appeal.