Burbank Wedding Venue
480 Riverside Drive
Burbank, California 91506
Set against the scenic backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains on 75 beautifully landscaped acres, the L.A. Equestrian Center has hosted everything from celebrity-studded polo matches to Elizabeth Taylor’s perfume launch, and has been used for filming hit movies like Pretty Woman.
What you’ll find here are charming ceremony locations for bridal couples, and an appealing variety of upscale event spaces for celebrants of all kinds—even those with only a passing interest in horses. As an added bonus, the event producers of Calamigos Ranch (best known for hosting decades of special events at their facility in Malibu) have recently brought their experience to this unique locale. So relax and let them coordinate your entire celebration!
One of the favorite sites is the Little White House and Garden Courtyard in the middle of Hunt Field, a vast expanse of lawn enclosed by a traditional white picket fence. From the parking lot, guests stroll along a path that winds through majestic sycamore trees. Some couples like to say their vows under the trees’ graceful boughs, and the entire field can be set up for cocktails for up to a thousand guests. The Little White House, which provides a private dressing room for the bride, is a quaint cottage with French doors that open to the Garden Courtyard, bordered by fragrant rose bushes.
Another option for tying the knot is the raised demi-gazebo at the far end of the Courtyard, where the soothing strains of songbirds accompany a cascading waterfall. And for added romance, many couples opt to come through the Courtyard gates on an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage! After the ceremony, guests amble back across Hunt Field to one of the Center’s private rooms for a formal reception.
Beautiful wrought-iron gates invite you into the Equestrian Ballroom, a sophisticated space with chandeliers and a large bar. Panel doors swivel open to the Equestrian terrace, a lovely spot for post-reception mingling or a garden ceremony among California pines. The garden atmosphere is enhanced by a jasmine-covered trellis, rock waterfall, and views of Griffith Park and the distant mountains. For a different feel, the Grand Prix Room offers a more formal setting with rich red and gold carpeting, spectacular chandeliers and an impressive wood-burning fireplace.
The Polo Room has a comfortable bar and lounge separate from its casually elegant dining room. French doors open onto a veranda, enabling guests to enjoy cocktails outdoors or wander off to observe the equestrian competitions. The horses and the grounds are all impeccably maintained, so everything will be fresh and clean for your event.
Calamigos has prepared an array of tempting event packages that include plenty of extras, and their in-house caterers will happily customize your menu with delicious offerings. All this, and horses too!
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Little White House holds up to 500 seated, Hunt Field Lawn up to 1,000 guests and the Equestrian Terrace up to 250 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility has a variety of areas that accommodate up to 550 seated or 1,200 standing indoors, and 250 to 5,000 seated outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Equestrian Ballroom (divisible into 4 sections) holds 120–800 guests. The Grand Prix Room (divisible into 3 sections) holds 800 guests. The Little White House can accommodate up to 500 guests, seated theater-style.
A $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. 50% of the estimated event total is due 6 months prior to the event; the balance is payable 10 days prior. Wedding packages range $80–120/person and include a half-hour wedding rehearsal, a seated or buffet meal, room rental fees, cake-cutting and a 3-hour hosted champagne, wine and beer package. Tax and a 20% service charge are extra. For other kinds of special events, prices range $50–85/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional. Meetings start at $55/person and include continental breakfast, lunch, room rental fees and 2 breaks with beverages and snacks.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: Chiavari chairs provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided, extra CBA
Parking: ample lot
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: mountains, horse arena, landscaped grounds
Other: coordination, horse-drawn carriage
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors, outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Year-round, daily, 7am–1am.
Alternate Info: Calamigos at the LA Equestrian Center