Whittier Wedding Venue
1905 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, California 90601
If Las Vegas can have its own version of Paris, France, then Whittier can have its own version of Switzerland. And while it doesn’t include cows grazing on rolling green hills or apple-cheeked children in lederhosen yodeling by a pristine lake, it does boast an interesting establishment, steeped in Swiss heritage and culture.
Founded in 1987 by the Swiss of Southern California, a consortium of Swiss singing groups, Whittier’s Swiss Park Banquet Center serves as a meeting place for expatriates and the site of the annual Swiss Fair. It also hosts wedding receptions, quinceañeras and corporate events.
As you drive into the parking lot, you spot a wood-shingled gabled structure with a Swiss flag proudly billowing in the breeze. The scene does seem lifted straight out of a travel brochure, and suddenly you’re transported to a hamlet in the Alps. Carved wooden doors welcome you inside, where you find yourself in the Alpine Room, which is popular for small receptions and corporate functions. The first thing you notice are the unique decorations: historic national shields of Switzerland and cultural items such as crossbows and alphorns. A vaulted beamed ceiling brings to mind a cozy chalet. There’s also a fully automated miniature train station, complete with ascending and descending trams—sure to be a hit with kids.
The main reception hall is the Matterhorn Room, a grand space with an intricate parquet dance floor and extensive oak wainscoting lining the walls. Light reflected off the wood creates a warm glow, contributing to an elegant, yet intimate, ambiance. The focal point of the room is a sizeable stage that lends itself to a wide range of entertainment. You’ll also find a gleaming full-service bar and dual staircases leading to a versatile balcony. This second-story niche comes in handy for seating extra guests, and its visibility makes it ideal for the bride’s grand entrance (she’ll appreciate the adjacent dressing room, complete with a restroom and full-length mirror).
Outdoor ceremonies and receptions are held in the garden, a park-like setting behind the “chalet.” The whole area is bordered by lush plants and shade trees, and dappled sunlight plays on the soft grass—there’s even a waterwheel trickling into a fountain. A flagstone walkway provides a natural aisle to a quaint gazebo where the couple exchanges vows.
As full-service caterers, Swiss Park’s chefs are happy to customize your menu and can prepare almost any type of cuisine, including Asian, Mexican and Italian. And with an experienced European-trained coordination team available on site, your event is sure to be handled with precision and style.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Garden holds 300 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Matterhorn Room holds 350 seated guests, the Alpine Room up to 120 seated guests.
A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. 33% of the estimated event total is required 6 months in advance of the event, another 33% is required 2 months in advance, and the balance is paid 10 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $195–350 depending on space rented. Buffet dinners start at $25/person, seated dinners at $27/person. Tax, alcohol and an 18% service charge are additional. A $900 ceremony fee includes up to 100 chairs. A $1.75/person cake-cutting fee applies if a cake is brought in from the outside. An additional charge for security may apply.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: large screen and video projection system available, extra charge
Parking: ample, complimentary parking
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, or BYO WC only with corkage fee
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors, outside with time limitations
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, glitter, confetti or birdseed
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily (except Christmas Day), 9am–3pm and 6pm–midnight.