Los Angeles Wedding Venue
214 South Main Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
They say there are no second acts in life, but the magnificent Vibiana has an exciting new focus under the direction of husband-and-wife restaurateurs Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser, along with partner Bill Chait. Neal has long been one of L.A.‘s premier chefs, having worked with culinary luminaries such as Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck. He’s also the first California chef to win the prestigious Iron Chef America TV show. Together, the Frasers bring their hand-crafted approach to food and event services to this full-service venue that’s a star in its own right: Not only is Vibiana an architectural treasure, it’s also a “take your breath away” setting for weddings, concerts and special occasions.
Designed in the Spanish Baroque style and patterned after San Miguel Del Mar in Barcelona, Vibiana (originally St. Vibiana’s Cathedral) was built in 1876 as the Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles. Over the next century it flourished—until the 1994 Northridge earthquake, when it suffered some severe damage. Eventually, one of L.A.‘s most respected developers began a long and expensive process to completely retrofit, redefine and revitalize Vibiana.
Mindful of maintaining the integrity of this landmark, the developer strengthened and secured the building while keeping its original beauty and appearance intact. At first glance, the limestone exterior may still resemble a church, but the site has been desanctified and its massive double doors thrown open to welcome celebrants of all backgrounds, faiths and persuasions. In short, it’s now secular heaven.
The foyer entryway is dazzling with its gold embellished barrel ceilings and black-and-white marble floor. To your left are massive glass-and-iron doors that lead to a beautiful garden on the property’s grounds at Main and Second. Surrounded by tall wrought-iron fencing and enough greenery to ensure privacy, it has a long center aisle that ends at a landscaped island, a natural spot for exchanging your vows. From this verdant vantage point, you can look up and see such notable buildings as City Hall and the historic L.A. Times Building, both of which light up at night making the cityscape come alive.
But it’s Vibiana’s interior and its truly grand proportions that make this a one-of-a-kind wedding location. It’s an architectural marvel with soaring gilded ceilings, an abundance of white marble, and clerestory windows that let in natural light. Long rows of white columns on either side stand in contrast to the deeply burnished dark wood floors. At the far end, the old altar is now an impressive white marble stage with plenty of space to set up your sweetheart table, make toasts or bring in a band (the acoustics here are great). While the grandeur of the old cathedral can be seen in the scale of the venue, some features have been re-imagined in fun new ways, like the old confessionals, which can be turned into photo booths for your guests. Perhaps it’s this combination of putting a modern spin on Old World beauty that’s made Vibiana such a runaway success since the day it opened.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 600 seated guests indoors and 300 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 600 seated or 789 standing guests indoors, and 300 seated or 500 standing outdoors.
50% of the venue rental fee and a $2,500 food & beverage deposit are required to reserve your date. 50% of the estimated food & beverage total is due no later than 60 days after booking your event. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the event along with a $1,000 refundable damage deposit. Rental fees range $4,000–8,000 depending on the event date.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided, extra fee
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: valet available
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: cityscape, garden
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: allowed outside in the garden
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, 9am–2am.