Los Angeles Wedding Venue
800 North Alameda Street, Ste 100
Los Angeles, California 90012
Ever notice how train travel always looks so romantic in old movies, with lovers joyfully greeting or tearfully saying goodbye as a train whistle blows? Perhaps it’s those grand old railway stations that set the stage for drama, with few as grand as Union Station, a paradigm of Art Deco artistry.
Arguably L.A.‘s most recognizable landmark, it positively exudes a sense of excitement. Completed in 1939, this Spanish Revival masterpiece has ceilings that can soar to 50 feet and decorative touches that tempt even the most harried modern commuter to stop for a moment and admire them. Even better, some of the station’s most amazing sites are reserved exclusively for weddings, events and film shoots.
The main terminal, marked by its distinctive tower, opens onto a concourse with various waiting rooms stretching out in front of you. But directly to your left is the original Main Ticketing Concourse, blocked off to the general public these days. Majestic in feel, this great room has a Moorish influence with tall windows lining one wall and magnificent ironwork chandeliers suspended from the crossbeam ceiling, painted in green and black and rising more than five stories. Opposite the windows, there’s an antique wooden ticket counter, which runs the length of the room and can double as a bar or cocktail area. Hidden behind the counter are several spacious back rooms where the bride and groom can get ready. This palatial-sized space can easily seat 500 with a dance floor or accommodate 1,000 for cocktails in an unforgettable setting.
Outside and to the right of the main terminal is the South Patio, a formal garden set back from the street for a courtyard feel. Flanked by white concrete pillars and planted with flowerbeds in a circular design, this is a favorite ceremony site.
On the other side of the patio is the phenomenal Fred Harvey Restaurant, once part of an upscale chain sponsored by the railroads. Immortalized in the Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls, most of the restaurants closed in the late 60s. Fortunately, this vibrant gem has been maintained as a showstopper event venue. Brass-and-glass doors open to a huge main room with a knockout tile floor patterned after a Navajo rug. The design theme is Native American-meetsArt Deco and the combination works beautifully, at once very retro and very hip. Raised circular booths covered in leather line the sides, and a large horseshoe-shaped bar in the center of the room can be set up for a buffet or cake-cutting ceremony. A brass-railed balcony is a perfect spot for your band or DJ, and there’s a fabulous art moderne cocktail lounge off the main room that boasts a copper bar and mirrors with “encapsulated” bubbles.
This has to be one of the coolest and most unique spots in L.A…a memorable treat for your awestruck guests who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to see it.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 600 seated guests indoors and 550 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 500 seated or 1,000 standing guests indoors, and 350 seated or 1,000 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 600 seated guests.
50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $6,000–10,000 depending on the space rented.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: no
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: limited, valet available, garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: cityscape, garden patio, landscaped grounds
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily; call for details.
Alternate Info: LA Union Station