Los Angeles Wedding Venue
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
The Music Center represents all that’s great about L.A.—a strong sense of community, legendary glamour, and unparalleled entertainment. This seven-acre performing arts complex in downtown has been home to outstanding opera, symphony, and live theater for decades, and now you can showcase your special event in one of the Center’s scintillating venues.
Four splendid theaters, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, share a sprawling Plaza that rises above street level like an urban plateau. Whether it’s used alone or in conjunction with one of the upscale theater spaces, the Plaza provides a versatile outdoor setting for any occasion. An abstract stone sculpture “Peace on Earth,” with its romantic dove motif, is poised above a world-famous water court that captivates tourists and locals alike with elaborate aquatic displays. Enclose part of the Plaza for your private use, or fill the entire courtyard with 3,000 of your closest friends. Enhanced with theatrical lighting and specialty décor, sunset wedding ceremonies and nighttime galas take on a mood of enchantment.
Indoor celebrations begin in the Dorothy Chandler’s magnificent lobby, or at the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall, a gleaming, stainless steel-sheathed architectural marvel with its own garden and patio. Each offers a rich ambiance with elegant touches throughout. The highlight of the Pavilion is the stupendous Grand Staircase, decked in marble and flanked by twin reflecting pools where bronzes of dancers seem like graceful ladies-in-waiting. Brides find this opportunity for a dramatic entrance simply irresistible: twin carpeted staircases meet halfway down at a broad landing where the couple says their vows. The cocktail hour can be held on the Pavilion’s terrace, out in the Plaza, or upstairs in the Oval Bar. This sophisticated space boasts dark wood paneling and exotic museum-quality art. Formal, refined receptions are wonderful in the stunning Grand Hall, where guests dine beneath dazzling Bavarian crystal chandeliers. Lofty ceilings are speckled with iridescent mosaics, and the Pavilion’s clear glass façade lets in the sparkling beauty of the Plaza below.
Yet another option is the Fifth Floor, a tastefully appointed ballroom that looks out to the Plaza below through floor-to-ceiling windows. Seating up to 600 for a lavish reception, the Fifth Floor also easily divides into three sections (each with its own entrance) for every phase of an intimate celebration. First, let the view be the backdrop to your ceremony—you can add silk canopies, potted saplings along the aisle, or whatever accoutrements you fancy. Afterwards, champagne flows freely in the center section, where portable bars and lounge seating encourage everyone to unwind. Finally, guests dine and dance in the remainder of the Fifth Floor, illuminated by chandeliers fashioned of ivory prisms. Plush gold draperies frame the tall windows overlooking the water court, lit up at night with spotlights.
The Music Center's luxurious amenities are available exclusively through Patina Catering. These professionals will orchestrate your event with the same expertise that's made them the favorite vendor of blockbuster film premieres, the Emmy® Awards Governor's Ball, the GRAMMY® Awards Celebration, and the L.A. Opera. Patina's attention to detail, personal touches, and stylish flair are a perfect match for the Music Center's opulent event spaces.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoor spaces seat 50–800 guests. Outdoors, the rooftop garden seats 350 and the plaza seats up to 1,800.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Center holds 160–800 seated or 1,000 standing guests. The Plaza accommodates up to 1,800 seated or 3,000 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Fifth Floor holds 450 seated. The Grand Hall with balcony holds 800 seated guests.
50% of the estimated event total is required to secure your date, and the balance is due 1 week prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $500–2,000 depending on the space selected. Meals range $35–200/person. Tax, alcohol, labor and an 18% service charge are additional.
Please note that Music Center security and ushers are required; fees are based on the event duration and spaces rented. Events extending past midnight will incur housekeeping charges. Union fees are applicable for events with special décor and entertainment. Usher and union fees are applicable to all spaces except the Fifth Floor.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided by Patina Catering
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided for up to 450 guests
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided for up to 450 guests
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided, limited availability
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Kosher: kosher-style cuisine
Parking: Music Center garage self-parking $9–20/car, valet CBA
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA, extra charge
Cleanup: CBA, extra charge
View: Hollywood Hills from Fifth Floor and Salvatori Room, Grand Plaza, and Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum
Other: event coordination, grand piano, décor and lighting, sound system
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no helium balloons in Grand Hall
Year-round, daily including holidays, anytime.
Alternate Info: Music Center