Santa Monica, California 90405
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Why We Like This Place
Santa Monica is famous for trendy boutiques and bistros, oceanview resorts and powder-sand beaches…it’s probably the last place you would expect to find a historic Victorian home and garden. Yet tucked inside Heritage Square on Santa Monica’s Main Street, a pale yellow shingled mansion lends a turn-of-the-century gentility to the lively seaside town. This unexpected juxtaposition of old-fashioned glamour in a contemporary coastal milieu makes The Victorian a delightfully intriguing venue for formal banquets, family get-togethers and all sorts of parties—bridal couples in particular are drawn to the home’s heirloom look and storied elegance.
Originally built near the Hotel Miramar in 1892 as the residence of one the neighborhood’s founding families, the two-story building was moved to its current location in 1973. Heritage Square is a prime pocket of nostalgic architecture, with the California Heritage Museum and its sprawling lawn on one side and The Victorian on the other. Completely and carefully renovated, The Victorian has had its main rooms enlarged and added an exclusive speakeasy for a total of 15,000 square feet of event space including the landscaped grounds.
A brick path leading to the front door (and lined with candles and twinkle lights at night) curves among oak trees, blooming flowers and outdoor seating. As you enter, you’re greeted by a polished oak bar, a congenial spot for cocktails, as are the home’s two patios. Throughout, the décor is characteristic of the late 19th century—a mixture of fine antique furnishings, classical artwork and candles.
Couples often exchange vows upstairs in a lovely room with a built-in bar for champagne toasts and a covered veranda for pre-ceremony mingling. Open-air ceremonies are held on the Heritage Museum lawn or even on the beach, a short walk from here.
There’s plenty of room both indoors and out for a sit-down reception or elegant buffet. The intimate main dining room features an octagonal enclave framed by tall windows at one corner, perfect for the bride and groom’s table or to showcase the wedding cake. A line of French doors opens to a terrace, where guests sit among trees that seem to grow right up from the wooden floor and through the canopy. The terrace is enclosed for warmth and comfort, and guests are soothed by the sound of a nearby waterfall.
The Victorian boasts an experienced staff that will help you make the most of this unique property. They’ve even put together an inclusive wedding package that covers: meal service by their in-house caterer; beer, wine, champagne and soft bar; rental fee; on-site parking; a spacious dance floor; tables, linens and Chiavari chairs; and setup and breakdown—in other words, an easy and stress-free way to entertain.
The quaint home and its tranquil garden are awash in vintage charm, yet the salty tang in the air reminds visitors that the rolling waves are just one block away. With plenty of lodging options close by, your out-of-town guests will be thrilled with the opportunity to explore the local scene. Whether you fancy a cozy gathering or a lavish gala, the hospitality offered by The Victorian will lend your celebration the romantic sophistication of a bygone era.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 200
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated Indoors: 200
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 450
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400
- Max. Seated: 200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Main Room holds 200 seated guests, the Museum Lawn up to 400, and the Upstairs Room up to 130 seated. A beach ceremony is also an option.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the house accommodates 24–200 seated or 40–450 standing. Outdoors, the lawn holds 300 seated or 400 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces hold 30–200 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required upon booking to secure your date. An additional $1,500 (also nonrefundable) is due 1 month from the initial deposit, 50% of the estimated event total is due 6 months prior and the the remaining 50% is due 2 months prior to the event. Holiday rates apply. Guaranteed guest count is due 14 days prior and final payment is due 10 business days prior to the event.
Wedding packages run approximately $135/person depending on menu selected and guest count; the package price includes the site rental, sit-down dinner, dance floor, linens, Chiavari chairs, valet parking, and 3-hour bar service. Other special events begin at approximately $80/person for seated or cocktail-style receptions; tax, alcohol and a 20% service fee are additional. An extra fee applies to events on Saturday nights (and there is a food & beverage minimum). An outside coordinator is required.
Full-day meeting packages start at approximately $75/person including breakfast buffet, lunch, afternoon snack and unlimited nonalcoholic beverage service.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible 1st floor only
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: provided
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: 100-car lot with attendant, valet CBA
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Kosher: outside kosher caterer with approval
Venue ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors until 1:30am
Wheelchair Access: main floor only
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice or sparklers
Alternate Info: Victorian at Heritage Square