BRIDES Southern California: Quintessential Los Angeles Activities to Entertain Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

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Los Angeles Activity Ideas for Wedding Guests

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When it comes to a Los Angeles wedding, out-of-town guests will likely be just as excited about the ceremony as they will be about exploring the city. To make sure guests are entertained in between all the wedding festivities, we've crafted a fun itinerary filled with quintessential Los Angeles activities that will show them all the best that the city has to offer.

1. Hang out at the beach
It's always sunny in Los Angeles, so hitting the beach is a definite must for out-of-towners. They can ride the Ferris wheel and eat seafood at the iconic Santa Monica Pier — or rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast. Venice Beach also lures in tourists — and with good reason. The laid-back beach town is decidedly eccentric and rife with a distinct personality you won't experience anywhere else.

2. Explore L.A.'s museums
Your culture-loving out-of-town guests will go gaga for L.A.'s abundance of museums. Let them feast their eyes on the twinkling lights of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) Instagram-worthy Urban Light installation. Then, head up the Pacific Coast Highway to explore the ancient Greek and Roman treasures and picturesque gardens inside Getty Villa. Downtown L.A. is also vibrant with cultural spots namely the new The Broad museum, which has quickly become a must-see destination for locals and visitors alike.

3. Go for a scenic hike
Hiking through one of LA's many, many trails is the only way guests can truly soak in the splendor of the city of Los Angeles — not to mention a great way to rejuvenate themselves for a night of dancing at the reception. From the celebrity-frequented Runyon Canyon to a waterfall hike in Malibu, L.A. has an abundance of trails worthy of exploring, but you simply can't go wrong with Griffith Park thanks to its spectacular views of the landmark Hollywood sign.

4. Go on a shopping spree
You can't visit Los Angeles and not indulge in some retail therapy. Guide your guests to the city's best shopping haunts including The Grove and the beachside Third Street Promenade. For indie boutiques unique to L.A., invite them to pay a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. And if they're into luxury shopping (or just want to sight see L.A.'s most famous shopping stretch), the lush, palm tree-lined Rodeo Drive is the way to go.

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5. Taste Los Angeles' best cuisine
L.A.'s claim to fame was its starry Hollywood culture. But today, one of the city's main draws is its unique culinary scene bursting with flavor. For a taste of French cuisine, take your guests to Republique, while sushi enthusiasts can head to the beachfront Nobu in Malibu and take sunset selfies with the glittering Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. To really wow their taste buds, look to Baco Mercat in Downtown L.A .and order one of the restaurant's signature bacos, a delicious flatbread sandwich filled with pork belly and beef carnitas.

For Los Angeles wedding stationers, planners, bands, and venues that'll make your nuptials the ultimate guest-approved soirée, head to our Local Vendors page!

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