Los Angeles would seem to have nearly endless wedding venues, and it does, which is enough to overwhelm any couple who doesn’t relish the thought of spending an entire year touring sites. But for those who know a beachy wedding isn’t in the cards, and are looking for something a bit urban or architectural, though still with epic views, Downtown LA is a place well worth checking out. This is especially because the openings of a few design-forward hotels and spaces means there are seriously photogenic options these days. Here, a handful of the coolest new Downtown LA wedding venues to say “I do.”
The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
The beyond dreamy new NoMad—LA’s first outpost of the beloved New York City hot spot—has to-die-for decor both inside and on its rooftop, which is one option for couples seeking something unique for their big day. The whole place is Italian-inspired, and the rooftop pool reflects that with massive sculptures and a Mediterranean flair, so while you’re in the middle of a massive city you very well might feel transported. Beyond the pool there’s a covered bar and patio, and a dedicated kitchen allowing for cocktail receptions and seated dinners. The other possibility is the super sexy velvet-clad Mezzanine, which has a more loungey feel and is the perfect place for a dose of drama and drool-worthy design.
After a total multi-year restoration and redesign, this iconic historical landmark is back in business as one of the most magical settings for any couple to become husband and wife. The 1920s Spanish Colonial hotel is romantic and adaptable. Acclaimed chef Casey Lane and mixology mastermind Dushan Zaric have curated six restaurant and bar concepts at the property, meaning you can rest assured everything you and your guests taste will blow you away. For super intimate gatherings perhaps before the main event there is a mirrored private dining space behind a “disappearing” bookcase in one signature suite, and a range of options for the wedding blowout itself, with plenty of art in between to set the mood. The graffiti mural on the outside of the building provides a great backdrop for newlywed photos, too.
In-the-know types and foodies might already know Row DTLA as the home of Smorgasburg LA, a Sunday food market where concepts from around the world hawk mouthwatering fare. The revamped industrial warehouse complex is also fast becoming a fantastic destination for shopping hard-to-find local and international labels, and eating (coffee lovers shouldn’t miss Paramount Coffee Project and Dulce Dos). But perhaps the coolest part is the under-the-radar rooftop where weddings can be booked for up to 400 guests. The skyline vistas are breathtaking, and it’s a beautiful bistro-lit setting for an afternoon into sunset and evening affair—the sound ordinance kicks in at 11 p.m.
Hotel Kim Sing
It’s technically on the verge of Downtown, in historic Chinatown, but the micro-boutique hotel in the relaunched Kim Sing Theatre is like the best-kept secret of all. It’s a 1920s vaudeville theater converted to an unbelievably unique event space, complete with sunken living room with velvet and exposed brick, stunning original bow-truss ceilings and a long, sloping outdoor courtyard lit magically from above that could pull double duty as a ceremony venue and transition into dinner or dancing. Its views of the skyline are beautiful, flanked with tropical trees making it an oasis in the city. And since the self-contained space sleeps 10 across two stories with three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (stocked with fluffy towels and LATHER products) it’s the perfect accessible place to prep for the day.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
How’d you like to make things official atop the tallest building west of Chicago? The InterContinental that opened in DTLA is the Americas’ largest, with 73 floors and an open-air sky deck that can accommodate larger wedding parties. There you can see all the way from the Pacific to the Hollywood sign. Other venues are available, too, like the 20,000-plus square foot Wilshire Grand Ballroom, fitting a variety of sizes. Additionally there’s a private bridal suite and dedicated wedding coordinator who will ensure the five-star international catering options match your taste perfectly.
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
In DTLA’s historic core, this new hotel with industrial-meets-glam interiors is ideal for a wedding that hits on luxury and contemporary styling. Its 22,343-square-foot event space can be transformed for virtually any occasion, and there’s also a top floor lounge, 18 Social, that fits parties of up to 200. It has full entertainment capabilities and has 14-foot glass bifold doors that open out to the roof deck with incomparable views and a spacious pool deck.