LGBTQ Wedding Venues and Information
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West Hollywood has long been at the center of the gay marriage movement, and stands today as a shining example of a community where people from all walks of life coexist in harmony, acceptance and prosperity. There’s a wonderful feeling that we can take a deep breath, smile, and celebrate a major step forward for gays, lesbians, questioning youth and all other people who strive for equality. Gay weddings and marriage are waiting for you in West Hollywood. Host your gay wedding with us!
Getting your marriage license
Marriage licenses in Los Angeles County are issued by the Los Angeles County Clerk. A marriage license can be issued on the day of application from any L.A. County Registrar Branch Offices during the hours listed (the Beverly Hills branch office is closest to West Hollywood). Processing usually takes approximately one hour, depending on client volume and location. By law, both parties must appear together to complete the application and pay the required fee, which is $90 for a public license and $85 for a confidential license. The license cannot be issued by mail.
For quick and easy processing, begin your license application online. Once you complete the online application you can come to the branch office to pick up your marriage license, pay the license fee and make an appointment for a civil marriage ceremony, if desired. You must have a license before you can make an appointment for a civil ceremony.
Civil Marriage Ceremonies
In order to be legally married, you must have a marriage ceremony (either a private ceremony or civil ceremony) within 90 days of obtaining your marriage license. Civil marriage ceremonies can be scheduled at any of these L.A. County Registrar Branch Offices at the listed times. Civil marriage ceremonies must be scheduled in advance with a valid marriage license. Civil ceremonies cost $25.00 and require the presence of at least one witness. A witness may be hired from the county for an additional $18.
Private wedding ceremonies in West Hollywood
If you want to be married in the City of West Hollywood, you can plan a private ceremony at one of our many hotels and event venues! Check out our list of hotels and nontraditional wedding venues below for more location information. For help planning your special ceremony or reception, visit our meetings and event planning page.
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Non-Traditional Wedding Venues in West Hollywood
The Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard was one of the birthplaces of the modern rock ‘n’ roll scene – and it’s still the go-to venue for both established and emerging artists. A little-known fact about the Roxy, however, is that a small, private key-access club that once hosted Hollywood’s elite musicians, movie stars and celebrities is located right above the Roxy. On The Rox is now a VIP lounge that hosts musical performances, parties, after-parties and private events, complete with its own bar, dance floor and lounge area. Best of all, guests enter through a side door and staircase to remain separate from The Roxy Theatre’s happenings downstairs. If you want an exclusive, intimate wedding or reception area (up to 75 people), with a rock ‘n’ roll flavor, email VIP@theroxy.com to find out more information about booking On The Rox.
In addition to a shimmering rooftop pool, Petit Ermitage has an entire private rooftop club. With 360 degree views of the Hollywood Hills, the Garden, Butterfly Bar, Firedeck and Masters Lounge provide for the perfect setting for your moderate to large-sized wedding and reception (up to 120 people.) Exchange “I do’s” in the beautiful green Garden, celebrate with food and toasts at the Butterfly Bar, then mingle with your guests and receive congratulations around the pool and fireplace well into the night. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310.967.6324 for more information about booking Petit Ermitage’s Private Rooftop Club.
If you’re looking for an elegant setting that also has delicious food for your wedding reception, try Cecconi’s. The Butterfly Room is Cecconi’s adjacent private dining room, which features seating for up to 40 guests. You’ll get to personalize your experience as you choose from round, rectangular or oval tables or close off the area with a Venetian curtain for a smaller guest list. Your guests will have a private entrance to maintain intimacy, as well as a small outdoor cocktail area to enjoy West Hollywood’s beautiful weather. Cecconi’s extensive wine list, as well as selections from their a la carte, cicchetti and pizzette courses. For inquiries, email email@example.com or call 310.432.2000.
Want to make your wedding an event that none of your guests will ever forget? The bride without budget can venture to the architectural masterpiece that is the Pacific Design Center. Whether you have 500 or 2,500 guests, the Pacific Design Center will have a venue for your wedding. Have your ceremony on the Pacific Design Plaza, in the Blue Atrium or the Blue Lobby. Then migrate to on-site Red Seven or Spectra, both Wolfgang Puck restaurants with fine cuisine and built-in bars, for your reception. The best part is not worrying about getting the perfect pictures. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a wedding photo by one of the PDC’s unique fountains against the blue, red and green backdrop of the building?
Call 310.360.6415 for more information about the PDC special event venues.