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Inn of the Seventh Ray

Topanga , CA
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128 Old Topanga Canyon Road
Topanga, CA 90290 US (map)

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310-455-1311

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Nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains only minutes from the city we are an ideal location for all of your celebration or private needs. The Inn offers a rustic romantic... Read more
Nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains only minutes from the city we are an ideal location for all of your celebration or private needs. The Inn offers a rustic romantic location for both wedding and private parties from 2 to 220 people. With romantic candle light under the stars, sparkling sunlight through grand old sycamores, waterfalls and winding brick pathways, we offer an atmosphere unlike any other in the Los Angeles area. We operate in a dynamic natural environment from which we are always drawing inspiration. Our people are dedicated, caring and will deliver your event with style and confidence. They are our ambassadors and human face, therefore, a a vital ingredient in our success. The Inn's menus are based on quality organic produce from local farms plus naturally raised fish and meats.served with a unique, stylish presentation. There is perhaps no time in a guersts life that is more important than their wedding day and weddings at the Inn of the Seventh Ray are nothing short of enchanting. The Inn has long proven itself to be the preferred location for couples from the entire Southern California area and beyond. Providing Rehersal Dinners, Ceremonies and Receptions, small and large, for you, your family and friends. Our coordinators are prepared to provide you professional advice and service as well as helping you with every detail in planning your event and supervising the final productiuon. Say farewell to the ordinary and expect the extraordinary as your event unfolds at the Inn. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
8/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Angelica handled everything for the event! She was wonderful and so capable & professional. I had no worries and got to enjoy the evening and no worries on my part. She set up gift table, reception table, flowers, favors.. The food wax so delish! I had 50 happy people, the gazebo had twinkling lights and I highly recommend !!!
Angelica handled everything for the event! She was wonderful and so capable & professional. I had no worries and got to Read more...
Angelica handled everything for the event! She was wonderful and so capable & professional. I had no worries and got to enjoy the evening and no worries on my part. She set up gift table, reception table, flowers, favors.. The food wax so delish! I had 50 happy people, the gazebo had twinkling lights and I highly recommend !!! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
4/12/2014
4.8/5.0
Having my wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray was a dream. The venue was extra special for me and my husband because we had our first date there. The Inn is truly magical. With the twinkling lights set beside a creek in the forest of Topanga Canyon, I felt like I got married in a fairytale setting. The food was scrumptious and the service was spectacular. Kirsten Halbert, our coordinator, was fantastic. She took such great care of us and our families. And she was always there for me, prompt with her responses, during the months and days leading up to the wedding. Kat, and the rest of the staff were also amazing. They were so professional, generous, and kind. They made my overall wedding experience absolutely wonderful! Thank you, Kirsten, Kat, and everyone at the Inn of the Seventh Ray!!!
Having my wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray was a dream. The venue was extra special for me and my husband because we Read more...
Having my wedding at the Inn of the Seventh Ray was a dream. The venue was extra special for me and my husband because we had our first date there. The Inn is truly magical. With the twinkling lights set beside a creek in the forest of Topanga Canyon, I felt like I got married in a fairytale setting. The food was scrumptious and the service was spectacular. Kirsten Halbert, our coordinator, was fantastic. She took such great care of us and our families. And she was always there for me, prompt with her responses, during the months and days leading up to the wedding. Kat, and the rest of the staff were also amazing. They were so professional, generous, and kind. They made my overall wedding experience absolutely wonderful! Thank you, Kirsten, Kat, and everyone at the Inn of the Seventh Ray!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Michael
Wedding:
12/3/2011
4.8/5.0
Spectacular venue and great staff to work with.
Spectacular venue and great staff to work with.
Spectacular venue and great staff to work with. Read less
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mel
Wedding:
10/1/2011
3.6/5.0
This is a beautiful venue but not very wedding-friendly for weddings bigger than 50. The layout is just too difficult to plan if you want all your guests to have a clear view of you during dinner. Layout aside, the venue was very responsive and always welcomed me to stop by anytime to do wedding stuff even when the restaurant was running. They are pricey but their food is of really good quality. They could be more flexible on space and pricing however. I was having a huge issue on space and when I asked if I could use a space that wouldn't been unused anyways, I was told it was extra charge. They could improve by providing a clearer cost break-out to present to new clients so we understand what we're signing into. Because of that, I paid about $7k more than I thought I would be paying because I was told that so many items were extra cost. Lucille was amazing to work with. She was very willing to try a layout the restaurant had never done before so all my guests will be able to have a clear view of the head table. It worked perfectly! I couldn't have asked for more! She even decorated my cake (which was gigantic) for me! Thank you for making my wedding dreams come true!
This is a beautiful venue but not very wedding-friendly for weddings bigger than 50. The layout is just too difficult to Read more...
This is a beautiful venue but not very wedding-friendly for weddings bigger than 50. The layout is just too difficult to plan if you want all your guests to have a clear view of you during dinner. Layout aside, the venue was very responsive and always welcomed me to stop by anytime to do wedding stuff even when the restaurant was running. They are pricey but their food is of really good quality. They could be more flexible on space and pricing however. I was having a huge issue on space and when I asked if I could use a space that wouldn't been unused anyways, I was told it was extra charge. They could improve by providing a clearer cost break-out to present to new clients so we understand what we're signing into. Because of that, I paid about $7k more than I thought I would be paying because I was told that so many items were extra cost. Lucille was amazing to work with. She was very willing to try a layout the restaurant had never done before so all my guests will be able to have a clear view of the head table. It worked perfectly! I couldn't have asked for more! She even decorated my cake (which was gigantic) for me! Thank you for making my wedding dreams come true! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Luna Breeze
Wedding:
1/1/2010
2.0/5.0
While our coordinator was a very pleasant person, we loved that she was eco-friendly, and helped with number of items [decorating our cake (which should have been done by our florist), giving us a wine upgrade, offering the use of her numbered table blocks, and substituting last minute canceled guest meals for beverages], we were disappointed by her lack of help in coordinating our wedding. We hope that by leaving our comments here, she might better assist other couples with their weddings.

Our coordinator was mandatory if planning a wedding at the location we picked (a garden restaurant). Frankly, we felt we would have been better off having family or friends coordinate our wedding instead. Below are some of the reasons why.

· Our coordinator wasn't timely with wedding day schedule reminders, so we fell behind time and, as a consequence, were rushed throughout our wedding day.
· Our planned ceremony layout was to have our string trio outside of a nearby gazebo and behind our seated wedding guests. Instead the trio was placed inside the gazebo which muffled the music.
· Our coordinator was also going to give our wedding party (ring bearer and flower girls) a brief rehearsal before the ceremony, but she did not do this. Despite telling us that she would show our photographer and videographer good shooting locations on the restaurant's grounds, she did not do this either.
· Although we paid for the use of the ceremony area, and were promised that we could use it for some time after the ceremony, and could also use it for our full contracted time of 4 hours should it rain, we were rushed out of the area so staff could set up for another wedding. The the staff took down our flowers, and the coordinator rushed us through our wedding party and family photos. The plan was to have our champagne toast in the ceremony area, but that was abruptly changed to make way for the next wedding also.
· Our set-up ran late, so when our guests walked by our reception tables after our ceremony, they were still not completed. Hours after the restaurant opened, and even though our family members came early and helped with a large part of the set-up (our family helped with table decor, AV set-up, memorial table set-up, etc., etc.), our wedding area was still in disarray.
· For our toast, we were told that we could use the restaurant's goblets, but we never received them.
· During our reception meal, our guests asked for champagne, which was specifically noted in prior discussions with our coordinator to only be used for our toast. When our coordinator asked us whether she could serve champagne, we told her "no". Instead of offering the available wine, she stopped all alcohol. This is despite specifically requesting that wine be served on consumption. As a result, our guests went without alcohol until we noticed her error and had to tell her to continue serving wine. Besides this, beer was not included on our planned menu, but it was served to our guests anyways.
· Our wedding cake was to be set out along with the other reception tables, but it was only brought out much later - just before cake cutting - and did not allow our guests to view it or add to our reception area decor. The cake was decorated in the reception area while our guests were at their tables.
· As a part of our wedding, we included a memorial table with deceased family member photos and a large bouquet on it. We gave specific instructions several times to our coordinator to have the table beside us during our ceremony and then moved with us to our reception area. Instead, it was left in the ceremony area for our entire reception while the area was being set up for the next wedding. This didn't allow our guests to view the memorial table or to pay their respects to the deceased. We also specified that we wanted the table draped in white linens - instead it was draped in lavender.
· Lastly, there were personal items accidentally left at the restaurant, including the bride's purse. Instead of calling the bride or groom once they were discovered, our items were left with the restaurant. We had to spend a portion of our wedding night making numerous calls to establish where our missing items were (we had a second reception at a different location as well).

We thought that many of the above issues could have been avoided if our coordinator had paid more attention during our meetings and correspondence. We made great efforts to be a specific and detailed in our communication with her - in creating lists/spreadsheets, giving specific instructions, and filling out her wedding form - but our wedding was still disorganized. Again, our coordinator was pleasant to work with, but we were disappointed by her lack of professionalism and assistance in general. As a result, we were distracted and stressed out on our big day.
While our coordinator was a very pleasant person, we loved that she was eco-friendly, and helped with number of items Read more...
While our coordinator was a very pleasant person, we loved that she was eco-friendly, and helped with number of items [decorating our cake (which should have been done by our florist), giving us a wine upgrade, offering the use of her numbered table blocks, and substituting last minute canceled guest meals for beverages], we were disappointed by her lack of help in coordinating our wedding. We hope that by leaving our comments here, she might better assist other couples with their weddings.

Our coordinator was mandatory if planning a wedding at the location we picked (a garden restaurant). Frankly, we felt we would have been better off having family or friends coordinate our wedding instead. Below are some of the reasons why.

· Our coordinator wasn't timely with wedding day schedule reminders, so we fell behind time and, as a consequence, were rushed throughout our wedding day.
· Our planned ceremony layout was to have our string trio outside of a nearby gazebo and behind our seated wedding guests. Instead the trio was placed inside the gazebo which muffled the music.
· Our coordinator was also going to give our wedding party (ring bearer and flower girls) a brief rehearsal before the ceremony, but she did not do this. Despite telling us that she would show our photographer and videographer good shooting locations on the restaurant's grounds, she did not do this either.
· Although we paid for the use of the ceremony area, and were promised that we could use it for some time after the ceremony, and could also use it for our full contracted time of 4 hours should it rain, we were rushed out of the area so staff could set up for another wedding. The the staff took down our flowers, and the coordinator rushed us through our wedding party and family photos. The plan was to have our champagne toast in the ceremony area, but that was abruptly changed to make way for the next wedding also.
· Our set-up ran late, so when our guests walked by our reception tables after our ceremony, they were still not completed. Hours after the restaurant opened, and even though our family members came early and helped with a large part of the set-up (our family helped with table decor, AV set-up, memorial table set-up, etc., etc.), our wedding area was still in disarray.
· For our toast, we were told that we could use the restaurant's goblets, but we never received them.
· During our reception meal, our guests asked for champagne, which was specifically noted in prior discussions with our coordinator to only be used for our toast. When our coordinator asked us whether she could serve champagne, we told her "no". Instead of offering the available wine, she stopped all alcohol. This is despite specifically requesting that wine be served on consumption. As a result, our guests went without alcohol until we noticed her error and had to tell her to continue serving wine. Besides this, beer was not included on our planned menu, but it was served to our guests anyways.
· Our wedding cake was to be set out along with the other reception tables, but it was only brought out much later - just before cake cutting - and did not allow our guests to view it or add to our reception area decor. The cake was decorated in the reception area while our guests were at their tables.
· As a part of our wedding, we included a memorial table with deceased family member photos and a large bouquet on it. We gave specific instructions several times to our coordinator to have the table beside us during our ceremony and then moved with us to our reception area. Instead, it was left in the ceremony area for our entire reception while the area was being set up for the next wedding. This didn't allow our guests to view the memorial table or to pay their respects to the deceased. We also specified that we wanted the table draped in white linens - instead it was draped in lavender.
· Lastly, there were personal items accidentally left at the restaurant, including the bride's purse. Instead of calling the bride or groom once they were discovered, our items were left with the restaurant. We had to spend a portion of our wedding night making numerous calls to establish where our missing items were (we had a second reception at a different location as well).

We thought that many of the above issues could have been avoided if our coordinator had paid more attention during our meetings and correspondence. We made great efforts to be a specific and detailed in our communication with her - in creating lists/spreadsheets, giving specific instructions, and filling out her wedding form - but our wedding was still disorganized. Again, our coordinator was pleasant to work with, but we were disappointed by her lack of professionalism and assistance in general. As a result, we were distracted and stressed out on our big day. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/13/2009
4.7/5.0
overall a great place to have an intimate, outside, romantic wedding.
overall a great place to have an intimate, outside, romantic wedding.
overall a great place to have an intimate, outside, romantic wedding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Inn of the Seventh Ray responded with the following comments:

Our company is not connected with the Inn of the Seventh Ray.
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MEWS
Wedding:
11/9/2007
3.9/5.0
I had a beautiful wedding and reception at Inn of the Seventh Ray. You can't ask for a more beautiful place to get married. Pros: We had a very small wedding (30 guests) and had a difficult time finding a site that would accomodate such a small party. The Inn was a perfect fit for us. The food was amazing - the guests still are talking about it. They were very flexible with decorations and let us add numerous chinese lanterns, candles - pretty much whatever we wanted. Cons: Our wedding coordinator was slightly scattered and we had an issue with the rehersal, but overall eveything went well. The bride's room is in the bathroom and is very small. Timing for weddings is not very flexible and revolves around the restaurant's opening/closing times.
I had a beautiful wedding and reception at Inn of the Seventh Ray. You can't ask for a more beautiful place to get Read more...
I had a beautiful wedding and reception at Inn of the Seventh Ray. You can't ask for a more beautiful place to get married. Pros: We had a very small wedding (30 guests) and had a difficult time finding a site that would accomodate such a small party. The Inn was a perfect fit for us. The food was amazing - the guests still are talking about it. They were very flexible with decorations and let us add numerous chinese lanterns, candles - pretty much whatever we wanted. Cons: Our wedding coordinator was slightly scattered and we had an issue with the rehersal, but overall eveything went well. The bride's room is in the bathroom and is very small. Timing for weddings is not very flexible and revolves around the restaurant's opening/closing times. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Inn of the Seventh Ray responded with the following comments:

Bright Blue Events is not connected with this event or Inn of the Seventh Ray.
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equalitykitty
Wedding:
11/2/2007
1.8/5.0
We chose this restaurant because it's in a beautiful environment and has several vegan dishes my husband and i like (we're both vegan, so our wedding was a vegan one). Unfortunately, we were VERY disappointed by the treatment we received from our wedding coordinator (she was generally pretty trite and seemed to want to make the restaurant money more than actually help us), by the performance of the DJ (we actually burned cd's for him so he could have the music we liked and he opted to play music of his choosing which we didn't like), by the fact that WE DIDN"T GET TO HAVE A CAKE TASTING (! they made us choose our cake by what sounded good- my stepmother finally had tell them we'd pay for everything if we could just try the one we were interested in...they finally relented and made a small version which we paid for), and by how our cake ultimately turned out (it was a dia de los muertos theme wedding, so my husband had made myriad marzipan skulls and bones for the wedding cake; not only did we have to bug the wedding coordinator REPEATEDLY for the cake's dimensions, but she ultimately gave us the wrong ones and whoever made the cake just opted to place them on wherever was most convenient. a lot of hard work that was for naught.). Obviously, we were pretty frustrated by our overall experience here and wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It's unfortunate, because it really is a beautiful place.
We chose this restaurant because it's in a beautiful environment and has several vegan dishes my husband and i like (we're Read more...
We chose this restaurant because it's in a beautiful environment and has several vegan dishes my husband and i like (we're both vegan, so our wedding was a vegan one). Unfortunately, we were VERY disappointed by the treatment we received from our wedding coordinator (she was generally pretty trite and seemed to want to make the restaurant money more than actually help us), by the performance of the DJ (we actually burned cd's for him so he could have the music we liked and he opted to play music of his choosing which we didn't like), by the fact that WE DIDN"T GET TO HAVE A CAKE TASTING (! they made us choose our cake by what sounded good- my stepmother finally had tell them we'd pay for everything if we could just try the one we were interested in...they finally relented and made a small version which we paid for), and by how our cake ultimately turned out (it was a dia de los muertos theme wedding, so my husband had made myriad marzipan skulls and bones for the wedding cake; not only did we have to bug the wedding coordinator REPEATEDLY for the cake's dimensions, but she ultimately gave us the wrong ones and whoever made the cake just opted to place them on wherever was most convenient. a lot of hard work that was for naught.). Obviously, we were pretty frustrated by our overall experience here and wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It's unfortunate, because it really is a beautiful place. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, DJ, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Inn of the Seventh Ray responded with the following comments:

Bright Blue Events is not connected with Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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