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Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

Los Angeles , CA
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570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90065 US (map)

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.9/5.0
This venue would receive 5 starts were it not for a deceitful and dishonest experience we had with Zenia , who runs the LA River Center & Gardens. The venue itself is gorgeous, full of character, and like a hidden gem in the heart of our city. The photos I have from my wedding here in November of 2014 are treasures!

My review and my score concern the fact that Zenia is a dishonest broker and runs this place like her fiefdom. Briefly - beware your security deposit, she will keep whatever she likes and provide no justification; their contract allows her to get away with this, so please be forewarned. We had a sink that was clogged from candle wax at our wedding. Zenia withheld $500 from our deposit for the repair, but has never been able to show us any accounting for this. According to her, and according to the contract, she does not have to. Do you know plumbers that charge $500 to unclog a sink? There is no accounting for this, she's dishonest and she made up a number.

Please also be aware that the smoking clause in their contract is essentially a speeding trap, and your deposit will be further debited $500 if you have anyone attending your wedding that smokes. There is one sign stuck to a wall in the outdoor main garden, which points toward the designated smoking area (we also had our DJ announce the location). If any of your guests lights a cigarette anywhere else, you are automatically charged $500 against your deposit. Please note that this has nothing to do with leaving cigarette butts or trash, or a refusal to relocate to the designated area that is very poorly marked, and to which our guests gladly moved, when informed that they were in the wrong place.
This venue would receive 5 starts were it not for a deceitful and dishonest experience we had with Zenia , who runs the LA Read more...
This venue would receive 5 starts were it not for a deceitful and dishonest experience we had with Zenia , who runs the LA River Center & Gardens. The venue itself is gorgeous, full of character, and like a hidden gem in the heart of our city. The photos I have from my wedding here in November of 2014 are treasures!

My review and my score concern the fact that Zenia is a dishonest broker and runs this place like her fiefdom. Briefly - beware your security deposit, she will keep whatever she likes and provide no justification; their contract allows her to get away with this, so please be forewarned. We had a sink that was clogged from candle wax at our wedding. Zenia withheld $500 from our deposit for the repair, but has never been able to show us any accounting for this. According to her, and according to the contract, she does not have to. Do you know plumbers that charge $500 to unclog a sink? There is no accounting for this, she's dishonest and she made up a number.

Please also be aware that the smoking clause in their contract is essentially a speeding trap, and your deposit will be further debited $500 if you have anyone attending your wedding that smokes. There is one sign stuck to a wall in the outdoor main garden, which points toward the designated smoking area (we also had our DJ announce the location). If any of your guests lights a cigarette anywhere else, you are automatically charged $500 against your deposit. Please note that this has nothing to do with leaving cigarette butts or trash, or a refusal to relocate to the designated area that is very poorly marked, and to which our guests gladly moved, when informed that they were in the wrong place. Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
3/14/2015
4.4/5.0
This place is a REAL GEM. The gardens are beautiful, even if in varying states of bloom.
PROS of LARCG:
--- relatively low rental fees, although you/your vendors will have to bring in everything (eg seating, electrical equipment, etc) --- you are literally just renting the space. If you book in the off season, tho, and/or on a Friday or Sunday you will save $$.
--- you can have both your ceremony and your reception here
--- 12 hour rental, until as late as 2 am
--- TONS of free parking
--- nice separation of space -- eg, there are indoor and outdoor areas but also a grand courtyard w/ a fountain, a raised circular tiled dance floor, built-in bar, grassy areas, an upstairs getting ready-room for the bride, a tree-covered patio in the back, I could go on and on..
--- a photographer's dream since there are so many visually interesting areas to shoot (greenery, iron fences, water features, the park next door)
--- tons of greenspace so, although you will have to import some flowers and other decor, you really won't have to bring much in to dress the place up
--- lighting in some trees already included
--- ample experience working with other LA-area vendors, so those business relationships are already established
--- close to DTLA, right off the 110 and 5 freeways

CONS:
--- Points off for flexibility bc basically there isnt any -- terms of the rental are outlined in the contract: you won't have an issue if you read it and abide by it. Hire good people who will act responsibly and who will clean up after themselves, make sure your guests dont smoke where it's not allowed, etc.
--- We didnt use the indoor spaces at all, bc I found them pretty unattractive. There is a very small "history of the river" museum as you walk in, and the taxidermy is/was off-putting
--- There really isnt anything else negative to say..!
This place is a REAL GEM. The gardens are beautiful, even if in varying states of bloom.
PROS of LARCG:
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This place is a REAL GEM. The gardens are beautiful, even if in varying states of bloom.
PROS of LARCG:
--- relatively low rental fees, although you/your vendors will have to bring in everything (eg seating, electrical equipment, etc) --- you are literally just renting the space. If you book in the off season, tho, and/or on a Friday or Sunday you will save $$.
--- you can have both your ceremony and your reception here
--- 12 hour rental, until as late as 2 am
--- TONS of free parking
--- nice separation of space -- eg, there are indoor and outdoor areas but also a grand courtyard w/ a fountain, a raised circular tiled dance floor, built-in bar, grassy areas, an upstairs getting ready-room for the bride, a tree-covered patio in the back, I could go on and on..
--- a photographer's dream since there are so many visually interesting areas to shoot (greenery, iron fences, water features, the park next door)
--- tons of greenspace so, although you will have to import some flowers and other decor, you really won't have to bring much in to dress the place up
--- lighting in some trees already included
--- ample experience working with other LA-area vendors, so those business relationships are already established
--- close to DTLA, right off the 110 and 5 freeways

CONS:
--- Points off for flexibility bc basically there isnt any -- terms of the rental are outlined in the contract: you won't have an issue if you read it and abide by it. Hire good people who will act responsibly and who will clean up after themselves, make sure your guests dont smoke where it's not allowed, etc.
--- We didnt use the indoor spaces at all, bc I found them pretty unattractive. There is a very small "history of the river" museum as you walk in, and the taxidermy is/was off-putting
--- There really isnt anything else negative to say..! Read less
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Stef
Wedding:
10/12/2014
4.7/5.0
This venue is shockingly beautiful. Seriously. We had the most gorgeous, fairy tale wedding last week. The grounds are well kept and absolutely stunning. There were some changes in the foliage/trees between when we booked and when our wedding took place and Zenia sent us pictures of the new look to make sure we knew what to expect. We had our ceremony in the grassy part of the courtyard and our reception around the fountain - and it was honestly perfect. (We do suggest getting a florist for some light touches, but you won't need much since you will be surrounded by nature). In the week before our wedding, Zenia was out of town (we knew she would be), but another staff member was able to help us rent heat lamps just days before our wedding day. If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding venue, visit this one FAST and book now! We are thrilled with the setting for the greatest day of our lives!
This venue is shockingly beautiful. Seriously. We had the most gorgeous, fairy tale wedding last week. The grounds are Read more...
This venue is shockingly beautiful. Seriously. We had the most gorgeous, fairy tale wedding last week. The grounds are well kept and absolutely stunning. There were some changes in the foliage/trees between when we booked and when our wedding took place and Zenia sent us pictures of the new look to make sure we knew what to expect. We had our ceremony in the grassy part of the courtyard and our reception around the fountain - and it was honestly perfect. (We do suggest getting a florist for some light touches, but you won't need much since you will be surrounded by nature). In the week before our wedding, Zenia was out of town (we knew she would be), but another staff member was able to help us rent heat lamps just days before our wedding day. If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding venue, visit this one FAST and book now! We are thrilled with the setting for the greatest day of our lives! Read less
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mario
Wedding:
9/6/2014
2.2/5.0
the place and location is beautiful . just a comment : Food was Horrible , the salad was so dry !! in my table some salads have no eggs some no dressing the bacon bits from a can!!! and the main course worse : the meat was not fresh is the one used for sand , beans overcooked and some with the stem , chix overcooked no flavor for sauce etc etc The location is beautiful but has to improve the quality of food 100% . thanks
the place and location is beautiful . just a comment : Food was Horrible , the salad was so dry !! in my table some salads Read more...
the place and location is beautiful . just a comment : Food was Horrible , the salad was so dry !! in my table some salads have no eggs some no dressing the bacon bits from a can!!! and the main course worse : the meat was not fresh is the one used for sand , beans overcooked and some with the stem , chix overcooked no flavor for sauce etc etc The location is beautiful but has to improve the quality of food 100% . thanks Read less
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crystal
Wedding:
8/10/2014
4.0/5.0
Beautiful venue!! Has a mexican feel to it! Its a bit pricey, but beautiful! Had a last minute problem with the person in charge so had to start setting up 2 hours late, which is why I give them 4 starts.
Beautiful venue!! Has a mexican feel to it! Its a bit pricey, but beautiful! Had a last minute problem with the person in Read more...
Beautiful venue!! Has a mexican feel to it! Its a bit pricey, but beautiful! Had a last minute problem with the person in charge so had to start setting up 2 hours late, which is why I give them 4 starts. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.3/5.0
This venue is beautiful!

You need to call and make sure you get your time slot in pretty quick because they fill up really fast.

Zenia was amazing, she responded really quickly through email. Although, if you leave a message with the answering machine to the venue itself, good luck getting a call back.

They have a set list for catering.

Everyone enjoyed themselves in the venue and I would use them again.
This venue is beautiful!

You need to call and make sure you get your time slot in pretty quick because they fill Read more...
This venue is beautiful!

You need to call and make sure you get your time slot in pretty quick because they fill up really fast.

Zenia was amazing, she responded really quickly through email. Although, if you leave a message with the answering machine to the venue itself, good luck getting a call back.

They have a set list for catering.

Everyone enjoyed themselves in the venue and I would use them again. Read less
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Claudia
Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.6/5.0
This is truly a hidden gem in los angeles. It is absolutely gorgeous. The on site coordinator was very helpful and the venue is stunning!
This is truly a hidden gem in los angeles. It is absolutely gorgeous. The on site coordinator was very helpful and the Read more...
This is truly a hidden gem in los angeles. It is absolutely gorgeous. The on site coordinator was very helpful and the venue is stunning! Read less
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whitney
Wedding:
5/20/2011
4.6/5.0
We had our wedding here in May and LOVED the venue. It is SO gorgeous and huge. I loved that we were able to have our ceremony in one courtyard and our reception in the other. One drawback is that there isn't much flexibility with decor that touches any of the venue (ie: can't hang any lanterns from trees, etc). Also it is a lot more stressful that you have to rent EVERYTHING from tables to forks since the venue doesn't provide any of it. Luckily they work with planners who regularly plan weddings there so they know what to do. Also you can only use vendors off of their list for caterers so it limiits what choices you have. Otherwise it was a fantastic venue and everyone thought it was gorgeous!
We had our wedding here in May and LOVED the venue. It is SO gorgeous and huge. I loved that we were able to have our Read more...
We had our wedding here in May and LOVED the venue. It is SO gorgeous and huge. I loved that we were able to have our ceremony in one courtyard and our reception in the other. One drawback is that there isn't much flexibility with decor that touches any of the venue (ie: can't hang any lanterns from trees, etc). Also it is a lot more stressful that you have to rent EVERYTHING from tables to forks since the venue doesn't provide any of it. Luckily they work with planners who regularly plan weddings there so they know what to do. Also you can only use vendors off of their list for caterers so it limiits what choices you have. Otherwise it was a fantastic venue and everyone thought it was gorgeous! Read less
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GervaiseHedrick
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. If you'd like a memorable wedding with a beautiful setting and a space to fully entertain your guests, we highly recommend this venue. It's a secret garden in the heart of Los Angeles with gorgeous fountains, tiles, arches, gates, and greenery. Working with the venue coordinator, Zenia, was fun and easy. The venue price was very affordable and they provided a list of vendors we were very very happy with.
My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. If you'd like a memorable Read more...
My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. If you'd like a memorable wedding with a beautiful setting and a space to fully entertain your guests, we highly recommend this venue. It's a secret garden in the heart of Los Angeles with gorgeous fountains, tiles, arches, gates, and greenery. Working with the venue coordinator, Zenia, was fun and easy. The venue price was very affordable and they provided a list of vendors we were very very happy with. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
The venue is beautiful and just a charm for anyone to enjoy. The garden is well maintained and the lighting (in the evening) allowed to capture the perfect wedding reception. It's very spacious, which allows for many guests. Book early because the good dates will be long gone nearly a year ion advance, even though its quite expensive for just booking the venue itself. The only thing included in the rental fees is practically the entire site, 150 chairs and 4 long tables. Also, you can only select from an approved provided list (of the site), so make sure you meet every approved vendor before selecting. The site Coordinator is very helpful, but its best to communicate by email as she's busy.
The venue is beautiful and just a charm for anyone to enjoy. The garden is well maintained and the lighting (in the Read more...
The venue is beautiful and just a charm for anyone to enjoy. The garden is well maintained and the lighting (in the evening) allowed to capture the perfect wedding reception. It's very spacious, which allows for many guests. Book early because the good dates will be long gone nearly a year ion advance, even though its quite expensive for just booking the venue itself. The only thing included in the rental fees is practically the entire site, 150 chairs and 4 long tables. Also, you can only select from an approved provided list (of the site), so make sure you meet every approved vendor before selecting. The site Coordinator is very helpful, but its best to communicate by email as she's busy. Read less
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