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Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

Los Angeles , CA
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570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
I am getting married this year at this place and I am so excited!
I love the fact that not a lot of people know about this which makes the wedding more exciting and different. I love the greenery and ample free parking.
If you have a lot of guests who smoke, make sure they smoke at designated area only (which is only one or two I think) so that you don't get charge $500.
I am getting married this year at this place and I am so excited!
I love the fact that not a lot of people know about Read more...
I am getting married this year at this place and I am so excited!
I love the fact that not a lot of people know about this which makes the wedding more exciting and different. I love the greenery and ample free parking.
If you have a lot of guests who smoke, make sure they smoke at designated area only (which is only one or two I think) so that you don't get charge $500. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/2/2016
4.8/5.0
We recently booked this venue for our upcoming wedding. It is a beautiful place with lots of greenery and a great layout. This place was recommended by a family member who had attended an event here. The first time I went to view the venue I wasn't sure what to expect as the area surrounding the venue isn't all that great. But, once you enter it's as if you are in a completely different place. It has an hacienda-type of feel which is what we were looking for. I contacted Zenia, who is in charge of the venue rentals and such, by email and received a response right away with a lot of information packets and steps to proceed to book the venue. I have to say that the emails are professional and very impersonal, but in person she was amazing. After booking the venue we attended a mandatory tour of the grounds and she was very, very, very helpful and funny. She gave us lots of suggestions and explained thoroughly what wasn't allowed, which I really appreciated. The fees are low and reasonable and includes the rental of the venue only, plus 5 long tables. For everything else, you have to bring in/rent. I didn't have a problem with this because my catering vendor is taking over this and providing everything, including decorations and table centerpieces.
We recently booked this venue for our upcoming wedding. It is a beautiful place with lots of greenery and a great layout. Read more...
We recently booked this venue for our upcoming wedding. It is a beautiful place with lots of greenery and a great layout. This place was recommended by a family member who had attended an event here. The first time I went to view the venue I wasn't sure what to expect as the area surrounding the venue isn't all that great. But, once you enter it's as if you are in a completely different place. It has an hacienda-type of feel which is what we were looking for. I contacted Zenia, who is in charge of the venue rentals and such, by email and received a response right away with a lot of information packets and steps to proceed to book the venue. I have to say that the emails are professional and very impersonal, but in person she was amazing. After booking the venue we attended a mandatory tour of the grounds and she was very, very, very helpful and funny. She gave us lots of suggestions and explained thoroughly what wasn't allowed, which I really appreciated. The fees are low and reasonable and includes the rental of the venue only, plus 5 long tables. For everything else, you have to bring in/rent. I didn't have a problem with this because my catering vendor is taking over this and providing everything, including decorations and table centerpieces. Read less
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Karla
Wedding:
8/20/2016
4.5/5.0
I just had my wedding at the LA River Center and Gardens a few weeks ago (August 2016). The venue is absolutely stunning!

I had a few requirements when looking for a venue. I wanted our ceremony and reception to be in the same location, I wanted an outdoor reception and I wanted to end later than 10/11pm.

The LA River Center fit the bill. We rented the space from 2pm-2am, which means our ceremony began at 4pm and the reception ended at midnight (2 hours for set up and takedown)

The great thing about the space is the variety of spaces. We did our ceremony in the back courtyard, under enormous trees. I was a little worried about the heat (August in LA) but the trees provided great shade and no one was too hot (I didn't even sweat!). The cocktail hour was in the in door area and the reception was in the main courtyard.

Zenia at the LA River center was great to work with. She was so helpful whenever she could be and answered my emails so promptly. Email is definitely the easiest way to reach her. A word of warning: Mail takes forever to arrive there. My mom had to drive a check over to avoid paying a late fee because mail just takes forever.

The venue has a few restrictions (i.e. No real petals down the aisle, no hanging things from trees, etc) but nothing really unreasonable. I got fake petals from Michaels and our lighting guy brought posts to string the bistro lights. The rules are there to help preserve the building and grounds. This isn't brand new. It has its charms and we were happy to do our part in preserving the space while enjoying it.

Overall, this was a great place to get married. There aren't noise restrictions and the staff is easy to work with.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars all around is its a bit old. The bathrooms need updating and there were some cobb webs. But other than that, I recommend it.
I just had my wedding at the LA River Center and Gardens a few weeks ago (August 2016). The venue is absolutely stunning! Read more...
I just had my wedding at the LA River Center and Gardens a few weeks ago (August 2016). The venue is absolutely stunning!

I had a few requirements when looking for a venue. I wanted our ceremony and reception to be in the same location, I wanted an outdoor reception and I wanted to end later than 10/11pm.

The LA River Center fit the bill. We rented the space from 2pm-2am, which means our ceremony began at 4pm and the reception ended at midnight (2 hours for set up and takedown)

The great thing about the space is the variety of spaces. We did our ceremony in the back courtyard, under enormous trees. I was a little worried about the heat (August in LA) but the trees provided great shade and no one was too hot (I didn't even sweat!). The cocktail hour was in the in door area and the reception was in the main courtyard.

Zenia at the LA River center was great to work with. She was so helpful whenever she could be and answered my emails so promptly. Email is definitely the easiest way to reach her. A word of warning: Mail takes forever to arrive there. My mom had to drive a check over to avoid paying a late fee because mail just takes forever.

The venue has a few restrictions (i.e. No real petals down the aisle, no hanging things from trees, etc) but nothing really unreasonable. I got fake petals from Michaels and our lighting guy brought posts to string the bistro lights. The rules are there to help preserve the building and grounds. This isn't brand new. It has its charms and we were happy to do our part in preserving the space while enjoying it.

Overall, this was a great place to get married. There aren't noise restrictions and the staff is easy to work with.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars all around is its a bit old. The bathrooms need updating and there were some cobb webs. But other than that, I recommend it. Read less
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Melanie Mae
Wedding:
7/4/2015
4.6/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely amazing! Zenia was more than friendly, but make sure you email her before trying to speak with her in person. She likes things to be done through email, but she was lovely. Book early as this place was packed 8 months out...Also another thing to think about is to make sure you are aware going in that you cannot provide your own catering service. You must pick out of 6 (I think) approved vendors. Summit Catering did a really great job working within our budget and helping at our wedding. Also, make sure you lock down your guest list because the pricing goes up.
Other than that, this venue is huge and for the price you pay, it's awesome! I just didn't give it 5 stars because it would have been more awesome if we could have brought our own caterer as we have a family friend!
Our wedding was absolutely amazing! Zenia was more than friendly, but make sure you email her before trying to speak with Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely amazing! Zenia was more than friendly, but make sure you email her before trying to speak with her in person. She likes things to be done through email, but she was lovely. Book early as this place was packed 8 months out...Also another thing to think about is to make sure you are aware going in that you cannot provide your own catering service. You must pick out of 6 (I think) approved vendors. Summit Catering did a really great job working within our budget and helping at our wedding. Also, make sure you lock down your guest list because the pricing goes up.
Other than that, this venue is huge and for the price you pay, it's awesome! I just didn't give it 5 stars because it would have been more awesome if we could have brought our own caterer as we have a family friend! 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:
--- Read more...
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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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