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Wayfarers Chapel

Rancho Palos Verdes , CA
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5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 US (map)

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310-377-1650

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With its breathtaking Pacific Ocean view and original Lloyd Wright architecture, the Wayfarers Chapel was conceived as a respite for all wayfarers on the journey of life. Here all people... Read more
With its breathtaking Pacific Ocean view and original Lloyd Wright architecture, the Wayfarers Chapel was conceived as a respite for all wayfarers on the journey of life. Here all people may sit and be nurtured by the beauty of nature and enjoy peaceful meditation. No one realized that this simple idea would produce a world-renowned sacred site. The power of Wayfarers Chapel is a blend of the sacred purpose and beauty that people experience. This quiet beauty is emphasized by the openness and echoing of nature in the elegant glass structure. Read less
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LOUISA
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Wayfarers chapel made my wedding dream come true.
My photos came out so beautiful because of the setting. The garden is well maintained and the trees are beautiful.
Everyone works at this Chapel are all very professional, organized and friendly.
If you choose this venue, you will not be needing a wedding planner or coordinator.
Reverand Jonathan Mitchell is the BEST!
Choosing the Candlelight option is worth it. The candles and harpist made everything formal, elegant and romantic.
All my family and friends were amazed by this glass chapel and the overlooking view of the water.
This was the first venue my husband and I went to go see and we did not look further after we were speechless.
It is very intimate and perfect for 100 guests or less.
It was perfect for our family who both lived in LA County and Orange County which made everyone drive the same distance.
I cannot wait to start a family and show our kids were my husband and I got married.
Wayfarers Chapel gave my family & friends so many unforgettable memories.
This was an unbelieveable choice!
Wayfarers chapel made my wedding dream come true.
My photos came out so beautiful because of the setting. The garden Read more...
Wayfarers chapel made my wedding dream come true.
My photos came out so beautiful because of the setting. The garden is well maintained and the trees are beautiful.
Everyone works at this Chapel are all very professional, organized and friendly.
If you choose this venue, you will not be needing a wedding planner or coordinator.
Reverand Jonathan Mitchell is the BEST!
Choosing the Candlelight option is worth it. The candles and harpist made everything formal, elegant and romantic.
All my family and friends were amazed by this glass chapel and the overlooking view of the water.
This was the first venue my husband and I went to go see and we did not look further after we were speechless.
It is very intimate and perfect for 100 guests or less.
It was perfect for our family who both lived in LA County and Orange County which made everyone drive the same distance.
I cannot wait to start a family and show our kids were my husband and I got married.
Wayfarers Chapel gave my family & friends so many unforgettable memories.
This was an unbelieveable choice! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue
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MissMaunder
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.7/5.0
Physical Location: The Wayfarers Chapel is absolutely gorgeous. Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it offers a great view of the California Coastline and Catalina Island.
Interior: Locals call this "The Glass Church" because most of the walls are glass and provide views of the surrounding gardens, the ocean, and Catalina Island. The chapel offers the perfect compromise between an indoor and an outdoor wedding because you get natural lighting and a beautiful view without wind or sand. We had a noon wedding in August and the lighting was perfect. I'm sure it would be even better at sunset. If you marry near dusk, they light the church with candles.

Decorating: The chapel does not allow decorations inside the church because they often have multiple weddings in one day. Don't be dismayed. The inside of the chapel is already beautiful. There are planters filled with greenery built into the walls alongside the pews and there are always fresh flowers on the altar. It was actually a relief to have one less decorating task to worry about.

Music: The resident musician is fabulous and will arrange any music you want played. He uses a Clavinova, which can be adjusted to sound like a piano, organ, or harpsichord. We went with traditional music for the processional and recessional. As guests were seated, he played a mix of modern and classic tunes. The cost of the musician is included.

Coordinator: The chapel dedicates one wedding coordinator to help everyone get the the right place at the right time. This helped keep things running smoothly and on time.

Extras: You can have a paving stone or brick engraved and placed in the chapel gardens. Have one installed to commemorate your one year anniversary. My parents were actually married at this chapel in 1970. At the end of the ceremony the reverend announced the commemorative brick that my sisters and I had installed as a 40th anniversary present (a surprise to my parents).

Rehearsal: If the chapel has a wedding Friday night, your rehearsal will likely take place Thursday evening. Despite numerous reminders and calendar requests, the Thursday rehearsal created confusion because most people expect the rehearsal to take place the day before the wedding. Despite the confusion, I really enjoyed having the rehearsal on Thursday. Instead of inviting all of our out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner, we were able to have a small and intimate rehearsal dinner on Thursday night. That left Friday evening free to meet up with out-of-town guests for casual drinks and appetizers.

Of Note: Anyone may get married here (different religions, non-religious). There are two options for your vows. The first is a traditional religious ceremony. The second is called the Humanist ceremony and is all about love, respect and commitment.

Drawbacks: During popular wedding months, the chapel often hosts multiple weddings a day. This means you are only able to be at the chapel for a total of 2 hours (so that you you don't run into the next wedding party). Here is an example of the timeline for our noon wedding: 10:40 photographer allowed to arrive and start setting up; 11:00 wedding party should arrive in stages (groom and groomsmen first, bride and bridesmaids second); noon ceremony begins; 12:30 ceremony ends; take pictures and be gone by 1:00pm. I felt a bit rushed, but on the other hand it was nice to arrive at the reception within half an hour of the ceremony. I probably would have been happy with literally 5 more minutes of photos. In retrospect, we should have left the chapel and stopped to take photos along Portuguese Bend or at one of the lookouts on the way to the Terranea.

Nearby Reception Ideas: Point Vicente Interpretive Center (in the evenings), Trump National, Terranea Resort.
Physical Location: The Wayfarers Chapel is absolutely gorgeous. Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it Read more...
Physical Location: The Wayfarers Chapel is absolutely gorgeous. Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it offers a great view of the California Coastline and Catalina Island.
Interior: Locals call this "The Glass Church" because most of the walls are glass and provide views of the surrounding gardens, the ocean, and Catalina Island. The chapel offers the perfect compromise between an indoor and an outdoor wedding because you get natural lighting and a beautiful view without wind or sand. We had a noon wedding in August and the lighting was perfect. I'm sure it would be even better at sunset. If you marry near dusk, they light the church with candles.

Decorating: The chapel does not allow decorations inside the church because they often have multiple weddings in one day. Don't be dismayed. The inside of the chapel is already beautiful. There are planters filled with greenery built into the walls alongside the pews and there are always fresh flowers on the altar. It was actually a relief to have one less decorating task to worry about.

Music: The resident musician is fabulous and will arrange any music you want played. He uses a Clavinova, which can be adjusted to sound like a piano, organ, or harpsichord. We went with traditional music for the processional and recessional. As guests were seated, he played a mix of modern and classic tunes. The cost of the musician is included.

Coordinator: The chapel dedicates one wedding coordinator to help everyone get the the right place at the right time. This helped keep things running smoothly and on time.

Extras: You can have a paving stone or brick engraved and placed in the chapel gardens. Have one installed to commemorate your one year anniversary. My parents were actually married at this chapel in 1970. At the end of the ceremony the reverend announced the commemorative brick that my sisters and I had installed as a 40th anniversary present (a surprise to my parents).

Rehearsal: If the chapel has a wedding Friday night, your rehearsal will likely take place Thursday evening. Despite numerous reminders and calendar requests, the Thursday rehearsal created confusion because most people expect the rehearsal to take place the day before the wedding. Despite the confusion, I really enjoyed having the rehearsal on Thursday. Instead of inviting all of our out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner, we were able to have a small and intimate rehearsal dinner on Thursday night. That left Friday evening free to meet up with out-of-town guests for casual drinks and appetizers.

Of Note: Anyone may get married here (different religions, non-religious). There are two options for your vows. The first is a traditional religious ceremony. The second is called the Humanist ceremony and is all about love, respect and commitment.

Drawbacks: During popular wedding months, the chapel often hosts multiple weddings a day. This means you are only able to be at the chapel for a total of 2 hours (so that you you don't run into the next wedding party). Here is an example of the timeline for our noon wedding: 10:40 photographer allowed to arrive and start setting up; 11:00 wedding party should arrive in stages (groom and groomsmen first, bride and bridesmaids second); noon ceremony begins; 12:30 ceremony ends; take pictures and be gone by 1:00pm. I felt a bit rushed, but on the other hand it was nice to arrive at the reception within half an hour of the ceremony. I probably would have been happy with literally 5 more minutes of photos. In retrospect, we should have left the chapel and stopped to take photos along Portuguese Bend or at one of the lookouts on the way to the Terranea.

Nearby Reception Ideas: Point Vicente Interpretive Center (in the evenings), Trump National, Terranea Resort. Read less
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cherie
Wedding:
6/12/2010
3.8/5.0
I absolutely loved having our ceremony at the Wayfarer's Chapel because it was so beautiful and Rev. Mitchell was great! However, the rest of the staff is a little robotic and not as friendly. Our rehearsal was chaotic, but everyone had a wonderful time because our family and friends are awesome. The one thing I wish the staff would have told us earlier (rather than on the day of the wedding) was that they do not let the photographer come past the last pew. This was a slight annoyance because it limits the types of pictures they are able to get. They also push you out quickly to make room for the next wedding party. However, I would absolutely pick this place again because it is gorgeous and was the perfect setting for our ceremony :)
I absolutely loved having our ceremony at the Wayfarer's Chapel because it was so beautiful and Rev. Mitchell was great! Read more...
I absolutely loved having our ceremony at the Wayfarer's Chapel because it was so beautiful and Rev. Mitchell was great! However, the rest of the staff is a little robotic and not as friendly. Our rehearsal was chaotic, but everyone had a wonderful time because our family and friends are awesome. The one thing I wish the staff would have told us earlier (rather than on the day of the wedding) was that they do not let the photographer come past the last pew. This was a slight annoyance because it limits the types of pictures they are able to get. They also push you out quickly to make room for the next wedding party. However, I would absolutely pick this place again because it is gorgeous and was the perfect setting for our ceremony :) Read less
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Purplebride
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.3/5.0
Wayfarers Chapel is a lovely, memorable place to be married. Although the contribution is pretty steep, it's tax deductible and personally I was happy to support the location for everything it represents. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

The staff was great to work with and they allowed me to move my time around after I put my contribution down (provided there was not a reservation already in place for the time slot). It does fill up VERY quickly so you need to make your reservation as early as possible. I really enjoyed talking with our pastor, Don Barnes; he shared a lot of interesting history about the Swedenborgian faith and he was inquisitive but not judgmental about me and my now-husband's spiritual paths.

The wedding coordinator was lovely to work with as well, she took her time and offered to repeat any portions of the rehearsal that we felt uncomfortable with.

The only complaint I had is that on the morning of my ceremony, there was a marathon being held on the only road that accesses the chapel. I wish they had warned us ahead of time about the terrible traffic. We assumed we'd be okay heading up on a Saturday at 9am but we ended up arriving almost 45 minutes late due to the marathon, and a number of our guests did not make it in the time for the ceremony.
Wayfarers Chapel is a lovely, memorable place to be married. Although the contribution is pretty steep, it's tax Read more...
Wayfarers Chapel is a lovely, memorable place to be married. Although the contribution is pretty steep, it's tax deductible and personally I was happy to support the location for everything it represents. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

The staff was great to work with and they allowed me to move my time around after I put my contribution down (provided there was not a reservation already in place for the time slot). It does fill up VERY quickly so you need to make your reservation as early as possible. I really enjoyed talking with our pastor, Don Barnes; he shared a lot of interesting history about the Swedenborgian faith and he was inquisitive but not judgmental about me and my now-husband's spiritual paths.

The wedding coordinator was lovely to work with as well, she took her time and offered to repeat any portions of the rehearsal that we felt uncomfortable with.

The only complaint I had is that on the morning of my ceremony, there was a marathon being held on the only road that accesses the chapel. I wish they had warned us ahead of time about the terrible traffic. We assumed we'd be okay heading up on a Saturday at 9am but we ended up arriving almost 45 minutes late due to the marathon, and a number of our guests did not make it in the time for the ceremony. Read less
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Betty
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.2/5.0
The customer service was great, everyone is so experienced they know exactly what questions to ask so that everything goes smoothly. We loved our minister and the overall message of the ceremony. Music is highly customized so it was great for me, a music lover. There are no decorations allowed (no time to clean up before next wedding) but I didn't feel it was needed at all with how beautiful the chapel is.

The pricing is very comparable to other venues. I would've paid the same or more to have my wedding at my reception hotel since I would've needed to rent the chairs, buy more flowers and hire a minister. The coordinator is included at the chapel which is great value in my opinion.

The downside of course is not having much time on the grounds but as long as everyone is on time then you will be OK. I took all the pictures I needed of my bridal party, a couple quick family pics in the chapel after the ceremony and then the rest of time was just us on the grounds. We went to a 2nd location afterwards to do all the family portriats which can take an hour or more.
The customer service was great, everyone is so experienced they know exactly what questions to ask so that everything goes Read more...
The customer service was great, everyone is so experienced they know exactly what questions to ask so that everything goes smoothly. We loved our minister and the overall message of the ceremony. Music is highly customized so it was great for me, a music lover. There are no decorations allowed (no time to clean up before next wedding) but I didn't feel it was needed at all with how beautiful the chapel is.

The pricing is very comparable to other venues. I would've paid the same or more to have my wedding at my reception hotel since I would've needed to rent the chairs, buy more flowers and hire a minister. The coordinator is included at the chapel which is great value in my opinion.

The downside of course is not having much time on the grounds but as long as everyone is on time then you will be OK. I took all the pictures I needed of my bridal party, a couple quick family pics in the chapel after the ceremony and then the rest of time was just us on the grounds. We went to a 2nd location afterwards to do all the family portriats which can take an hour or more. Read less
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bonbon
Wedding:
12/19/2009
4.4/5.0
The Wayfarer's Chapel is absolutely stunning. My guests were all in awe of the location & talked about how beautiful it was & how they would love to or had loved to, get married there as well. The trade off for the spectacular views & scenery is the price. The mandatory donation was $2,500.00 & if you want to add the Candelight service, which adds pillar candles to each pew & 2 extra ceremony musicians, it is an additional $400.00. So, needless to say it is not an inexpensive location seeing that after your ceremony you must go elsewhere for your reception. Also, the staff is VERY strict about getting you off the grounds in time for the next wedding. So, if you haven't taken all the pictures you want you will need to travel elsewhere. Overall, I could not have imagined getting married anywhere else-it was the most beautiful wedding I have ever attended (regardless of the fact that I am biased!)
The Wayfarer's Chapel is absolutely stunning. My guests were all in awe of the location & talked about how beautiful it Read more...
The Wayfarer's Chapel is absolutely stunning. My guests were all in awe of the location & talked about how beautiful it was & how they would love to or had loved to, get married there as well. The trade off for the spectacular views & scenery is the price. The mandatory donation was $2,500.00 & if you want to add the Candelight service, which adds pillar candles to each pew & 2 extra ceremony musicians, it is an additional $400.00. So, needless to say it is not an inexpensive location seeing that after your ceremony you must go elsewhere for your reception. Also, the staff is VERY strict about getting you off the grounds in time for the next wedding. So, if you haven't taken all the pictures you want you will need to travel elsewhere. Overall, I could not have imagined getting married anywhere else-it was the most beautiful wedding I have ever attended (regardless of the fact that I am biased!) Read less
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CJ
Wedding:
11/14/2009
4.8/5.0
Beautiful chapel and surroundings with a well-organized team devoted to make your wedding day seamless. Our coordinator, Marion, was absolutely fantastic. Our ceremony was perfect!

The ceremony cost (donation) is pricey - but worth it if within your budget.
Beautiful chapel and surroundings with a well-organized team devoted to make your wedding day seamless. Our coordinator, Read more...
Beautiful chapel and surroundings with a well-organized team devoted to make your wedding day seamless. Our coordinator, Marion, was absolutely fantastic. Our ceremony was perfect!

The ceremony cost (donation) is pricey - but worth it if within your budget. Read less
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MuffinB
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Beautiful chapel!
Beautiful chapel!
Beautiful chapel! Read less
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SuperChooper
Wedding:
9/10/2009
5.0/5.0
I live in the area, and the chapel represents everything about Southern California. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, blue sky, and surrounded by beautiful green...everything I wanted for my special day. We wanted to have a small and intimate wedding with family members and close friends, so the Wayfarers was the perfect location!
I live in the area, and the chapel represents everything about Southern California. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, blue Read more...
I live in the area, and the chapel represents everything about Southern California. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, blue sky, and surrounded by beautiful green...everything I wanted for my special day. We wanted to have a small and intimate wedding with family members and close friends, so the Wayfarers was the perfect location! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.0/5.0
The chapel is beautiful, but beware - you will not get one extra second on the grounds than the 2 hour time slot you've paid through the nose for!! Furthermore, they didn't inform me until AFTER they had my non-refundable "donation" that there would be construction going on that would be in the way of some of our photographs. The "coordinator" was rude and pushy to my photographer, and wouldn't allow us 2 extra minutes to take pictures of us with the beautiful ocean backdrop (the whole reason we were there in the first place!) despite the fact that there was no one scheduled to come in after us. Rude, rude, rude. Oh, and the minister sounded like Kermit the frog. :P It was all my husband and I could do to keep a straight face during the ceremony. Absolutely beautiful location though, just know that they have absolutely ZERO flexibility.
The chapel is beautiful, but beware - you will not get one extra second on the grounds than the 2 hour time slot you've Read more...
The chapel is beautiful, but beware - you will not get one extra second on the grounds than the 2 hour time slot you've paid through the nose for!! Furthermore, they didn't inform me until AFTER they had my non-refundable "donation" that there would be construction going on that would be in the way of some of our photographs. The "coordinator" was rude and pushy to my photographer, and wouldn't allow us 2 extra minutes to take pictures of us with the beautiful ocean backdrop (the whole reason we were there in the first place!) despite the fact that there was no one scheduled to come in after us. Rude, rude, rude. Oh, and the minister sounded like Kermit the frog. :P It was all my husband and I could do to keep a straight face during the ceremony. Absolutely beautiful location though, just know that they have absolutely ZERO flexibility. Read less
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