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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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Kristine
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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bonnie
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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Cynthia
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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Kathy
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Beautiful chapel!
Beautiful chapel!
Beautiful chapel! Read less
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Miyuki
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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Cristina
Wedding:
9/9/2009
4.9/5.0
There couldn't be a better place to do your vows than the Wayfarer's Chapel. We had a sunset candle light wedding and the feel of this location is very different compared to day time. It was elegant and breath taking. Guests will forever remember your wedding because of the ambiance. The ceremony was nearly flawless. The only drawback is that you can only have about 100 people in the chapel otherwise it'll look too jam packed and the fire dept. will need to be called since it's capacity is only for 100 people or so. This is a great location especially if you would like to have an intimate ceremony. Your wedding memories will definitely be remembered with timeless style. If you have the budget, there are hidden cameras that are set on the ceiling and walls to capture your wedding ceremony without obstructions. The cameras are controlled remotely and the company that is contracted with the Wayfarer's chapel is very professional and can also cover your reception on HD. The chapel staff are truly amazing and the music coordinator is very talented. We requested Coldplay and U2 to be played during the pre-processional and he was able to play them with ease! BTW, the chapel fees are all tax deductible so when you think about it, it's definitely worth it to get married here!!! Hope this review helped you & good luck with your wedding preparations!!!
There couldn't be a better place to do your vows than the Wayfarer's Chapel. We had a sunset candle light wedding and the Read more...
There couldn't be a better place to do your vows than the Wayfarer's Chapel. We had a sunset candle light wedding and the feel of this location is very different compared to day time. It was elegant and breath taking. Guests will forever remember your wedding because of the ambiance. The ceremony was nearly flawless. The only drawback is that you can only have about 100 people in the chapel otherwise it'll look too jam packed and the fire dept. will need to be called since it's capacity is only for 100 people or so. This is a great location especially if you would like to have an intimate ceremony. Your wedding memories will definitely be remembered with timeless style. If you have the budget, there are hidden cameras that are set on the ceiling and walls to capture your wedding ceremony without obstructions. The cameras are controlled remotely and the company that is contracted with the Wayfarer's chapel is very professional and can also cover your reception on HD. The chapel staff are truly amazing and the music coordinator is very talented. We requested Coldplay and U2 to be played during the pre-processional and he was able to play them with ease! BTW, the chapel fees are all tax deductible so when you think about it, it's definitely worth it to get married here!!! Hope this review helped you & good luck with your wedding preparations!!! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Beautiful place for a wedding. Impossible to take a bad picture! Loved it.
Beautiful place for a wedding. Impossible to take a bad picture! Loved it.
Beautiful place for a wedding. Impossible to take a bad picture! Loved it. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/13/2009
4.5/5.0
I never thought I would ever be married in a church. We wanted to get married outside. But I'm telling you, if you step foot into the Wayfarers chapel, you won't be able to talk yourself out of getting married there. It is a bit pricey, they are incredibly strict (no decorations allowed, no petals allowed to be dropped, and nothing is allowed to be thrown / blown at you during the recessional). It doesn't matter. This is a spiritual place. A wonderful place. The Rev that married us was amazing. We aren't EXTREMELY religious people, but we heartily believe in God and he formed the service around our beliefs and values. They do all sorts of weddings, including humanistic and homosexual. All of our wedding party fell in love with the place and also wants to get married here. I would reccommend this venue to anyone!

Just be sure to book WAY in advance. We booked a year and 3 months in advance and got June 13th at 4pm. PERFECT time. But there were already weekends in June booked when we did this!
I never thought I would ever be married in a church. We wanted to get married outside. But I'm telling you, if you step Read more...
I never thought I would ever be married in a church. We wanted to get married outside. But I'm telling you, if you step foot into the Wayfarers chapel, you won't be able to talk yourself out of getting married there. It is a bit pricey, they are incredibly strict (no decorations allowed, no petals allowed to be dropped, and nothing is allowed to be thrown / blown at you during the recessional). It doesn't matter. This is a spiritual place. A wonderful place. The Rev that married us was amazing. We aren't EXTREMELY religious people, but we heartily believe in God and he formed the service around our beliefs and values. They do all sorts of weddings, including humanistic and homosexual. All of our wedding party fell in love with the place and also wants to get married here. I would reccommend this venue to anyone!

Just be sure to book WAY in advance. We booked a year and 3 months in advance and got June 13th at 4pm. PERFECT time. But there were already weekends in June booked when we did this! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
6/1/2009
4.8/5.0
The Wayfarers Chapel is a beautiful place to get married! The ministers and staff are very easy to get along with and are pretty flexible regarding reading and music choices for the ceremony. All the employees are very helpful and kind. The only downside to this venue is that there are no reception facilities (in other words, you need to have the big party somewhere else). Fortunately, there are a lot of reception venues nearby (with rates ranging from "That's a great deal!" to "That's way too much!"), so it's not really a deal-breaker. I would absolutely recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married at a location that is beautiful on any day, during any time and season. (It ended up raining on our wedding day and even the dark clouds couldn't take away from the Wayfarers' beauty.)

I said that it took us 12+ months to book the Wayfarers, but I don't know really know how far in advance you have to book it. Our wedding was on a Monday, so I feel like we probably could have waited longer (we booked it over a year in advance just because we felt like it). I'm pretty sure that more popular days of the week (Friday or Saturday) get snatched up much sooner though, so if you know the Wayfarers is where you want to have your ceremony, you might as well book it early.
The Wayfarers Chapel is a beautiful place to get married! The ministers and staff are very easy to get along with and are Read more...
The Wayfarers Chapel is a beautiful place to get married! The ministers and staff are very easy to get along with and are pretty flexible regarding reading and music choices for the ceremony. All the employees are very helpful and kind. The only downside to this venue is that there are no reception facilities (in other words, you need to have the big party somewhere else). Fortunately, there are a lot of reception venues nearby (with rates ranging from "That's a great deal!" to "That's way too much!"), so it's not really a deal-breaker. I would absolutely recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married at a location that is beautiful on any day, during any time and season. (It ended up raining on our wedding day and even the dark clouds couldn't take away from the Wayfarers' beauty.)

I said that it took us 12+ months to book the Wayfarers, but I don't know really know how far in advance you have to book it. Our wedding was on a Monday, so I feel like we probably could have waited longer (we booked it over a year in advance just because we felt like it). I'm pretty sure that more popular days of the week (Friday or Saturday) get snatched up much sooner though, so if you know the Wayfarers is where you want to have your ceremony, you might as well book it early. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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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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