La Venta Inn Welcomes the LGBTQ+ Community with open arms in Palos Verdes Estates

Craft a Wedding That Celebrates Your Love With Our LGBTQ+ Inclusive Venue
La Venta Inn stands as an unparalleled destination for LGBTQ+ weddings, embracing love in all its forms. With a commitment to inclusivity and personalized services, our historic venue offers breathtaking ocean and city views, tailored amenities, and a supportive environment to celebrate your love story.

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LGBTQ+ weddings are important celebrations of love’s power and resilience. As couples exchange vows, they are surrounded by loved ones in a moment of pure bliss. A perfect wedding day can be a testament to love’s enduring power and the beauty of embracing our authentic selves. Weddings are joyous occasions, and we take great pride in making every wedding a dream come true for the happy couple.

From the rehearsal dinner the night before to getting ready in our Hideaway and Ocean View suites to walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, cutting the cake, and waving goodbye, La Venta Inn works to design the wedding you’ve been dreaming of. It’s an honor to support your vision for this most precious day and bring to life not just any wedding — but your wedding. Our experts adhere to your input, preferences, and requests so you feel confident your ceremony and reception are exactly as you want them to be.

What Is an LGBTQ+ Ceremony?

LBGTQ+ ceremonies are catered to the individual couple’s preferences; some opt to embrace the traditional elements, some prefer non-traditional, and others have a mix of the two. From the officiant’s address ensuring proper pronouns, to engaged couples getting ready in our neutral Ocean View Cottage and Hideaway Suite, rather than bridal/groomsman suites, we are here to cater to your own visions for your wedding ceremony and reception to make everyone, from the couple to the guests, feel welcome and at home.

How do La Venta Inn Weddings Work?

Weddings are typically broken out into getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour during photos, and the main reception including dinner service, speeches, dessert, and dancing, with plenty of photos along the way.

A wedding day starts with getting ready in our Ocean View Cottage and Hideaway Suite, excited butterflies, and then spending your big day with your closest friends and family celebrating your love and unity. Some couples choose to do a private first look or exchanging of letters with a photographer before the ceremony, while others want to wait to see their beloved in their wedding attire for the first time at the aisle. Some couples choose to get ready together to share more of their day in unison.

The details of the wedding proceedings, procession down the aisle, and reception party are all up to you! Personalize your wedding with what matters most to you. The ceremony can include romantic, personal vows, a special ritual, or a meaningful reading, and the reception can include culinary dishes that are sentimental to your relationship, your favorite music, choreographed dance routines, signature cocktails and mocktails customized for each partner, and any other personalized elements you choose to incorporate the people who mean the most to you.

Your special day will receive our undivided attention as we work to create joy-filled memories for you and your guests who travel far beyond our villa’s walls. Take the first step towards your dream wedding and reach out to discover the unparalleled offerings of one of the most inclusive wedding venues in Los Angeles County.

What Should Couples & Guests Wear To A Wedding at La Venta Inn?

It’s always important to check the weather the day before and the day-of a wedding at La Venta Inn, as temperatures along the California coastline vary and change drastically from morning to day to night. We recommend sunscreen for morning and daytime ceremonies, and warm coats for evening ceremonies and receptions. The ceremony lawn is fully outdoors, cocktail hour is typically a mix of indoors and outdoors utilizing both our ballroom space and fountain courtyard, the dinner reception in our three connected garden dining rooms is indoors, and the reception ballroom for dancing and cake cutting is also indoors. The cool ocean breeze strength changes year-round, and although heaters are present at La Venta Inn and additional heaters can be rented in advance, we recommend guests bring layers for optimal comfort throughout all parts of your wedding.

The dress code is up to the couple, and if you have a vision for the guest attire you’d like to see and have in photos, it’s helpful to include this on your invitations and wedding website. In addition to the traditional attires of black-tie, white-tie, cocktail, beach formal, and semi-formal, we’ve also enjoyed the rise of creative wedding guest attire suggestions, such as whimsical garden party and tropical formal.

For the couple, the wedding attire is completely up to your wishes; whether both partners choose to wear dresses or both wear suites, one may wear white while the other wears another color such as black, both parties may wear white, one or both parties choose to wear high-heels or flat dress shoes, what matters most is that you feel your best and most authentic self on your wedding day. Some engaged couples choose to shop together, while others shop apart to surprise their partner with their picks on the big day. If you don’t know where to get started, we can help recommend LQBTQ+ wedding dress salons and bespoke custom suit shops nearby that are as excited about your wedding as we are.

Couples and guests might also wish to represent their cultures with their attire selections. For example, those of Scottish descent might don kilts, those incorporating a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony often wear different styles of cheongsams, and those honoring Korean wedding traditions might go with hanboks. For a Jewish wedding, tallit prayer shawls may be worn and kippahs could be available to guests.

Wedding fashion trends are constantly evolving, with each wedding bringing something new to the table, whether it’s celebrating classics or reimagining what wedding attire can be.

What Personalized Elements Can I Bring In for My Wedding?

To make your wedding feel the most like what you and your partner have always dreamed, here is a list of touches to consider bringing to your venue:

Why Choose La Venta Inn for Your LGBTQ+ Wedding Venue in Los Angeles

Panoramic Ocean Views

With the Pacific Ocean in the background, wedding pictures look like true art. The serenity of the surroundings reminds us of the grounding and awe-inspiring powers of love.

Historic Charm

Built in 1923, with Spanish-style architecture and lush landscapes, La Venta exudes a timeless elegance, and you can be the next to make history here.

Personalized Service

Our dedicated team works closely with you to tailor every detail to your cultural & personal preferences.

Alliance Ally Wedding Catering in Los Angeles, CA

Being a Certified Inclusive Wedding Ally, we take the matters of love, marriage, happiness, and inclusivity as top priorities when planning, preparing for, and bringing to life your vision for your special day.

Our partnership with top-tier Michelin Star trained caterers ensures authentic and exquisite cuisine and drink selections, with fully customizable menus to delight both you and your guests. If you’re looking for a venue and wedding catering in Los Angeles that takes your preferences into consideration and makes you feel welcome, we would love to be at your service.

Made by Meg Catering

Elevated catering for weddings, corporate events, and more.

Tipsy Pear

Elevated bar services for weddings, corporate events, and more.

Explore The Beauty and Magic of La Venta

Immerse yourself in the elegance and tradition of past tea ceremony weddings hosted at La Venta Inn.

Explore the Grounds and Villa of La Venta Inn Before Your Wedding

The Ceremony Lawn

Lush, outdoor space with serene ocean views, perfect for promising your love to your soulmate in front of your family and friends. With a built-in altar and enchanting garden, the views add a touch of magic to your day.

The Courtyard

Ideal for romantic cocktail receptions, merging indoor comfort with the beauty of our running Spanish fountain, European-style arbors, flowering vines, and views of the iconic cupola.

The Ballroom

The ballroom embodies pure elegance with the original grand fireplace and two stately chandeliers. The vaulted ceilings offer a rustic hint to an evening of elevated dinner and dancing.

Client Testimonials

Hear from couples who have experienced the magic of their tea ceremony wedding at La Venta Inn and discover why we are the premier choice for celebrating your love story.

About Us

Nestled in the heart of Palos Verdes Estates, La Venta Inn has been a beacon of elegance and charm since its inception in 1923. Renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and its exquisite Spanish architecture, our venue offers a unique blend of historical grandeur and contemporary luxury.

Specializing in hosting culturally rich ceremonies like the Chinese Tea Ceremony, we pride ourselves on our ability to blend tradition with modern sophistication, ensuring every couple’s heritage is honored and celebrated. From our lush, manicured gardens to our elegant indoor spaces, La Venta Inn provides the perfect backdrop for your most cherished moments.

Bring Your Dream LGBTQ+ Wedding To Life

Let’s make your dream of a perfect LGBTQ+ wedding come true, whether that’s for you as the couple or to make your guests feel included and welcome. Contact us to explore our venue and unique offerings, and to discuss your vision to begin planning a day that reflects the depth of your love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Tailoring your wedding at La Venta is one of our specialties. Our dedicated team can assist you in every detail of your celebration. Reach out today to discover the endless possibilities!
Our Los Angeles wedding venue is suitable for gatherings of up to 200 guests. When you share specific details for the invite list, we can go over venue capacity guidelines in further detail.
Yes! La Venta has free parking for you and your guests, with 52 designated parking spaces and a parking lot attendant included in your package. We also allow limos and party buses to help transport guests, with preferred vendors available.
We would love to show you around! Schedule a time to tour our venue and we’ll share the stunning ocean and garden views and the historic architecture.
La Venta Inn is capable and proud of our ability to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs. We ask that all entree selections, allergies, and final meal counts are submitted 14 days prior to your event, so we may properly prepare. Our Michelin Star trained chef can prepare delicious dishes to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerance, and other allergies.
Try to book at least a year in advance to secure your ideal date and get everything you need ready — from rings to attire to the last song of the night.
To account for unpredictable weather, we always keep La Venta Inn’s gorgeous indoor spaces prepared in case you’d like to move the ceremony and cocktail hour locations inside.