WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Wedding bells are ringing in West Hollywood, and hundreds of ceremonies have been performed in the days since same sex marriage resumed in California in late June. To assist couples hoping to tie the knot in the most LGBT-friendly city in the world, Visit West Hollywood has prepared a guide to West Hollywood weddings.
From obtaining a marriage license to planning the ultimate honeymoon, this guide is designed to help same-sex couples affirm their commitments and mark this momentous occasion in high style.
“With more than 30% of the residential population identifying as LGBT, West Hollywood has long been one of the most popular gay travel destinations, offering visitors a wonderful location to celebrate their individuality,” said Bradley Burlingame, President & CEO of Visit West Hollywood.
“From a simple civil ceremony to a lavish rooftop affair, West Hollywood offers not just unique wedding venues but an overarching spirit of inclusion and a longstanding support for the LGBT community that is woven into the city’s foundation.”
WHY WEST HOLLYWOOD?
At 1.9 square miles in size, West Hollywood is located in the center of the Greater Los Angeles region and is home to 39,000 residents, more than 30% of whom identify as gay or lesbian. Founded in 1984, the city has always been at the forefront of the equal rights movement. In its first year, West Hollywood became the second city in the nation to create a domestic partner registry. In 1985, the city adopted a Domestic Partnership Ordinance that provided equal rights for domestic partners and married couples in the city.
West Hollywood was also one of the first cities in the country to pass a resolution in support of marriage equality and has been one of the most ardent and vocal advocates for the legal rights of same-sex couples and the right to marry. With its stellar equal-rights credentials, West Hollywood is the ideal destination for same sex couples looking to tie the knot. So, what exactly do couples need to do to formalize their commitment?
STEP 1: OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE
A marriage license can be issued from one of the listed Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk branch offices. The closest location to West Hollywood is the Beverly Hills office. Couples should be sure to review the detailed information about the marriage license and civil ceremony process before going to the County to get a license or coming to West Hollywood for a ceremony.
STEP 2: PLANNING YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
The simplest way to get married is to have a civil ceremony in West Hollywood. Ceremonies will be conducted every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park. You must make an appointment in advance, which you can do at a branch of the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s office. You can make an appointment at the same time that you get your marriage license or by calling 310-288-1261. There is a $25 fee. Availability of civil marriage ceremonies is limited, so be sure to book as far in advance as possible and refer to this helpful LA County guide to getting your marriage license and the civil ceremony process for full details.
If you are looking for a more elaborate ceremony or want to throw a reception after your civil ceremony, West Hollywood offers a wide array of stunning venues, from hotel rooftops with panoramic views, to charming garden settings, to non-traditional settings like legendary Sunset Strip music venues. All of West Hollywood’s venues and hotels are exceedingly gay-friendly and eager to book gay weddings and honeymoons.
The London West Hollywood hotel has launched a glamorous “One Love” London Wedding Package that includes a ceremony in an English garden setting, customized cocktail reception, three-course dinner menu prepared by the Gordon Ramsay culinary team, a personal wedding consultant, DJ, flower arrangements and a stay in the Royal Crown Suite. This package also includes a complimentary honeymoon at The London’s sister property in NYC. Prices for this package start at $50,000 for 125 people. For more details or to book this wedding package, contact The London West Hollywood at 310-358-7776.
In addition to a shimmering rooftop pool, Petit Ermitage has a private rooftop club. With 360 degree views of the Hollywood Hills, the rooftop is a beautiful setting for your wedding and reception (up to 120 people). Exchange “I do’s” in the beautiful garden, celebrate with food and toasts at the Butterfly Bar, then mingle with your guests and receive congratulations around the pool and fireplace well into the night. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-967-6324 for more information about booking Petit Ermitage’s Private Rooftop Club.
If a modern and upscale destination is the vibe you’re after, wedding venues don’t get much swankier than the Andaz West Hollywood. Say “I Do” to your lover in the hotel’s top-floor ballroom with panoramic views of the star-studded LA skyline. You can expect a picture perfect wedding from the moment you walk down the aisle until the minute you run off to your spacious suite for the night. For more information about Andaz West Hollywood weddings please visit andazwesthollywood.com or call 323-656-1234.
At the Sunset Marquis, the savvy event coordinators are ready and willing to make your wedding dreams come true. Just off the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis is set on five acres of lush gardens and has 100 spacious suites, 52 luxury villas and two outdoor swimming pools. The hotel has hosted legendary events throughout history. If your vision is to have an elegant and intimate Hollywood-style wedding, allow the Sunset Marquis to turn your vision into a reality. For more information about the Sunset Marquis please visit sunsetmarquis.com or call (310) 358-3751.
Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, the Chamberlain West Hollywood is an all-suite property offering a rooftop patio that can accommodate up to 50 guests. The hotel is offering wedding receptions beginning at $125 per person (plus tax) for lunch and $150 per person (plus tax) for dinner. For more information about the Chamberlain, call 310-657-7400 or visit chamberlainwesthollywood.com.
STEP 3: PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON
Located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills in the heart of Los Angeles and just 1.9 square miles in size, the city of West Hollywood is centrally located and completely walkable. To make your wedding celebration a truly unforgettable experience, plan your cosmopolitan honeymoon at one of West Hollywood’s 15 chic hotels. Spend your days shopping in the fashion boutiques and interior design showrooms of the West Hollywood Design District, lounging poolside, or visiting one of the area’s many cultural attractions. And when the sun goes down, West Hollywood really heats up with world-class dining experiences and the legendary nightspots of The Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard. No matter how you choose to spend your honeymoon in West Hollywood, you’ll be surrounded by a community that celebrates your love unconditionally. For more ideas on planning a world-class honeymoon in West Hollywood, go to visitwesthollywood.com or call us at 310-289-2525.
ABOUT VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD
Visit West Hollywood (formerly known as the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau) is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the City of West Hollywood as a “living forward” visitor destination to business and leisure travelers by promoting awareness of the city’s unique location, image, businesses and industries and by providing support for the city’s economic development efforts. For more information on West Hollywood’s cutting edge businesses or to plan the ultimate getaway, please check out our official travel and visitors guide at www.visitwesthollywood.com.