Holiday-themed Wedding at The Victorian in Santa Monica
Santa Monica is famous for trendy boutiques and bistros, oceanview resorts and powder-sand beaches…it’s probably the last place you would expect to find a historic Victorian home and garden. Yet tucked inside Heritage Square on Santa Monica’s Main Street, a pale yellow shingled mansion lends a turn-of-the-century gentility to the lively seaside town. This unexpected juxtaposition of old-fashioned glamour in a contemporary coastal milieu makes The Victorian a delightfully intriguing venue for formal banquets, family get-togethers and all sorts of parties—bridal couples in particular are drawn to the home’s heirloom look and storied elegance. Originally built near the Hotel Miramar in 1892 as the residence of one the neighborhood’s founding families, the two-story building was moved to its current location in 1973.
The Victorian was the perfect site for Kristin and Grant's holiday-themed wedding last December with Felici Events. The brick path leading to the front door was and lined with candles, twinkle lights, and giant ornaments hanging from the trees. At the entrance, guests were greeted by a polished oak bar, beautiful chandeliers, and the couple's wishing tree where guests could leave notes for them to read while on their honeymoon. The characteristic late 19th century décor throughout—a mixture of fine antique furnishings, classical artwork and candles—was the perfect backdrop for the Christmas decorations. Kristin and Grant exchanged vows upstairs in a lovely room with a built-in bar for champagne toasts and a covered veranda for post-ceremony mingling. The sit-down reception took place downstairs in the intimate main dining room which features an octagonal enclave framed by tall windows at one corner, perfect for the bride and groom’s romantic table. A line of French doors opens to a terrace, where guests sat among trees that seem to grow right up from the wooden floor and through the latticework canopy.
The Victorian boasts an experienced staff that will help you make the most of this unique property. They’ve even put together an inclusive wedding package that covers: meal service by their in-house caterer; beer, wine, champagne and soft bar; rental fee; on-site parking; a spacious dance floor; tables, linens and Chiavari chairs; and setup and breakdown—in other words, an easy and stress-free way to entertain. The quaint home and its tranquil garden are awash in vintage charm, yet the salty tang in the air reminds visitors that the rolling waves are just one block away. With plenty of lodging options close by, your out-of-town guests will be thrilled with the opportunity to explore the local scene. Whether you fancy a cozy gathering or a lavish gala, the hospitality offered by The Victorian will lend your celebration the romantic sophistication of a bygone era.
This is a Ceremony and Reception Venue
Site fee: No Site Fee- Based on Per Person Rate Capacity: 200ppl indoor seated / outdoor 400ppl
Areas: Upstairs, Main Floor, Lawn
Bridal Dressing Room: Yes and Grooms Quarters (can't leave the men out)
Requirements: A $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required upon booking to secure your date. An additional $1,500 (also nonrefundable) is due 1 month from the initial deposit, 50% of the estimated event total is due 6 months prior and the the remaining 50% is due 2 months prior to the event. Holiday rates apply. Guaranteed guest count is due 14 days prior and final payment is due 10 days prior to the event.
Time Allotments: 6 Hour Event
Music: You may bring in DJ or Band. Amplified OK indoors until 2am
Alcohol Policy: B/W/C and Prem. Liquor
What is Provided: Set-up and Breakdown, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Glassware, Flatware, Dishware, Staffing, Venue, Candles, Dancefloor, Parking, 3 Hour Bars, Choice of Sitdown Dinner or Buffet, Personal Venue Coordinator
Decoration: House Candles- Client Provides other decor Insurance: 2Million Dollar Policy ($230.00)
Cancellation Policy: 1 Month after booking full refund
Address: 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, CA