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First comes the perfect proposal, then comes the extreme Pinning, then comes the cold, hard realization that planning the Big Day ain't cheap. Fortunately for cash-strapped couples, getting fashionably hitched in LA doesn't mean saying "I do" to an empty checking account.

Whether your definition of a budget wedding is a stunning outdoor soiree for $5,000 tops (it can be done!) or a sustainable succulents garden party for under $10K, we've rounded up 15 of LA's best wedding venues that won't break your bridal bank.

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Angels Gate Park

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Home to the Korean Bell of Friendship and Fort MacArthur Museum, this city-managed space is available for ceremonies only (up to two hours) and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a massive manicured lawn. Capacity: 150 guests max. Pricing: $566 including $100 refundable cleaning deposit.
Photo: VW Min

California Yacht Club

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A prime location for a waterside wedding. Highlights include a spacious fireside room for indoor dining and a panoramic view of the harbor for outdoor photo ops. Capacity: 170 to 400. Pricing: $1,250 and up plus $42-$65 per person for catering.
Photo: CYC

Daily Dose

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In addition to being a popular sample sale spot, the DTLA Arts District eatery's bricked dining area looks especially stunning at night when it's illuminated by the globe string lights above. Capacity: 150 guests max. Pricing: $2,460 to 2,960 plus $20-$50 per person for catering, $4,960 to $5,960 when outside catering is hired.
Photo: Daily Dose

Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock

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Housed in the historic 1914 Carnegie Library building, the airy space offers classic Mission Revival interiors and plenty of dance floor space. Brides and grooms rave that minimal decor is needed, thanks to the venue's gorgeous architectural detailing. Capacity: 125 seated guests. Total Price: $3,500 for 8 hours including $500 refundable security deposit, $150 per add'l hour; equipment rentals available.
Photo: William Kim

Inn of the Seventh Ray

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An escape located in Topanga Canyon, this eatery/special events space offers both nature-loving eye candy and an evolving California cuisine dining experience. Capacity: 150 max. Pricing: $1,450 and up for 100 guests, ceremony only.
Photo: Pinterest

James Irvine Japanese Garden at the JACC

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Located at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, this Downtown gem is known as the wedding industry's best kept secret for intimate and unique ceremonies. The garden features enchanting greenery and a waterfall, while the adjoining garden room is fit for seated dinners. Capacity: 100 guests. Pricing: $2,400 for ceremony only, $2,700 for reception only, $3,100 for ceremony and reception.
Photo: JACCC

LA River Center & Gardens

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Don't let this venue's not-so-romantic surroundings fool you. Tucked away where the 5 and the 110 freeways meet, the LA River Center's mission-style grounds and vibrant gardens make it a dreamy backdrop for any outdoor wedding. Capacity: 450 seated max. Starting prices: $4,500 to $5,500 for up to 150 guests.

Lobo Castle

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It's a freakin' castle—need we say more? Located east of Calabasas, this medieval-inspired haven was transformed by owner Denise Antico-Donlo in 2008. Capacity: 200 max. Starting price: $5,000 from 10am to 10pm.
Photo: Lobo Castle

Madeline Garden and Bistro

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This French Quarter-inspired resto houses an array of brilliantly-hued spaces for weddings of all sizes, from the Versailles-esque tea room for intimate parties to the decadent New Orleans-style Grand Room to the al fresco bricked courtyard. Capacity: 200 guests max. Starting price: $750 for the 20-guest Patio, $1,500 for the High Tea Room, $2,500 for the Courtyard, and $3,500 for the Grand Room.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

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Once the permanent vacation home petroleum geologist William W. Orcutt, this now-city-owned '20s-built property boasts an array of picturesque areas, from the lush rose garden and gazebo, bamboo-lined walkways, and the Southwest-inspired architecture, to name a few. Capacity: 175 people. Starting prices: $948 for the first 3 hours Monday through Thursday, $2114 for the first 6 hours Friday through Sunday, $2212 holidays.

The Oviatt Penthouse

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This 7,000-square-foot penthouse is a historical landmark in the heart of DTLA. From the rooftop overlooking the city's skyscrapers to a projector that plays classic movies, it's the little things that make this place unique. Capacity: 120 max. Starting prices: $1,000 for 4 hours Monday through Thursday, $3,800 for 7 hours Friday and Sunday, $5,800 for 7 hours Saturday.
Photo: Oviatt

Clark Estate

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Available from April to October, this unique Mediterranean-meets-Mission Revival landmark gem was designed by influential architect Irving Gill, who created cubist-inspired estate with "a central courtyard edged with Tuscan-style columns and graceful arches." Capacity: 30 guests max for indoor events, 200 for outdoor. Pricing: $2660 to $2720 including $500 refundable deposit.

Heritage Square Museum

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Historic architecture aficionados will find their dream venue at Heritage Square Museum, a stunning recreation of California's baby days. Couples with a small guest list can get hitched in the opulent Perry House ("an example of classic Greek Revival Italianate"), while lovebirds with larger parties can enjoy their nuptials on the greenery surrounded by the site's perfectly preserved buildings. Capacity: 350 max outdoors, 35 indoors. Pricing: $1500 (50 guests or fewer) to $6500 (301 to 350 guests) plus security deposit of $500 to $2000 for outdoor weddings; $2500 plus $1000 security deposit for indoors.

Smog Shoppe

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For couples equally committed to lowering their carbon footprint, this charming succulents-filled event space (a former smog check station) is LA's most greenest venue. The 6,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor site is 100% solar-powered and features vintage furnishings and vertical gardens. Capacity: 175 seated guests. Pricing: $5340 (75 guests Mondays through Thursdays) to $10200 (175 guests on Saturdays) plus security deposit ($2000 to $3000).
Photo: Maya Meyers/Smogshoppe

The Unique Space

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Already a cool event space for vintage shopping parties, fake proms, and unconventional wedding expos, team Unique's DTLA digs make quite the cool nuptials party, too.

Angels Gate Park

Home to the Korean Bell of Friendship and Fort MacArthur Museum, this city-managed space is available for ceremonies only (up to two hours) and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a massive manicured lawn. Capacity: 150 guests max. Pricing: $566 including $100 refundable cleaning deposit.
Photo: VW Min

California Yacht Club

A prime location for a waterside wedding. Highlights include a spacious fireside room for indoor dining and a panoramic view of the harbor for outdoor photo ops. Capacity: 170 to 400. Pricing: $1,250 and up plus $42-$65 per person for catering.
Photo: CYC

Daily Dose

In addition to being a popular sample sale spot, the DTLA Arts District eatery's bricked dining area looks especially stunning at night when it's illuminated by the globe string lights above. Capacity: 150 guests max. Pricing: $2,460 to 2,960 plus $20-$50 per person for catering, $4,960 to $5,960 when outside catering is hired.
Photo: Daily Dose

Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock

Housed in the historic 1914 Carnegie Library building, the airy space offers classic Mission Revival interiors and plenty of dance floor space. Brides and grooms rave that minimal decor is needed, thanks to the venue's gorgeous architectural detailing. Capacity: 125 seated guests. Total Price: $3,500 for 8 hours including $500 refundable security deposit, $150 per add'l hour; equipment rentals available.
Photo: William Kim

Inn of the Seventh Ray

An escape located in Topanga Canyon, this eatery/special events space offers both nature-loving eye candy and an evolving California cuisine dining experience. Capacity: 150 max. Pricing: $1,450 and up for 100 guests, ceremony only.
Photo: Pinterest

James Irvine Japanese Garden at the JACC

Located at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, this Downtown gem is known as the wedding industry's best kept secret for intimate and unique ceremonies. The garden features enchanting greenery and a waterfall, while the adjoining garden room is fit for seated dinners. Capacity: 100 guests. Pricing: $2,400 for ceremony only, $2,700 for reception only, $3,100 for ceremony and reception.
Photo: JACCC

LA River Center & Gardens

Don't let this venue's not-so-romantic surroundings fool you. Tucked away where the 5 and the 110 freeways meet, the LA River Center's mission-style grounds and vibrant gardens make it a dreamy backdrop for any outdoor wedding. Capacity: 450 seated max. Starting prices: $4,500 to $5,500 for up to 150 guests.

Lobo Castle

It's a freakin' castle—need we say more? Located east of Calabasas, this medieval-inspired haven was transformed by owner Denise Antico-Donlo in 2008. Capacity: 200 max. Starting price: $5,000 from 10am to 10pm.
Photo: Lobo Castle

Madeline Garden and Bistro

This French Quarter-inspired resto houses an array of brilliantly-hued spaces for weddings of all sizes, from the Versailles-esque tea room for intimate parties to the decadent New Orleans-style Grand Room to the al fresco bricked courtyard. Capacity: 200 guests max. Starting price: $750 for the 20-guest Patio, $1,500 for the High Tea Room, $2,500 for the Courtyard, and $3,500 for the Grand Room.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Once the permanent vacation home petroleum geologist William W. Orcutt, this now-city-owned '20s-built property boasts an array of picturesque areas, from the lush rose garden and gazebo, bamboo-lined walkways, and the Southwest-inspired architecture, to name a few. Capacity: 175 people. Starting prices: $948 for the first 3 hours Monday through Thursday, $2114 for the first 6 hours Friday through Sunday, $2212 holidays.

The Oviatt Penthouse

This 7,000-square-foot penthouse is a historical landmark in the heart of DTLA. From the rooftop overlooking the city's skyscrapers to a projector that plays classic movies, it's the little things that make this place unique. Capacity: 120 max. Starting prices: $1,000 for 4 hours Monday through Thursday, $3,800 for 7 hours Friday and Sunday, $5,800 for 7 hours Saturday.
Photo: Oviatt

Clark Estate

Available from April to October, this unique Mediterranean-meets-Mission Revival landmark gem was designed by influential architect Irving Gill, who created cubist-inspired estate with "a central courtyard edged with Tuscan-style columns and graceful arches." Capacity: 30 guests max for indoor events, 200 for outdoor. Pricing: $2660 to $2720 including $500 refundable deposit.

Heritage Square Museum

Historic architecture aficionados will find their dream venue at Heritage Square Museum, a stunning recreation of California's baby days. Couples with a small guest list can get hitched in the opulent Perry House ("an example of classic Greek Revival Italianate"), while lovebirds with larger parties can enjoy their nuptials on the greenery surrounded by the site's perfectly preserved buildings. Capacity: 350 max outdoors, 35 indoors. Pricing: $1500 (50 guests or fewer) to $6500 (301 to 350 guests) plus security deposit of $500 to $2000 for outdoor weddings; $2500 plus $1000 security deposit for indoors.

Smog Shoppe

For couples equally committed to lowering their carbon footprint, this charming succulents-filled event space (a former smog check station) is LA's most greenest venue. The 6,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor site is 100% solar-powered and features vintage furnishings and vertical gardens. Capacity: 175 seated guests. Pricing: $5340 (75 guests Mondays through Thursdays) to $10200 (175 guests on Saturdays) plus security deposit ($2000 to $3000).
Photo: Maya Meyers/Smogshoppe

The Unique Space

Already a cool event space for vintage shopping parties, fake proms, and unconventional wedding expos, team Unique's DTLA digs make quite the cool nuptials party, too.