Weddings

The Maxwell House

Pasadena, CA View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   34 reviews
Up to 150 guests

About

Up to 150 guests

The Maxwell House is a historic mansion and wedding venue located in the heart of downtown Pasadena, California. This unique, Mediterranean Italianette-style mansion was built in the 1920s by Marston and Maybury as a private residence for the Maxwell family. It features tile roofing, stucco walls, a strong Palladian entrance, and elaborate detailing. The Maxwell House offers couples multiple indoor and outdoor settings for both their ceremony and reception.

Cost
$7000 Flat Fee. There is no tax added because we are a non-profit entity.


Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host up to 120 guests at this spacious wedding venue. You can say your “I do’s” outside on their beautiful garden patio. This intimate space features lush landscaping, string lights, and a gorgeous, artisan-crafted wedding arch for weddings in 2020 and beyond. In case of inclement weather, you can easily add a pop-up tent to this private oasis. After your ceremony, you and your loved ones can move into the historic mansion for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. You’ll have full use of the house, so you can utilize their dining room, library, foyer, mezzanine, and kitchen as you see fit. Their main ballroom boasts windows facing a rose garden and a grand staircase and entryway, perfect for making a lavish entrance. The 1,083-square-foot foyer features a 12' x 12' dance floor, allowing you and your guests to dance the night away. You are welcome to have your ceremony inside and reception outside as well. You may use the spaces as you desire, so long as no damage is done to the property.

Services Offered
This full-service venue operates the non-profit The Western Justice Center, so your rental fee will go towards supporting programs that promote conflict resolution and social justice. Couples will have private use of the venue for 4 hours on the Friday before the wedding for their rehearsal and 12 hours on the day of the wedding, allowing you plenty of time to set up and relax before your festivities commence. There’s a dressing room located upstairs that you and your wedding party can use to get ready in, as well as plenty of complimentary parking in a nearby lot for your guests. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee at this venue, along with setup and teardown of the Maxwell House owned furniture. Clients must clean up after themselves, and return the space in the manner which it was given.

Additional services include:

  • Cake or food serving cart
  • Indoor AC and heating
  • Lighting and sound
  • Microphone and stand
  • Outside vendors
  • Portable indoor projector and screen
  • WiFi
  • 120 Wooden Folding Chairs
  • 120 Gold Chiavari Ballroom Chairs
  • 12 60" Round Event Tables
  • 8 6' rectangular Tables
  • 2 8' rectangular Tables
  • Sweetheart Table
  • Hand Crafted Artisan Wedding Arch
  • String Lighting
  • Event Tenting for inclement weather only


Other Services
In addition to hosting grand affairs, The Maxwell House is also happy to host intimate elopements. Additional events they will hold include:

  • Bridal shower
  • Engagement party
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Quinceañeras
  • Mitzvahs
  • Conferences
  • Meetings

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6500.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$6500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$6500.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

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What months are included in your off-peak season?

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34 Reviews

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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  • Claire
    Claire S. Married on 07/25/2021
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    An absolute gem of a venue

    Like many other couples, we had to reschedule our 2020 wedding plans. Thankfully we had already booked the Maxwell House – it turned out to be one of our best decisions!

    For one thing, Rae and her team are true experts, and they're committed to making your experience seamless. There was not a single moment during the planning process that they were anything but prepared, helpful, and friendly. They also went above and beyond to accommodate our changing needs, moving our date twice and then adjusting for a smaller micro wedding with a brunch reception.

    For another thing: It's a drop-dead gorgeous location on a quiet residential street. It has some incredible Old Hollywood vibes, and there are so many romantic spots both inside the house and outside on the patios. Rae and her team gave great recommendations for our timeline and floor plan, and on the wedding day, they guided all of our vendors through setup without a single hitch.

    The cherry on top? This venue is run by a non-profit, which means that your money goes directly to supporting something good.

    There's literally no downside to hiring the Maxwell House. Do yourself a favor and check them out!
  • Vanessa
    Vanessa Married on 11/09/2019
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    Beautiful, Intimate & Affordable Venue

    Maxwell House was perfect for our budget mindful DIY wedding. It allowed us the flexibility we needed to pull off our dream wedding. Reid Lee, the director of operations and events is the most fabulous and supportive venue contact you could want. We met with plenty of not so nice venue managers before him, so Reid was a breath of fresh air, and we were so grateful to work with him.

    Maxwell House only does one event per weekend so you have the option to do a 4 hour set-up and rehearsal the Friday before. They give you the freedom to bring in and choose whichever vendors you like, a big plus! We also had the option to do our own bar, our own planning, and we had a family member run sound instead of using a DJ or band. This saved us 1000’s.

    Aside from the freedom, flexibility and affordability of Maxwell House, the venue is GORGEOUS! When we first walked in the foyer, the floor to ceiling west windows and dramatic staircase took my breath away. Its stand alone beauty will save you a lot of money, energy and time as the space simply doesn't need a lot added. It’s a vintage stunner.

    Another amazing thing is that Maxwell House offers outdoor and indoor space on one property. They also offer free parking in a lot across the street!

    If you want to have all your guests seated for dinner in one room, I would recommend having 75 people or fewer. We were told that Maxwell House could accommodate seating for 120 guests so we over invited. Fortunately only 93 came because I honestly don’t know where the others would have fit - it was tight, but very happy! Ooh, also, Maxwell House provides tables and chairs for dinner seating and ceremony seating, too. They set it up in time for your rehearsal!

    There’s a noise curfew for amplified sound outside, and they have a built in dance floor inside, so it's definitely in your favor to do a DJ/band/sound indoors, if that is something you want.

    If you have vendors and rentals that cannot be picked up the day/night of the ceremony, they will have the option to pick up their items as late as the Monday following the event. However, if you do your own decor, props, etc, you have to have it out by 11PM the night of your event. Yes, that means after you are married and eat and drink and dance and you’re exhausted, you and whoever is willing to help will have to round up every single thing you brought in and load it out by 11PM. This was the only downside of our wedding. I wish we could have afforded to pay for someone to load out for us.

    Overall, we LOVED Maxwell House - I highly, highly recommend it! Even though we were in this mansion we could never afford to live in, it felt like being home, celebrating with our most favorite people. It was classic, elegant but somehow cozy, too. It will forever be one of my most favorite days with so many favorite memories largely due to Maxwell House and the array of possibilities it gave us.

    Thank you Maxwell House and Reid - we have so much love for you!!
  • Sarah
    Sarah Married on 07/27/2019
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    Amazing Experience

    Every aspect of the Maxwell House was amazing. Reid and Melissa made our wedding perfect! They were so helpful throughout the entire process. The Maxwell House is such an elegant venue that comes with so much for the cost. My favorite part is that the money goes to teaching tolerance education programs instead of the wedding industry. The venue is beautiful and unique. We loved everything about the Maxwell House and we hope others seriously consider this location for their perfect wedding.

    The Maxwell House's reply:

    Thank you so much Sarah! We were so happy to host your wedding and wish you all the best as newlyweds!

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55 South Grand Ave Pasadena, CA, 91105
626-325-0671
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The Maxwell House frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Maxwell House?

The Maxwell House includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of The Maxwell House in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Maxwell House for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Maxwell House for wedding events?

The Maxwell House offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Maxwell House offer?

The Maxwell House offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Maxwell House offer for wedding events?

The Maxwell House offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What percentage of users recommend The Maxwell House and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Maxwell House is recommended by 73% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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