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.
$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.
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:
In addition to hosting grand affairs, The Maxwell House is also happy to host intimate elopements. Additional events they will hold include:
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Sarah · Married on 07/27/2019
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.Sent on 08/12/2019
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!
Daron · Married on 04/13/2019
Beautiful location at an amazing value!
The Maxwell House was the perfect location for our wedding. Incredibly affordable for all the that they supply, and in an amazingly beautiful area in Pasadena. The event coordinator, Reid, was always so quick to respond to any email I sent and helped us in any way possible. The space inside and outside the venue is so unique for a wedding, which gave our guests the ability to go from one room to another and mingle and socialize. All rooms are filled with beautiful antique furniture, and the venue provides all the folding tables and chairs you would need. The history of the building is also interesting, and the fact that the proceeds went to a non-profit made us feel good as well. All our guests were amazed by the space and surprised by how inexpensive it all was. I would recommend The Maxwell House for any event in a heartbeat!Sent on 07/09/2019
The Maxwell House's reply:Thank you so much Daron! You gentlemen were a dream to work with, and we were thrilled to be a part of your special day!
Juliet · Married on 02/16/2019
Maxwell House was the third venue we toured. And we instantly fell in love with the venue. Actually, my husband was the one who loved it first. But I'm glad we chose Maxwell House to host our reception. We got married this year on February 16, 2019. I know my review is way over due but I wanted to save the best for last. :) The event coordinator, Reid, was very responsive and professional and easy to work with. He was amazing and always there to answer any questions or concerns we have. And trust me we had a lot of concerns. But in the end, it all worked out and we could have not picked a better venue to celebrate the happiest day of our lives.Sent on 10/09/2019
It was raining all week until Friday night, the night before our wedding. Thankfully that week, we went to see Reid and he came to our rescue and helped ease our worries ... He helped us with developing a new seating plan which we called PLAN D. We opted to put everyone inside the venue instead of some outside. And ended up putting the buffet and the bar outside. But low and behold, on the day of our wedding, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. We had a beautiful venue that made our special day perfect.
Furthermore, we couldn't believe how affordable it was. The price included everything you need for a wedding (tables, chairs, cake stand, speakers, etc) and its all for a set price. So we did not have to spend too much on renting tables and chairs. In addition, all the proceeds goes to a non-profit organization which I thought was extraordinary. Good to know the money is going to a good cause. And you can bring your own vendors and alcohol. FANTASTIC! This was a huge help and saved us a lot of money. Granted, they must be liscensed and such of course. But it was still affordable. Also, they only book one wedding a weekend which was unbelievable and a huge lifesaver because we had a 4 hour window on Friday to decorate and setup. We got so many compliments on how beautiful the venue was.
THANK YOU TO THE MAXWELL HOUSE AND THE STAFF, ESPECIALLY REID, FOR MAKING THE DAY SPECIAL!
OUR WEDDING WAS ABSOLUTELY A MEMORY OF A LIFETIME.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE!
Juliet and Roderick
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