Weddings

The Maxwell House

Pasadena, CA View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   37 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
  • Black-owned
  • Asian-owned
  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

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?

$6,500

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

$6,500

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?

$6,500

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

$6,500

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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37 Reviews

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Rated
4.8
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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Rachimah M. Married on 09/04/2021
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    Pasadena Perfect!

    The Maxwell House is the perfect place for an intimate Pasadena wedding! Located in the heart of Pasadena in an historic mansion, it is rich with history and built for romance! Not only is the staff incredible to work with, but it is great to know that the money you spend there goes towards making the world a better place by supporting the work of their nonprofit organization, the Western Justice Center!
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    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!
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    Stephanie B. Married on 06/26/2021
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    Exactly what we wanted

    What I loved most about hosting our event at Maxwell house is that they supplied pretty much everything we needed: tables, chairs, a bar table, a beautiful arch, etc. It made it really easy for us. Also, the venue fee goes towards to run their non-profit programs for youth. Rae the event coordinator was attentive and knew what questions to ask and was very helpful in making sure our event was well planned. Our guests kept complimenting on the venue, antique and unique!

Awards

  • 37
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Real Weddings

  • William & Jeraldine
    22 photos · 10/26/2019
  • Casey & Patrick
    19 photos · 01/13/2018
  • Bernd & Erin
    32 photos · 08/09/2015

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55 South Grand Ave Pasadena, CA, 91105
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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 75% 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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