Westminster Presbyterian Church is a wedding venue located in Pasadena, California. The church has been a central figure with the Pasadena community since 1928 and the host of many beautiful wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the years. The French Gothic Cathedral offers a majestic wedding for both large celebrations and smaller more intimate affairs.
Facilities and Capacity
The Gothic Cathedral is the ideal setting for traditional wedding ceremonies surrounded by gorgeous decorated arched ceilings, an array of chandeliers, classic large stained glass windows, wooden pews, and polish flooring. The cathedral can be decorated to best suit each couple’s desired taste and to highlight their relationship as a loving couple. Each couple can continue their celebrations away from the church and in the spacious Reception Hall. The hall can be configured in a variety of ways and accommodate up to 300 guests with ample space for a dance floor and live entertainment. The Reception hall has been renovated to the highest of standards and uses a neutral color scheme for couple’s to implement their own design on proceedings. For more information regarding event spaces, couples can contact the venue’s dedicated staff directly through their official website or email.
Westminster Presbyterian provides couples with a range of event services and rental items to make their planning process run as smoothly and as stress-free as possible. Working in close relation with the site’s professional event planner, couples can ensure every aspect of their day is covered with distinction and no small detail is overlooked. Included in the venue’s starting wedding ceremony fee, couples get a 60-minute rehearsal, a unity candle, an organist, a minster, ceremony coordinator, brides and grooms suites, premarital counseling course, and more. Additional services include free on-site parking, lighting, and audio equipment.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is located in the center of the local community. Having been a pillar for many locals in the surrounding area for many years, the church is conveniently located near many helpful amenities and natural parks for great photo opportunities. For guests traveling from further afield, Los Angeles International Airport is approximately a one hour and ten-minute drive away.
Recommended by 81% of couples
Jennifer · Married on 06/23/2012
This church is GORGEOUS. The pastors are wonderful and fun. You can be any faith as long as you do the ceremony with joint pastors. You have to do pre-marital counseling at the church. They seem pricy at first, but in the end it's worth every penny. The live organists, the amazing look of the sanctuary, a day of wedding coordinator to keep you on time and tell you where to go.... In the end it was perfect for our wedding day.Sent on 06/29/2012
The only draw backs are that you can't have any recorded music so you you either have organ only or have to hire musicians. We hired to two trumpet players and it was epic. The other draw back is that the photographers have to stay behind the last row of guests or be in the upper level pews. I haven't seen my professional photos yet so I can't comment on the impact that this rule has.
In the end I can't imagine having my wedding anywhere else and I'd book it again in a heartbeat.
Jennifer · Married on 06/21/2014
Westminster is a GORGEOUS French gothic cathedral built somewhere in the 1920s, complete with gorgeous stained glass windows! It is a bit pricey, but it compares well to other wedding venues. Pre-marital counseling is required and a part of the fee, but it is well worth it. Even if you are not religious or of a different faith, their counseling sessions are non-biased and non-judgmental. We enjoyed them so much that we were surprised how quickly they went by and we were sad when we found out we weren't going to have any more! As far as the venue itself, as others have said, no pre-recorded music is allowed. However, the pipe organ is incredible and if you can splurge to hire additional musicians (trumpet or guitar players), it would make it that much more awesome. We couldn't splurge, but the organ was beautiful all on its own (and honestly, I was so nervous walking down the aisle, the only thing I remember is trying not to fall and just waving hello at everyone). My only complaint is that one of the coordinators was a little less than professional when dealing with the bridal party. She snapped at my girls because we were running a few minutes behind schedule (as most weddings typically do). She thought she had been clear about getting them to line up, but she wasn't and she came back and snapped at them when they were just waiting to be told what to do. Considering that they are used to doing a LOT of weddings, I expected a little more decorum than that. Aside from that and a lack of proper air conditioning in the reception hall, those were the ONLY hiccups and everything else ran smoothly. The pastor is super nice (and funny!) and the rest of the staff is wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Westminster to host your wedding ceremony if you are looking for a gorgeous gothic cathedral with incredible stained glass windows and an exceptional counseling session that will help prepare you for your upcoming marriage.Sent on 06/29/2014
Lois · Married on 05/19/2012
Gorgeous gorgeous church. Photographs really nicely. Rev. Twining Campbell co-officiated our wedding and he was really easy to work with. Just a heads up, if you want to get married at this church, you have to take 5 pre-marital counseling sessions ... which my husband and I actually ended up enjoying. We got to know more about each other during these sessions and talked about certain issues that were never brought up in the 5+ years we were dating. The ceremony coordinator and reception coordinator were both very professional and made sure the entire wedding from start to finish went as smoothly as possible.Sent on 09/17/2012