Garden Weddings


Imagine saying “I Do” in a tranquil garden amphitheater, surrounded by a canopy of trees. Share your vows in a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling city of Los Angeles, and let our intimate wedding venues take your breath away.

With vibrant scenery & a lush landscape, the UCLA Botanical Garden will make any celebration a day to remember.

To receive our welcome packet, schedule a venue showing, or find out more information, please fill out the form. Ready to book your wedding? Head to the bottom of this page and fill out the “Interest Form”.

Please allow 48 hours for our staff to respond.

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Outdoor Amphitheater Event Space in Los Angeles

Ceremony at The Nest Amphitheater:

Seating: ~40 guests

Standing: ~ 50 guests

Maximum: ~ 70 guests with accommodation 

Open Air Event - LKGP

Reception at La Kretz Garden Pavilion + Herbert Plaza:

Seating: ~60 guests in Pavilion, ~70 guests in Herbert Plaza (with additional furniture) (130 max)

Standing: ~ 150 in Pavilion + Herbert Plaza (150 max)


Venue showings are the perfect way to see the venues for yourself, learn more about logistics, and see if our majestic garden is the right fit. Please fill out the form above to schedule your 20-minute venue showing. (Photo credit: Next Exit Photography)


• Venue showing and detailed meetings with the Garden’s Venue Coordinator
• One-hour wedding rehearsal
• Logistical support from on-site Garden staff
• Indoor furniture for up to 100 guests in the La Kretz Garden Pavilion
• Exclusive Garden access (after hours)
• Non-commercial photography permit
• Prep-kitchen with appliances
• Custodial servicing/ cleaning

Please note that your rental will not include food & beverage, event planning services , catering, music & entertainment, access to other outdoor venues, wedding coordinators, or additional furniture.


UCLA, along with the entire UC System, has made a far-reaching commitment to sustainability, including a goal of zero waste sent to landfills. As guests of UCLA, we ask that you help us transition away from single-use plastics.

Please see our Green Events Resources List for recommended zero-waste catering services, sustainable serviceware options, and more!

Herbert Plaza Layout Example


To help preserve the beauty of our living museum, we are only able to host a select number of weddings each year from March to November (which makes your ceremony all the more special).

Our standard package including a ceremony at “The Nest” Amphitheater and reception at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion is $5,500. Additional fees may apply. For more information about pricing and rental fees, please fill out the form at the top or bottom of this page.

Please note that the need for event insurance is required in order to host your wedding at UCLA. Visit this page to learn more about the affordable event liability event insurance and how you can apply in less than 5 minutes.


All wedding reservations include a non-commercial photography permit, perfect for family portraits, ceremony & reception photos, or a private engagement-portrait session at the Garden!


Already have a dream wedding date in mind? To start the reservation process, please fill out the form below so our Venue Coordinator can get in touch.

Please allow 48 hours for our staff to respond.

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Most definitely! At least one staff member will be available during your special day to help with any logistical concerns/ venue troubleshooting

Although it is recommended on getting ready at a nearby hotel, each LKGP Room has blinds and a divider that can come down in order to provide a complete private room.

> La Kretz Garden Pavilion offers a total of 3 bathrooms (1 female, 1 male, and 1 gender neutral)

Your wedding will start exclusively at 5pm which is the time the Garden closes to the public. Our team will place “Private Event” signs on all entrances to ensure the public doesn’t interfere.

Yes! Located on Tiverton Dr. next to La Kretz Garden Pavilion you will find a ramp in which you and your vendors can use to drop off anything you need on the day of.

Our new “combined mode” at our La Kretz Garden Pavilion rooms allows you to mirror audio and visuals to both rooms at the same time! New internal and external speakers are connected to set the ambiance of your special day.

Most definitely. Check out this page to find out more about furniture inventory and venue features.

25% is due upon signing the agreement, 75% is due 30 days before the wedding day.

We are sorry to hear you need to cancel your event. In the event the wedding host cancels, you are entitled to the remaining percentage of the deposit. Deposit is 25% of the total price and is non-refundable

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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