Getting married is the Olympics of grown-up planning. But while the cake, the attendees, the dress, all of it can change up to the last minute, you need to get your venue buttoned up. Soon. So here’s a short list of the most stunning locales for weddings large and small. Because in Cali, we know how to throw a great party.

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Café Pinot

So glam (outdoors next to the storied Los Angeles Library), so Continental (delish French food) and so of-the-moment (it’s in the most happening neighborhood of DTLA).

700 W. Fifth St.; 213-239-6500 or

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Cliff’s Edge

Silverlake cool meets high-level cuisine at this multi-level patio that’s like getting hitched in a bamboo forest—except hipper and with grilled blowfish on the menu. (How cool is that?)

3626 Sunset Blvd.; 323-666-6116 or

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The Sunset Restaurant

Nothing says “Honey, we’re living the life in Cali!” more than Malibu surfside nuptials. At this cute little wooden bungalow next to Zuma Beach, you step right out the door onto the sand. (Because crashing waves are the perfect way to settle bridal jitters.)

6800 Westward Beach Rd., Malibu; 310-589-2027 or

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The London West Hollywood

Why not get married around a hotel penthouse pool with a panoramic view of WeHo and Beverly Hills? You and your guests can retire downstairs for the reception. It’s Cali-cool, but sophisticated.

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; 866-282-4560 or

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Soaring arches and graceful columns set apart the deconsecrated cathedral of St. Vibiana, which was completed in 1876. These days it’s an event space that adjoins Redbird, one of DTLA’s most sought-after restaurant reservations, where you can feast on Hamachi crudo and barbecued tofu.

214 S. Main St.; 213-626-1507 or

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Malibu Rocky Oats

Want to get married on a hilltop in a vineyard? This 37-acre Tuscan-style villa is situated up a windy drive, surrounded by gorgeous vineyards. This is a luxe experience—for example, that flat circle is a helipad.

340 Kanan Rd.; 877-676-7660 or

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Culver City Hotel

This historic building (once owned by John Wayne) and its urbane appointments (that black-and-white stone floor) make this a little slice of sophistication in the middle of happening Culver City.

9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City; 310-558-9400 or

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South Coast Botanic Garden

You’ll be sharing the spotlight with 87 acres of 4,000 roses, cacti and the hulking trees of the banyan grove at this dreamy reclaimed urban space (a nice way of saying former landfill) that’s in the Palos Verdes Hills only ten miles from the airport.

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula; 310-544-1948 or

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The 1909

This Topanga space is like getting married in a tree house, if your tree house could fit 120 people. Oh, and then there’s that dreamy meadow strung with fairy lights for the sunset reception.

1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; 424-272-1909 or

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