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The Ebell Club in Long Beach is a local landmark with a rich history. It features opulent vintage decor and stunnish Spanish-Revival style architecture. As you step through the doors, just one thought enters your mind “Wow!”
History of Ebell Club Long Beach
The Ebell Society was a women’s club previously known as the International Academy for the Advancement of Women that was first established in the 1870s. According to Wikipedia, their mission was “the advancement of women in cultural, industrial, and intellectual pursuits.” In 1896 Adelaide Tichenor and seventeen other women founded the Long Beach chapter of Ebell Club. By the 1920’s, this fast growing women’s club had grown to over 1,000 members!
In 2015, the Ebell of Long Beach was purchased and restored by Alan Dunn, the founder of Tres L.A. Group, a hospitality and catering service that’s known for it’s luxurious cuisine and top notch service.
Ceremony & Reception Spaces
The most Iconic space at the Ebell Club Long Beach is their incredible Courtyard space. As you enter the door, you’ll step into a magical room lit by a huge skylight and incredible orb chandeliers. The floor is beautifully covered with mosaic tiles -the first thing I fell in love with when I saw the space! Straight ahead you’ll see a lovely ornate fountain along a wall of exposed brick, and lots of beautiful greenery decorating the hand detailed archways.
Next up is the Grand Hall. I’ve always thought of this room as a luxurious dining room! The Grand Hall features hardwood flooring, and rich dark wood wainscoting along with 24 foot handstenciled ceilings that support three gorgeous chandeliers made of crystal and iron (seen in the photo below). A large fireplace sits at one end of the room, adding a touch of cozy luxury to the space.
In addition to the breathtaking Courtyard and the luxurious Grand Hall, The Ebell Club also has a beautiful parlor space that’s absolutely perfect for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. This room was literally desinged to be a space for people to hang out and enjoy eachother’s conversation. It’s filled with beautiful vintage decor, a warm fireplace, and a baby grand piano that’s just waiting to be played. Last time I was at the Ebell Club I did not want to leave this room, it felt so inviting!
Last, the venue also has a large upstairs bridal suite that makes getting ready onsite a dream! Like the rest of Ebell Club, it’s beautifully decorated and has lots of soft natural light filtering through the windows. The fact that it’s upstairs allows you to have some added privacy, and the stairway just outside leads right to the Courtyard, making for a lovely walk to the aisle!
All told, the Ebell Club Long Beach boasts a whopping 17,200 square feet of event space! The venue also has wireless internet access and a professional sound system that provides quality sound throughout the rooms. This venue can comfortably fit around 200 guests for a seated event or 300 for a standing, cocktail-style party.
In-House Catering at Ebell Club Long Beach
Costs & Considerations
Rental fees for this venue are estimated to be around $8500 to $9500 depending on the day and size of your event. Rental fees include 10 hours of access to the venue, a rehearsal, access to the private bridal suite, parking for up to 60 cars, access to the baby grand piano in the parlor, along with tables, chairs and exsisting furnishings.
Catering is not included, but can be added for about $150 to $180 per person with a $7,000 to $10,000 minimum depending on the day of your event.
Since this venue is in a neighborhood, there is an 11pm curfew and music must be indoors only.
With so many incredible details and luxurious touches at every turn, this space was practically made for great photography!
Natural light pours into both the dressing room and the Courtyard which would be great for both portraits and photojournalistic moments.
The ornate feel in the Grand Hall makes for great moody and dramatic imagery.
So what do you think? Is the Ebell Long Beach the wedding venue for you?
If so, your photography experience should be just as luxurious as the day itself! Photography by Belinda Philleo provides highly personalized service to each couple to ensure your unique wedding story is preserved and enjoyed for decades to come. Contact us to request more information.