What is the dress code?

Cocktail attire. The wedding ceremony and reception will be 100% outdoors and largely in the grass, so ladies should avoid stiletto or other small heals that will sink into the ground. More information about cocktail attire can be found at the following link: A Guide to Cocktail Attire for Men and Women

Are children invited?

Yes! We would love to see you and your whole family. Note, however, that childcare will not be provided. Please keep an eye on your little ones if you choose to bring them.

Will COVID impact the wedding?

Everything is moving forward as planned! We are doing our best to keep all risks to a minimum. The ceremony and reception will be 100% outdoors. The venue capacity is 400 people, and we are expecting a guest count of around 55.

If you have any COVID-related concerns, please reach out and we will do our best to accoommodate you.

Where do we park?

We encourage anyone who will be drinking to take a hotel shuttle, Uber or Lyft to the venue. However, there is a free lot directly across from the entry gates. It's about a 500 foot walk up a small incline to the ceremony location. Look out for our signs. Drop off is allowed in front of the ceremony site for those who need it.

Note also that the parking lot will remain open for the night, so you may leave your car and come pick it up later that evening or the next morning.

What time will the reception end?

The reception ends at 10pm.

For those wishing to continue the fun, people will be gathering on the deck of The Grasshopper. More details in the Events section.

Will the wedding be on the water?

While the ocean is a short drive away, our venue is not located by the water. The wedding setting can best be described as "garden" style. Both the ceremony and reception will take place on the lawn surrounding the Rancho building.

Is smoking allowed?

Because Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site, smoking is not allowed anywhere on property except for one designated location.

Can we take pictures around the venue?

Of course! The space is ours to enjoy for the evening. However, in order to preserve the historic property we are not allowed to touch or stand on any of the plants or trees on the property (including the exposed roots of the beautiful fig tree).

Can you tell me more about the venue?

The historic rancho building dates from prior to 1844, when John Temple constructed a single story ranch building after marrying an heir of the Nieto family, the original recipients of the land grant in 1784. John Temple later sold the 27,000-acre property to Bixby, Flint and Company. The Bixby family lived on the rancho and raised sheep there until 1881. It was remodeled in 1930 and a new generation of Bixby family members lived in the house until 1955, when it was donated to the city.

Today, the museum is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in partnership with the city of Long Beach. It operates as a museum and offers tours and many programs throughout the year.

More information is available at their website.
Susan Moyal