Kitty via WeddingWire
"The University Club of Pasadena is a hidden gem for weddings in Los Angeles! After looking at many venues across LA that felt like overpriced wedding factories, we were excited to find a place that felt unique and inviting. It's a beautiful venue that offers flexibility and is budget friendly. The Club looks nice in photos, but in person you'll be blown away by its historic charm. It's located in Old Town Pasadena, near City Hall which we used a location for wedding photos. This place checked all the boxes for what we wanted from our wedding. We wanted 1 location for the ceremony and reception, which the club delivered. We had an outdoor ceremony on the covered patio with fountain because we married in July. The reception space is large; we seated 140 guests comfortably plus a large dance floor. A plus when we contracted in January 2015 was no difference in price for booking a Saturday versus a Friday or Sunday like most other venues. I don't recall a minimum charge being required when we booked, or if there was it was relatively low that we didn't notice. They host 1 event per day, no worries about sharing your space which includes a ceremony site, reception hall, bride's room, and groom's room. There are other rooms to explore and use for photo opps or childcare (which we did and our guests loved). Also included was valet for all guests and the choice of Chiavari chairs at no extra cost! This place seemed too good to be true. The food was AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS made by their in-house Chef Ali, who is very talented and guests raved about how great dinner tasted. Staff responds to emails and calls promptly and servers working our wedding were all very polite and nice. They were flexible with our needs and request which was so helpful with planning. There is a Westin hotel across the street where we and our guests stayed, you can walk across the street if you don't want to drive. The University Club of Pasadena is top notch, and we are so happy we got married here."
Yvonne on Wedding Wire
"My daughter had her wedding here, at University Club Of Pasadena, in August 2018. When we walked in, we were all sold.
The venue is charming and just what my daughter and her fiancé (now husband) were looking for. It's historic and steeped in "Old Pasadena" charm. The vine-filled courtyard was perfect for the ceremony, and the fountain and lights added a lovely touch. The crisp linens, gold chivari chairs and beautiful chandeliers in the dining room added to the elegance of the evening.
Kelli, Director of Catering & Special Events, and her staff exceeded our expectations in every way. From beginning to end, Kelli helped my daughter and her fiancé plan their dream wedding. Kelli and Jonathon were so accommodating. The entire staff took wonderful care of us.
The food was amazing! We served Indian and American food and Chef & his staff did not disappoint. The presentation was gorgeous and the food was delicious! Everyone was talking about it. We also served a variety of unique & delicious appetizers before dinner.
The value is incredible. University Club Of Pasadena is an all-inclusive venue with ceremony and reception space, separate, very large rooms for bride and groom preparations and valet parking included!
If you're looking for a wedding venue, please visit University Club of Pasadena. I hope you fall in love with this place and Kelli & Staff as much as we did."
Jack Bonholtzer - MEMBER
"I've been a member of the University Club for over 30 years, and eat lunch regularly at the Club. I find that the food is first-rate and reasonably priced, the fellowship and conversation among my table mates is enjoyable, and the atmosphere is relaxed and elegant. The great part about dining at the Club is that I can walk over at noon and join a table with a lively mixture of members and conversations. If I prefer, I can call ahead and reserve a table and bring business or social guests with me.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the Club unique and engaging social events, such as the holiday party, where we are entertained by carolers in vintage costumes, or the Valentine’s Day Gala, where we dine to the soft sounds of a jazz ensemble, and dance to classic swing. More recently, younger professionals are joining the Club, and with them new activities, such as our wi-fi room, and seasonal sports night events. I plan to be a member for the next 30 years and encourage others to join, too."
Charles (Chuck) Carroll - MEMBER
"When I joined a local business bank as the Vice President and Manager, it made sense to become a part of the University Club of Pasadena. I am able to meet colleagues, entertain clients and associates and to participate in the many social activities the Club provides.
My wife and I have found that the numerous and varied themed dinner programs, such as the wine tasting night, the guest chef night, last year’s Olympic Night kick-off Chinese dinner, and the summer events held in the courtyard patio, are great opportunities to entertain friends and clients.
I am now the President of the Board of Governor’s and have enjoyed becoming more actively involved in the running of the organization. The Club has several member committees open to participation to the entire membership. These include the Social committee, the Food and Beverage committee, and the Membership committee, to name a few. These are great ways for members to influence Club activities and to help make this a vibrant, active Club well into the future."
Joey & Akio
"I wanted to thank you once again for all your help & support. We couldn't have asked for a better and more professional team of staff to host our wedding reception. Thank you for accommodating all our needs and making our wedding day run so smoothly. All our guests were complimenting on the space, service, as well as the food. The photographers kept saying that they found a hidden gem and would be sharing about this Pasadena best kept secret with their clients. We will also be sharing about you guys with our friends and colleagues at Fuller.
Thank you very much again for everything. We couldn't have been more pleased with your service."
Brian J. Shook
"Thank you for the amazing service, delicious food, and everything. It was definitely beyond my expectations. It was a pleasure working with you every step of the way. Hope we can do it again sometime!"
Susan E. Pankow
"I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely set up. It was perfect for our group. Everyone loved it. The sun room is adorable! It’s so good to know you have that room. Please tell the chef how delicious everything was. He did an outstanding job. The tea sandwiches were delicious and I loved the chicken salad."
"Thank you so much for everything! I cannot believe them! But they really had a GREAT time and enjoyed everything. As long as I just let them do their thing they were happy and content!
I really hope to be able to work with you again as well, but if ever asked I will for sure refer...everything was so wonderful!
Thank you for the pictures too! I loved them!
Have an awesome week and we will talk soon!"
"The Rehearsal Dinner was a huge success with help of both Valerie and Jonathan and the rest of the University Club staff.
Much high praise for the wonderful dinner. It was outstanding.
Thank you again for taking such good care of us."
"Just a note to echo Lawrence's thank you. It all went as smoothly as it could have, even after all that long term planning (ha,ha). Seriously, you and your team were not only helpful, but also genuinely kind (how do you select for that?).
I have to tell you that many of the kids, being the polite guests they have been raised to be, pointed out what a "nice place" to have a party, as they thanked me personally (yes, one by one, as they left) for being invited to the party. I thought you might get a kick out of that.
I would only give the highest recommendations for you and your crew. Thanks again!"
Cannot tell you or compliment you and the University Club of Pasadena enough for our event last night. You all gave us a wonderful place to have a special event and you all made a special effort for our cause. We can not thank you enough, I can not tell you how many of our guests compliments me and the rest of the committee about how enjoyable it was to be at the University Club. Thank you does not seem like a big enough word.
We were just married on 10/13/2017 but fell in love with the University Club a year prior.
We had already placed a down payment on another venue, but immediately changed our minds once we walked in. The management team, and staff were amazing! Kelli, Cyrus, Jonathan and entire team were super professional, flexible, and more than attentive not only for the planning process, but the day of, our entire wedding party was treated like royalty!
The food selections were superb, and the chef and his creations, are out of this world! Everyone at our wedding ranted and raved about the food, from the appetizers, to salad, and especially the main course. If you are planning a wedding, I would highly recommend making an appointment becomes this venue books quickly.
University Club and their staff are the best. Kelli, Jonathan, and Cyrus were absolutely amazing to work with from the beginning to the end. Everything was perfect. They're also super flexible with food and bar customization.
I had a handful of guests with food allergies, and we had a very specific drink list we wanted for the bar that they were happy to accommodate. I shopped around at least 20 venues in the general LA area, and I'm seriously so glad I chose this place.
If you're looking to get married in Pasadena, hands down 10/10 this is the venue I recommend.
We had a very successful event! You and your staff were wonderful. Thank you for dealing with my last minute craziness. No matter how much I plan, that always seems to happen.
I have heard from several people (and I happen to agree) that the food and service were excellent.
Thank you again for helping to make our Board event a great one.
I was just trying to catch up on thank you's - you beat me to it! The event was wonderful and the Club did a great job. Everything looked beautiful and worked well. Your staff was very attentive and as far as I know everyone got enough to eat and drink. We are so appreciative of all the planning and your attention to details.
FYI - the only thing I would change in the layout might be to pull the cake table out away from the wall so that the couple could stand behind it and all could watch them cut the cake - but then it would take space away from the floor. But, we had requested it against the wall, so this was not your fault in any way, but it might be something to mention to planners in the future. The altar table was beautiful in front of the window and it was truly a beautiful setting and ceremony. I would highly recommend suggesting this to future wedding parties if they want the ceremony in the main dining room. I was so impressed with how quickly your staff turned over the room - it truly was a magical evening. Thank you for helping make the magic happen!
Please let me and Aleta Hellwig know if there are any changes that need to be made in the invoice. Again, we so appreciate everything!
With much gratitude,
Marsha (& Aleta)
I want to commend you and your entire organization for providing excellent service, food and valet services! The food especially was outstanding. We will definitely be returning in the future. I do not currently have anything on the books for the remainder of 2019 that isn’t already committed, but I will certainly be checking in with you with regards to booking for 2020 – and if anything else pops up in 2019. Thank you so very much for everything. Please make sure to let each and every one of your staff know that we appreciated their smiles, willingness to make accommodations when asked, and to generally provide A+ service.
Laura J. Mahaffey
Thank you for helping create our wedding with us and for being so sweet and wonderful to work with throughout the whole process. Like we had expressed before, you were a big part of the reason that we picked the University Club. <3
Mahsa and Nathanael