(Closed) suggestions for non SF elegant outdoor reception venue?

posted 13 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re having our outdoor reception at the Marin Art & Garden in Ross, CA.  They do have a catering list, but may be flexible if the caterer you want is reputable.  Either way, they don’t allow caterers to charge any corkage fees, so bringing your own alcohol at least works out. Depending on the time of year, rentals can be a bit pricey, though.


Post # 4
11 posts

If you’re in the South Bay, try Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga. Unfortunately, they don’t allow outside caterers, but on the plus side, as they are a non-profit, part of their fee may be tax deductible. It’s beautiful and we were considering it as our venue.

Post # 5
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008


Check out http://www.herecomestheguide.com. When I was considering outdoor venues, this was a great resource and it tells you right on the website what the maximum guest count is allowed at that particular venue, plus any details about BYO caterers, alcohol, minimums, approximate per person costs, etc. HTH!

Post # 6
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m getting married at Nestldown (www.nestldown.com)

It’s gorgeous. But they have a preferred catering list.


Post # 7
31 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

Try Mills College. Someone I know is getting married there and I went to the walk through and the house is beautiful and the campus is gorgeous.

Post # 8
33 posts

Have you tried looking at the Piedmont Community Hall?  That’s where we’re getting married this August.  It’s a great indoor/outdoor location in the middle of Piedmont Park. You can see a few photos at: http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/piedmont-community-hall  I wouldn’t think of anywhere else, but I’m biased–and it’s where I told my mom I wanted to be married when I was three!

Post # 9
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2007

Another place is at the Admiral’s Mansion in Mare Island a former naval base in Vallejo. A Victorian mansion with a big backyard. It accommodated my huge party of 300 in the rear. There is even a separate space for the ceremony. The fees are pretty reasonable and you can bring any caterer. Its a gem that not everyone knows about. MansionGarden

Post # 10
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

i second the admiral’s mansion. my best friend just had her wedding there in july and it was gorgeous! plus it was definitely fun getting ready in the mansion itself. good times.

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