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Sherman Library and Gardens

Corona del Mar Wedding Venue
2647 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, California 92625

Contact: Gardens Office or Pascal Catering
Phone: 949/673-2261 or 949/261-6868
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Why We Like This Place

It’s hard to imagine a variety of plant that isn’t represented in this botanical wonderland. Here you are surrounded with foliage of all kinds, from the spiny cacti of desert regions to the most exotic flowers of tropical climes. The block-long area of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories is linked by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. Although it’s open to the public every day from 10:30 to 4, after that the garden is available for your private pleasure.

Your guests can stroll to their hearts’ content through the Big Shade House, a melange of trees, ferns and waterfalls, or the jungle-like Conservatory, a tropical greenhouse filled with orchids, bromeliads and a koi pond. A wisteria-covered arbor on the Tea Garden Patio provides a sublime location for ceremonies. Baskets of begonias hang overhead, and since the Sherman Gardens’ color specialist ensures that flowers of all hues will be in bloom year-round, any bridal color scheme will find a perfect match. The adjacent Pepper Tree Patio, shaded by—what else—a large and delicate-leafed pepper tree, is a lovely spot for serving drinks or hors d’oeuvres.

For indoor receptions, Sherman Gardens offers the Central Patio Room, a vintage space with a cathedral ceiling, gray wood beams and skylights. A hand-painted Brazilian tile mural covers the wall above a large white-brick fireplace, and terracotta-tiled floors warmed by hot water flowing underneath ensure that you and your guests will be comfortable even in winter. On warm evenings you can open the French doors that line two sides and let your party overflow onto the covered terrace. It’s not surprising that Sherman Gardens has become a sought-after location for weddings; even those with their own green thumbs will be impressed with this little piece of paradise.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 125
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 125
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 300


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Tea Garden Patio accommodates 250 seated guests; the Central Patio Room holds up to 125 seated indoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: For fair weather wedding receptions, the Central Patio Room and Central Garden combined seat 250. During cooler months, the Central Patio Room holds 125, or 200 can be accommodated with tenting.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Patio Room holds 200 seated conference-style.

Fees & Deposits

A nonrefundable, tax deductible $2,000 contributor donation and a refundable $750 security/damage deposit are required upon booking. A $2,000 rental fee is due 60 days prior to the event. Off season rates are available for events in December, January and February. Catering is provided by Pascal Catering and requires a $1,000 deposit. The total cost depends on choice of menu, cake and other catering options. Menu costs start at $60/person and include food, staffing and minimum rentals. Tax, beverages and a service charge are additional.

50% of the anticipated food and beverage total is payable 2 months prior; the balance is payable 2 weeks prior to the event.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: provided by Pascal Catering, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: tile floors
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: ample on site
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
Cleanup: caterer
View: gardens and fountains
Other: event coordination, wedding cakes, floral arrangements, ice sculpture

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: BWC only, provided through caterer;
no hard alcohol
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors until 9pm;
no amplified music outdoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice or confetti

Some Essential Info
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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year round, daily, 4pm–10pm.

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