Mill Valley Wedding Venue
1 West Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94942
The Outdoor Art Club, located in the heart of downtown Mill Valley, is one of Marin’s favorite (and most sought-after) event spots. You enter through a quaint, arched gate into a restful garden patio area that immediately removes you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A sprawling native oak tree provides a leafy canopy to the lovely, large garden patio. Guests can mingle informally under the oak with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or they can be seated on the patio for a ceremony. Annuals, perennials and an abundance of shrubbery around two sides of the patio area add to the feeling of serenity.
The clubhouse, which borders two sides of the patio, is a charmer with a capital “C”. Designed in 1904 by Bernard Maybeck, this classic Arts and Crafts structure has a rustic brown-shingled exterior, multipaned windows and multiple sets of French doors that bring the outside in when they’re all opened. The interior is spacious, with a beamed vaulted ceiling, hardwood floor and raised stage along one end, perfect for a head table or band setup. The Sun Porch, which is suitable for the cake table or buffets, is a smaller space with two sets of French doors opening out onto a wide deck behind the clubhouse. The deck runs almost the full length of the building, connected with the kitchen area at one end, and at the other end with wide, shallow steps leading down to the shaded wedding patio area.
This sheltered patio is the optimal spot for a wedding ceremony. Guests can be seated in rows here, while the bride and groom say their vows in front of a backdrop of dense trees and shrubbery. It’s no mystery why the Outdoor Art Club is so popular—it has an Old World appeal that’s hard to resist.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The wedding garden holds 120 seated guests and the front patio area seats 125. Additional chairs can be rented.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility seats a maximum of 150 guests inside for dining, and can accommodate 200 outdoors for a standing cocktail reception.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Main Room can accommodate approximately 120 seated in rows; the Sun Porch and Library seat approximately 60 guests each.
A deposit of half the rental fee is required to secure your date, and is due 10 days after receipt of the written contract. The rental fee is $4,300 on Saturday, and $3,900 on Friday and Sunday. The balance of the rental fee plus a $1,500 security deposit and proof of additional insurance are due 60 days before your event. A custodian is provided for 2 hours for table and chair setup. The security deposit is returned 15 days after the event and is subject to a site check.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: choose from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided for 160
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO, or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-street only
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: moderately amplified OK inside until midnight; volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required, extra charge
Other: decorations require prior approval; no candles allowed
Choose From List
Weekends only. Saturdays 10am–11pm; Sundays 10am–10pm. A guided docent tour is required before renting the facility. Tours are by reservation only.