Saratoga, California 95071
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Wedding film shot by Certified By The Guide Videographer Justin Fone Productions
Why We Like This Place
Nestled against a wooded slope in the secluded Saratoga Hills is Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex that holds a veritable treasure trove of venues for corporate events, private parties and, of course, weddings!
An inviting one-way road leads up to the center, and as you round the last turn you get your first glimpse of the expansive manicured lawns, colorful gardens, and Montalvo's beautiful Villa. Built in 1912 as the private residence of Senator James Duval Phelan, the Mediterranean-style estate is now a National Register Historic Landmark.
One of the property's most popular ceremony sites is the Love Temple, set inside the Italianate Garden at the bottom of the Great Lawn. A wide, rose-lined brick path flanked by antique marble statues leads to this open-air, white-columned pavilion, and couples wed in view of the surrounding garden with the Villa and woods in the background.
Directly behind the Villa, the Oval Garden offers a lush, intimate setting complete with classical statuary and wisteria-covered pergolas. A brick pathway serves as the center aisle, and a columned arcade makes a stately backdrop for exchanging vows. A third ceremony option is the new West Lawn Garden, which can accommodate 300+ guests.
While the newlyweds are photographed on the picturesque grounds, family and friends enjoy the cocktail hour either in the West Lawn Garden or the scenic Spanish Courtyard. Receptions follow on the Villa's broad veranda, where everyone is treated to splendid garden vistas and the occasional visiting deer.
The Villa's interior is equally impressive. All of the first floor's adjoining rooms open onto the veranda, creating a wonderful flow to your event. The huge Main Hall at the center of the house boasts a high, beamed ceiling and gilded chandeliers. An enormous fireplace topped with a tile and carved-wood mantel is usually set with flickering votives. The Hall is often used for dancing, its many French doors left open so that the music carries out to guests relaxing in the adjacent courtyard and on the veranda.
Other unique gathering spots include the handsome Library, paneled with rare New Zealand walnut. A working fireplace, soaring bookshelves and a grand piano are just a few of the Library's attractions. The bridal couple sometimes displays family photos on the Library's large desk, and arranges the wedding gifts on a built-in marble bar. Then there's the Dining Room, a cozy salon with a century-old fireplace and richly paneled walls.
Perhaps the Villa's most charming space is the Solarium, the perfect niche to showcase the wedding cake. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the north and east walls frame the scenery and let in abundant natural light, while the other walls are covered in 100-year-old lattice wood. The original terracotta tile floor, inlaid with floral patterns, enhances the vintage ambiance.
And that's not all: The entire upstairs is reserved for the bridal party and their immediate family. The three spacious suites include a lavish Bride's Room, with its own balcony overlooking the Great Lawn.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 350
- Max. Seated Indoors: 190
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Seated: 1200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Oval Garden accommodates 250 seated, the West Lawn Garden seats 300-350, and the Side Veranda seats 130 in case of inclement weather. The Love Temple capacity is 150.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Villa holds 190 seated or 200 standing; outdoors, it's 300 seated or 1,000 standing. For other special events and business functions, the venue can accommodate up to 2,000. Events with over 300 guests may incur an additional cost and require special arrangements with the Events Manager.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting venues accommodate groups of 4–300 people; the Villa's main floor holds up to 100. The Carriage House Theatre can accommodate up to 300 people seated theater-style. The outdoor Garden Theatre accommodates 1,200 guests. The upper Villa has 3 large rooms that can be used for staff meetings or dressing rooms. The Cottage accommodates up to 14 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, the rental fee ranges $14,000–20,000. Half the total fee is required when the site is booked; the balance is payable 6 months prior to the event along with a refundable security deposit and a certificate of insurance. For a Love Temple or Oval Garden ceremony only, the rental fee is $5,000. Please call for info about corporate rental fees and weekday rates. Special rates may apply for last-minute events.
Special Events, Parties
Services/AmenitiesCatering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: ample
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: WiFi; full range CBA, extra fee
Parking: valet may be required for over 200 guests, carpooling is encouraged
Accommodations: no guest rooms, hotel partners
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO
View: manicured lawns, formal gardens, historic sculptures and Santa Clara Valley vista
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
RestrictionsAlcohol: through caterer
Smoking: outdoors only, designated area
Music: amplified OK with restrictions until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Alternate Info: Villa Montalvo at Montalvo Arts Center