Bodega Bay Wedding Venue
Corner East Shore and Bay Flat Roads
Bodega Bay, California 94923
When we passed through the Secret Gardens’ humble iron gate, we felt as if we had encountered Narnia—the magical, otherworldly kingdom that C.S. Lewis wrote of in his famed children’s books. Entering the gardens, you’re immersed in a world of unbridled beauty. In every direction the eye is delighted: here the abundant blooms of rhododendrons, irises and camellias; over there delicate Japanese maples, cherry trees and towering redwoods. A year-round running brook unspools the length of the gardens, pausing now and again to calm itself in one of several lovely ponds. It took 10 years to wrangle this magnificent garden from a tenacious coastal jungle, but the effort was worth it: today it’s truly an idyllic place to hold a celebration.
A variety of scenic spots are available to tie the knot, but most couples prefer to marry on an oval lawn overlooking the property’s largest pond. Guests are seated on the opposite bank (still within earshot), where they are afforded a perfect view of the bride and groom as they exchange vows underneath a venerable willow.
After the ceremony, folks can lose themselves along the gardens’ meandering paths before joining the feasting and festivities at the handsome pavilion at the far side of the gardens. The newlyweds, however, may want to slip away to share a quiet moment in any number of places in this gorgeous setting. Couples are also welcome to participate in what has now become a Secret Gardens tradition—the planting of a “wedding” sapling, which serves as both a living memory and future promise for their journey together.
Although the Secret Gardens is an ideal spot for outdoor weddings, it’s also an excellent gathering place for any number of events—seminars, retreats, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries. For those who desire lodging nearby, there are both luxury hotels and more modest accommodations nearby. And movie buffs will be interested in the gazebo from Hitchcock’s famous film The Birds—it’s set into a hillside where everyone can enjoy it.
The Secret Gardens, a place whose extraordinary beauty has made it anything but secret, has been featured in HGTV, A&E, Town and Country Magazine, radio and other media! So if your heart is set on a garden party, call sooner rather than later—this is a venue that books up quickly!
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Ceremony Area holds 200 seated and the Pavilion up to 150 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meetings spaces accommodate up to 200 guests.
50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date, and the balance plus a $950 refundable security deposit are due 1 month prior to the event. Engagement photos and a 1-hour rehearsal are included. The weekend rental fee starts at $5,900; call for midweek rates. Extra hours are available.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list or BYO with approval
Kitchen Facilities: yes, limited outdoor
Tables & Chairs: through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: large dance area
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample on-street and in private lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms, hotels and rental homes nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes, area available
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: gardens, pond, creek and redwoods
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, insurance required, no corkage fees
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: certificate required
Choose From List
Daily, May through October.
Alternate Info: Compass Rose Gardens, Bodega Bay Secret Gardens