Palo Alto Wedding Venue
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, California 94301
The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is one of the most perfect garden ceremony/reception sites we’ve seen. Miss Gamble, granddaughter of the co-founder of the Procter & Gamble Company, willed the home and its grounds to the City of Palo Alto. The estate is now run by the Elizabeth F. Gamble Horticultural Foundation.
The main house is a 1902 Edwardian-style structure built in a lovely, older residential area of Palo Alto. Inside, a dining room, drawing room and library are available for receptions. Each room has been carefully restored using colorful, turn-of-the-century reproduction wallpapers. Dark natural wood wainscoting has been returned to its original splendor and there are graceful, molded ceilings and nicely finished oak floors throughout. Each room has its own fireplace. A set of French doors in the Library opens onto a brick porch that leads down to the first of many beautifully landscaped spaces.
Our favorite spots are the formal and informal gardens—the collective work of a full-time horticulturist and 300 volunteers. Each separately landscaped area feels like a private secret garden: The rose garden (with its 100 species of roses), the wisteria garden, and the Victorian grotto—separately or combined—provide elegant settings for small wedding ceremonies and receptions.
After the ceremony, guests are invited to gather at the Tea House, where hors d’oeuvres and beverages are served. The bride and groom often slip away from the festivities at this time for a quiet moment together in the Gazebo, an Edwardian-inspired garden house.
The reception is usually held at the Carriage House. While the buffet is set up inside, guests are seated on the adjoining brick terrace. Five sets of French doors make it easy for people to move indoors and out, giving them the feeling of being in a garden pavilion.
Miss Gamble succeeded in creating a place of serenity and beauty. We recommend it highly.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Wisteria Garden, Rose Garden, Tea House Patio and Carriage House each hold 50 seated or standing guests; the Drawing Room holds 30 seated or standing guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates up to 50 guests.
For events, the rental fee and a signed contract are required to reserve your date. The rental fee for an 8-hour block on Saturday or Sunday is $1,200 May–October, and $100/hour November–April with a 6-hour minimum. The rental fee Monday–Friday is $100/hour during the day, and there’s a $600 minimum on weekday evenings.
For meetings and business functions, fees vary based on rooms rented and rental time frames; call for more details.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: screen, wireless
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: Edwardian gardens
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne;
no beer kegs in main house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: acoustic only; no amplified or recorded music
Wheelchair Access: yes
Other: rose petals only (no rice, birdseed, etc.)
Year-round, daily. For weddings, Saturdays and Sundays, noon–10pm and Monday–Friday 4pm–10pm. For other weekday functions, Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm and Friday, 9am–4pm.
Alternate Info: Elizabeth Gamble Garden