Ross Wedding Venue
30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Ross, California 94957
Wedding film shot by Certified By The Guide Videographer Thomas Hughes Films
The Marin Art & Garden Center, an 11-acre historic estate in the exclusive town of Ross, is a dream come true for anyone seeking exquisitely landscaped gardens and a serene, private atmosphere. Within these lush grounds are various indoor and outdoor sites for weddings, parties, meetings, workshops and other special occasions.
The Livermore Pavilion is a wonderful venue for large celebrations. Spacious and airy, it affords an uninterrupted view of the gardens through a wall of windows. Rustic stone gas-jet fireplaces add warmth both inside the room and on the adjoining deck, which is shaded by an attractive awning. The Pavilion is air-conditioned and can be divided into two smaller spaces, making it ideal for corporate meetings. An adjacent lawn area and gravel patio feature overhead café lighting, so they’re a great choice for outdoor dining and events.
The inviting Garden Room opens to an expansive garden area. When the weather is warm, you won’t be able to resist having your event outside. The garden is enclosed by ivy-covered walls, live oaks, redwoods and Japanese maples. Below these trees, huge mossy boulders, heavenly bamboo and flourishing shrubs heighten the woodsy feeling. Buffet service or a string quartet can be set up on a slightly raised area, shaded by redwoods. In the evening, soft lighting and the twinkling stars above create a magical ambiance.
For couples getting married at the center, the grounds provide a host of appealing options for ceremonies. The popular Gazebo Lawn offers the charm of a traditional white wooden gazebo, set on a swath of velvety grass and surrounded by a rare dawn redwood as well as elm and horse chestnut trees. The Fountain area is perfect for an al fresco ceremony, reception or party. Here, a large fountain pool sends its glittering spray into the air. A floral rainbow of daylilies, blue catnip, verbena, Santa Barbara daisies and iris blooms around the fountain, all enclosed by an aggregate-concrete path. On one side, a forest of mature elms, Lombardy poplars, deodar cedars and honey locusts forms a backdrop behind a curving wooden bench beneath a pergola.
Though its fabulous gardens and tranquil setting make the Marin Art & Garden Center seem a world away, it’s centrally located near Highway 101 and only 20 minutes from San Francisco. When you have your event here, you not only have a chance to “get away from it all,” you also experience a little piece of Paradise close to home.
To contact Marin Art & Garden Center by mail, the address is PO Box 437, Ross, CA 94957.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoor and outdoor spaces can seat 300 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The center can seat 200 indoors or 300 outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Livermore Pavilion seats 225 theater-style and the Garden Room seats 50 theater-style.
Half of the total rental fee is required to secure your date; the rental balance and a $500 refundable cleaning/security deposit are due 1 month prior to the function. The rental fee ranges $4,500–6,400 depending on the space selected. A buyout wedding package is $8,000, which guarantees full exclusivity on the day of your wedding.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list only
Kitchen Facilities: ample, fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, no extra fee
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: sound systems, AV screens, mics, wireless internet
Parking: large lot and on-street; shuttle or valet required for larger events
Accommodations: hotels nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, overhead café lights
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes, on asphalt only
Cleanup: through caterer or renter
View: gardens, pond, hills, Mt. Tamalpias
Other: parasols, Chiavari chairs ($4/chair)
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, must use licensed server
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice or birdseed
Choose From List
Year-round, weekends, 8am–10pm at the Livermore Pavilion and the Garden Room.
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