San Pablo Wedding Venue
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San Pablo, California 94806
Have you always wanted to do something a bit different? Maybe have a Victorian theme in one room and French lace and balloons in another? Or perhaps treat your guests to milk and cookies baked on the spot? Whatever your fantasy, the lodge’s proprietors would love the challenge of making your special event a reality.
Tucked within a quiet, treelined San Pablo neighborhood, the historic, two-acre garden lodge is named for famed industrialist John D. Rockefeller who purchased the property around the turn of the century and turned it into his private hunting lodge. The brown-shingled building and its spacious interior retain a rustic dignity, thanks to hardwood floors, hand-hewn ceiling beams and a noteworthy fireplace: Rockefeller had it constructed of burnt bricks recovered from the 1906 earthquake. These days, receptions and company parties enjoy the rooms’ cozy comfort all year round.
During its illustrious past, the property had once been a Japanese Buddhist temple and the current owners, the Marshall family, have retained the retreat’s fragrant, woodsy serenity. Indeed, it’s the lush grounds that attract most wedding couples. Winding brick paths and wisteria-covered arbors invite leisurely strolls, and splashing fountains lull guests into relaxed contentment. Wedding ceremonies are held on a red-bricked patio, with the couple saying their vows in a gazebo framed by redwoods. A patio area can host the reception, or during warmer months why not dine in the twinkle-lit gardens beneath a moonlit sky?
With its diverse past, versatile rooms and enchanting grounds, the lodge can accommodate a wide range of creativity. As it turns out, the Marshalls also run Party Time Catering, so they’re just the folks to help you pull it all together, no matter what you envision.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The lodge and grounds accommodate 410 seated guests; the lodge alone holds 140 seated. The entire site holds 350 for a reception.
MEETING CAPACITY: The lodge holds up to 140 seated guests.
A $600 security deposit is required to secure your date, and will be refunded after your event. The facility rental fee is complimentary for a 4-hour block Monday–Friday; it’s $1,200 on Saturday, $600 on Sunday (day or evening) and complementary for a Saturday morning event 11am–3pm. A 1-hour rehearsal can be arranged on Thursday evenings for $100. For events taking place November–March, except holidays, the rental fee is reduced by 50%. Additional hours are $200/hour.
Buffets for over 100 guests range $17–35/person. Catering for 50 people, minimum, starts at $22/person; tax and an 18% service charge are additional. Full payment is required 14 days prior to the event. There is a $5.50/person beverage service charge which includes labor, glasses and nonalcoholic beverages and a $1.50/person dessert service fee. Any menu can be customized.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: 2 lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: landscaped grounds and waterfalls
Other: full event planning
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, service fee required
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK inside only, 4-piece band limit
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no rice or birdseed
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, 10am–4pm or 5pm–11pm. Available for any 6-hour block of time on Sunday.
Alternate Info: Rockerfeller Lodge Rockafeller Lodge