San Rafael Wedding Venue
240 Channing Way
San Rafael, California 94903
Exploring Marin County can be a lifetime passion, especially as you discover the region’s wonderful hidden vistas, many of which are seldom publicized in guidebooks and tourist literature. One of those little-known views can be enjoyed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, a place that welcomes couples of any faith or sexual orientation (great for interfaith marriages and same-sex unions).
From its hilltop setting high above Terra Linda, the center offers a grand panorama of the north flank of Mt. Tamalpais that most people will never see. Superb as the view is, however, the heart of this venue is a simple, tranquil courtyard graced by a grove of mulberry trees whose broad leaves spread bountiful shade over a lush lawn. A curving three-level terrace rises toward an arbor-topped knoll along two sides of the space, and an ornamental pool and fountain in the center teems with goldfish and water lilies. Water gurgles over a sandstone ledge and spills into the pool creating a calming, almost musical sound.
Beginning at the courtyard, a gravel path winds up past flowers, herbs and succulents to a flagstone-paved area on top of the knoll. With a tall oak and an arbor as backdrops, this is a compelling spot for photos. From this height you can see a quintessential Marin panorama: Terra Linda and Mt. Tam to the west and southwest; the wooded hills that run south of Santa Venetia from Civic Center to China Camp; and a commanding view of San Pablo Bay.
The center’s Fellowship Hall is the most popular site for dining and dancing (or for winter indoor ceremonies). It has a high ceiling of pine beams and rafters, an oak floor and picture windows on three sides, including one that looks out over Terra Linda and that impressive Mt. Tam view. The more modest Fireside Room is warm and intimate, ideal for a small wedding or reception. Its focal point is a tall sandstone-faced fireplace, flanked by picture windows that look out to a dense oak wood. The room has direct access to the courtyard, and in winter a roaring fire makes it especially inviting. Whichever space you use, your guests can party till 11pm.
Caterers will find counter space galore and a professional range in the large kitchen, and UUCM is happy to refer brides to a preferred list of seasoned vendors.
Their first look at the courtyard is usually all it takes to convince many couples to get married here. But if more reasons are needed, the center’s outstanding views, affordability, and beautiful setting quickly clinch their decision.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 200 seated guests; the Fellowship Hall up to 200.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Courtyard and Fellowship Hall each accommodate up to 200 seated or 250 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Fellowship Hall holds 12–200 seated guests.
For a wedding, a $950 deposit is required to reserve your date. The package fee is due 4 weeks prior to the event. Packages range $2,150–2,700 depending on the space rented and the day and time of the event. There is a 25% discount for November–March weddings. Packages include use of entire facility, attendant, tables and chairs (for up to 150 guests), custodial service (setup, breakdown and cleanup). The Saturday wedding package includes use of the facility for a half day the Friday before to decorate, rehearse, etc. Outdoor chairs are provided for a nominal fee. For rentals and other services, select from their preferred vendor list. Hourly rental of the facility is also available; call for pricing.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided indoors
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot and on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited, BYO, CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: panorama of bay, woods and mountains
Other: grand piano, clergy on staff, picnic area, AV equipment
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
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Year-round. Monday–Saturday, 7am–11pm and Sunday, 2pm–11pm.
Alternate Info: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin UU Marin Unitarian Universalist Church of Marin UUCM