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Villa Montalvo at Montalvo Arts Center

Saratoga Wedding Venue
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, California 95071

Contact: Director of Private Events
Phone: 408/961-5856
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Why We Like This Place

Nestled against a wooded slope in the private and secluded Saratoga hills is Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex with a variety of venues for concerts, weddings, corporate events and private parties. For weddings, the focal point of this estate is its beautiful Mediterranean-style mansion, Villa Montalvo. Built in 1912 as the private summer residence of Senator James Duval Phelan, this National Register Historic Landmark is now home to an arboretum and a nonprofit center for the arts.

An inviting one-way road leads up to Villa Montalvo. As you round the last turn, you get your first glimpse of the estate’s expansive manicured lawns and colorful gardens, as well as the mansion’s terracotta-tile roof, light stucco walls and wide veranda. To your left, you’ll also see the Love Temple, one of two ceremony sites on the grounds; it’s an open-air, white-columned pavilion set at the end of a wide, rose-lined brick path featuring historic marble statues. Couples get married on its steps, with a view of the surrounding Mediterranean garden and the Villa and woods in the background.

Directly behind the Villa, the Oval Garden offers a lush garden setting complete with classical statues and wisteria-covered pergolas. This open-air courtyard is an intimate and delightful place for a ceremony; a brick pathway serves as the center aisle, and a column-supported arcade is the backdrop for taking vows.

The Villa’s first floor and outdoor verandas are available for receptions. Guests can sip champagne and sample hors d’oeuvres in the Spanish courtyard, and dine on the veranda while enjoying splendid views of the estate’s lawns and gardens. Reserve well in advance. The Montalvo Arts Center is an extraordinary site for an elegant and sophisticated wedding.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 160
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 190
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 1000


  • Max. Seated: 1200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Oval Garden accommodates 250 seated. The Side Veranda seats 130 in case of inclement weather. The Love Temple capacity is 160.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Villa’s indoor capacity is 190 seated or 200 standing; outdoors, it’s 300 seated or 1,000 standing. The Love Temple accommodates 160 seated. Events with over 300 guests may incur an additional cost, and require special arrangements with the Events Manager.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting venues accommodate groups of 4–300 people; the Villa’s main floor holds up to 100. The Carriage House Theatre can accommodate up to 300 people seated theater-style. The outdoor Garden Theatre accommodates 1,200 guests. The upper Villa has 3 large rooms for staff meetings or dressing rooms. The Cottage accommodates up to 14 guests.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, the rental fee for 9 hours’ use ranges $9,000–15,000. Half the total fee is required as a nonrefundable deposit when the site is booked; the balance is payable 6 months prior to the event along with a refundable $1,000 damage deposit and a certificate of insurance. For a Love Temple or Oval Garden ceremony only, the rental fee is $4,500. Call for details and for weekday and winter rates. Special rates may apply for last-minute events.

For other special events and business functions, the Villa can accommodate groups of 4–3,000. For fees and details, call the Event Manager at 408/961-5856.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: ample
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA, extra fee
Parking: valet may be required for over 200 guests, carpooling encouraged
Accommodations: no guest rooms, hotel partners
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO
Cleanup: caterer
View: manicured lawns, formal gardens, historic sculptures and Santa Clara Valley vista

Site Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate


Alcohol: through caterer
Smoking: outdoors only, designated area
Music: amplified OK with restrictions until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Ceremonies are held year-round, and take place 10am–1pm. Ceremony/receptions are held year-round, 2pm–11pm in 9-hour blocks. All-day rentals also available. For other special and business functions, contact the Events Manager.

Alternate Info: Montalvo Arts Center Villa Montalvo