Malibu, California 90265
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Why We Like This Place
Although Calamigos bills itself as a country ranch set amongst 130 acres of rolling hills, verdant meadows, lakes, ancient oaks, and its own vineyard, most of its event facilities are far from rustic.
There are four different outdoor ceremony options, each with its own reception site. The Garden Patio near the ranch’s entrance is an expansive lawn with picturesque waterfalls at each end. Guests are seated on either side of a stone aisle, facing a redwood arbor adorned with flowers where the bride and groom exchange vows. Shaded by trees, it’s a peaceful and private area. From here it’s just a few steps to the Lodge, a delightful, sun-filled space thanks to light streaming in through “walls” of French doors. One of the room’s remarkable features is the romantic “waterfall,” a curtain of water that descends like a light rain just outside the glass doors.
The Oaks Deck is popular for intimate ceremonies. Rows of chairs are set up in front of a wood arbor with a rock waterfall directly behind it, and a backdrop of eucalyptus, pine and oak trees. Couples who get married here usually have their reception in the dining room nearby. Like the Lodge, it uses French doors to maximize light and views of the outdoors. Crisp white table linens contrast nicely with the warm pine ceiling beams and doorframes, and ferns and ficus trees provide indoor greenery. Buffets are often served on the adjoining redwood deck, which is partially shaded by oak branches.
A third option is the Cottage and Pavilion, a secluded little meadow ringed by trees and natural landscaping. Couples tie the knot on an earthen terrace beneath a majestic spreading oak, or in front of a clear pond at the base of a river rock waterfall. Afterwards, guests are invited to the reception under an elegant white tent draped with sheer fabric and twinkle lights.
Lastly, the Secret Garden is a charming venue designed for more intimate gatherings. Ceremonies unfold on a grassy field bordered by roses, plum trees and a large cascading waterfall. The reception can be held on the private, multilevel deck nearby. Surrounded by nature, including a couple of streams, this spot is beautiful and calm. Sunset and evening events are lovely here, especially when the thousands of twinkle lights lacing the trees add their sparkle.
And if you’ve come to the ranch for one of their legendary western-style celebrations (including Barn Mitzvahs!), check out The Barn. It’s the real thing: The floor is covered with sawdust, bales of hay are scattered about, and it’s painted—you guessed it—bright red.
The newest addition to the ranch, the Calamigos Resort and Spa, lets you extend your stay with 36 luxurious guest rooms that bring you closer to nature. Each one has its own terrace—some offer a mountain view and others are designed as enclosed interior spaces that are open to the sky and stars.
We were pleasantly surprised by the ranch’s reception facilities and the Calamigos staff, who are true professionals when it comes to helping you plan your wedding. They’ll design your event to suit your special needs, and coordinate everything down to the last detail.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 400
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 800
- Max. Seated Indoors: 500
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 600
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated: 500
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors, the ranch holds up to 400 seated guests; outdoors up to 800 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoor areas accommodate 75–500 seated or 150–600 standing guests. The smallest site has a 75-guest minimum.
MEETING CAPACITY: The site accommodates 35–500 guests for conferences.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date and is applied to the final bill; the balance is payable 3 days prior to the event. A variety of wedding packages (including customized ones) are available, with prices ranging $97–117/person.
For day conferences, all-inclusive packages start at $55/person.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, or BYO, buyout required
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes; groom’s CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: large lot, free valet
Accommodations: 36 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQs
View: Santa Monica Mountains
Other: ceremony coordination & rehearsal
Venue ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, BWC corkage $10/bottle
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK until 11pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, confetti or sparklers