Moorpark, California 93021
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See the magic when the lights are on!
Rancho de las Palmas is hosting weekly nighttime tours of their beautiful property. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how this wedding venue will look for your celebration.
Call for details and to make your appointment, 805/529-6699.
Why We Like This Place
In describing an event facility, the word “oasis” gets thrown around pretty loosely, but Rancho de las Palmas, with its spring-fed lagoon, thousands of palm trees and 15 fountains, comes as close as we’ve ever seen to fitting the literal definition. Personally designed and executed over nearly two decades by the Cassar family, this unique, 420-acre private estate is also a registered turtle sanctuary and botanical garden. Everything here is handmade and reflects the family’s seemingly unlimited creative energy.
The focal point of Rancho de Las Palmas is the huge lagoon, with three sparkling fountains and a marvelous island connected to the shore by a bridge. Weeping willows and stalwart palm trees make for a tropical setting on the shore, and a spacious serpentine deck—any part of which can be set up for entertaining—borders the lagoon. This is a great spot to sip a mai tai with friends and enjoy the view.
Couples get married in front of the double-tier waterfall, on the grass beneath a lovely bronze arch, or on the short flight of brick stairs facing the large lagoon. The stairs have an overhead arch and side railings fashioned in ornate wrought iron, perfect for twining with flowers. From here, it’s only a few steps to the Pavilion for the reception. This circular space is quite charming—organza draped from the top of the center pole is embedded with glowing twinkle lights, creating a romantic ambiance. When the sun goes down, this place really comes alive!
If you’re planning a large ceremony, you’ll be thoroughly delighted by the estate’s newest wedding site. Here, the bride walks down a 100-foot-long aisle and through a series of five ornate archways, all of which can be festooned with flowers and tulle. Vows are exchanged beneath the last arch against a backdrop of tropical foliage.
One of the greatest pleasures of being at Rancho de las Palmas is taking a stroll around the grounds. As you do, notice the unique architectural details: On the deck, wood railings change to wrought iron, and pathways that start out brick turn to cobblestone, then to concrete poured in imaginative designs. Classical fountains rub shoulders with abstract stone structures made of river rock and brick, some decorated with leaping dolphins. However, if you think this sounds like an artistic hodgepodge, you’re in for a treat. It all harmonizes beautifully—the manmade structures seem to have grown as naturally as the palms, pepper trees and flowers that surround them. And if children are included in your celebration, they’ll be enchanted (and occupied!) by a Swiss Family Robinson-style tree house, complete with slide and swings.
Incidentally, the Rancho only holds one event per day, so you and your bridal party are welcome to start setting up in the morning, and spend a little time relaxing before the festivities. In addition to weddings, Rancho de las Palmas has hosted numerous movie shoots, luaus, casino nights, bar mitzvahs, birthday and graduation parties, swing dances, memorial services, auctions and fundraisers. If you can’t stand the thought of renting a stuffy ballroom or crowded banquet hall for your event, try Rancho de Las Palmas—it’s as refreshing as an oasis in the desert!
- Max. Seated Indoors: 230
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 230
- Max. Seated Indoors: 230
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 230
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 230
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 230
- Max. Seated: 230
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Ceremony areas hold 230 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The covered Pavilion can accommodate up to 230 seated guests. For corporate events, the site holds up to 230 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a $3,000 nonrefundable deposit is payable when reservations are confirmed; the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. The rental fee is $3,000 on Saturday, $2,000 on Sunday and $1,500 on Friday evening. Wedding packages start at $60/person, and include use of the property, a buffet or dinner, hors d’oeuvres, unlimited social bar and champagne toast, chairs, tables and tableware. Tax and a 17% service charge are additional.
For corporate events a nonrefundable deposit totaling 50% of the estimated event total is payable when reservations are confirmed; the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. The rental fee varies depending on guest count, day of week and event type; call for more information.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: rental available
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large, lighted lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
View: tropical botanical gardens, freshwater lake, turtle rescue sanctuary, palm trees, fountains
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Alcohol: in-house, or BYO
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK outdoors
Wheelchair Access: mostly yes
Insurance: extra insurance CBA
Other: no rice or confetti
Alternate Info: Club Rancho de las Palmas