Malibu Wedding Venue
33905 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265-2316
Contact: Peter Ireland
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The Malibu Nature Preserve is a private coastal retreat with the relaxed atmosphere of an early California ranch. Once you’re here, you’re enveloped by nature: the ocean on one side, Yosemite-like canyons on the other and, on many evenings, a brilliant sunset followed by a dusting of stars in the night sky. Breathe in the spicy aroma of fresh earth mingled with the briny sea air, and just imagine the possibilities.
Located at the Malibu Riding & Tennis Club and the adjoining Nicholas Canyon, the Malibu Nature Preserve was recently acquired by the Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains, whose goal is to save this endangered wilderness. The creek, the sycamore grove, the renovated clubhouse, the labyrinth of hiking trails that wind through dramatic arroyos, and the historic Chumash caves have all been safeguarded for public use, as well as your own memorable celebration.
On the mountain side of Pacific Coast Highway, you pass through an entrance of iron gates and up a treelined drive. To the left, on the bank of a trickling creek, a manicured lawn shaded by a grove of sycamore trees is a delightful site for an outdoor wedding ceremony; couples can’t resist saying their vows on a small stage beneath a canopy of graceful branches. This is also the spot to kick off your company picnic or family reunion, and your guests will enjoy exploring the acres of picturesque grounds. And if your heart’s desire is to tie the knot with sand between your toes, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can have your ceremony at the nearby beaches and then return to the Nature Preserve for your reception.
Both casual and formal festivities are held in the clubhouse, a rustic building on a small rise overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There is an air of unpretentious sophistication about the clubhouse: Local artists’ landscapes line the walls of the main room, dominated by a stone fireplace; the open beam ceilings and the long L-shaped oak bar in the adjoining lounge would be at home in a mountain lodge. Light filtered through the surrounding trees streams in through French doors. Open them, and your guests can stroll out onto the adjacent patio to enjoy cocktails around the solar-heated swimming pool.
Around the corner from the bar is a brick-and-windows Solarium with a petite wall fountain tucked into one corner; the Solarium opens onto an expansive clay-tiled terrace and a spectacular view of the serene Pacific as it rolls into shore. The clubhouse’s various event spaces—main room, cocktail lounge, solarium, deck, and poolside—can each be set for a seated meal, buffet, cocktails, or dancing. However you choose to arrange your event, you will find the staff more than accommodating.
Having an event at the Preserve is doubly rewarding: not only will your guests feel refreshed and exhilarated, but you will get the satisfaction of knowing that each dollar you spend goes toward achieving the goal of the Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains: “to preserve, protect, and enhance our natural resources.”
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The lawn area holds 250 seated, the ocean deck holds 140 seated, each tennis court up to 350 seated guests, and the Clubhouse holds 190 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the clubhouse holds 190 seated or 240 standing. Outdoors, the site accommodates 120–350 seated or 180–720 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces hold 50–200 seated guests.
A $1,000 nonrefundable rental deposit is required to confirm your reservation; the rental balance is payable 30 days prior to the event. The rental fee starts at $4,000. With over 240 guests, a security guard is required. The site is shown by appointment only.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: CBA, extra fee
Linens, Silver, etc.: CBA, extra fee
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: oceanview deck, Clubhouse or BYO
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lots, complimentary
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
View: Pacific Ocean, Nicholas Beach, Canyon and Creek, Santa Monica Mountains
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO beer, wine and champagne
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: DJ only, select from list
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability required
Other: no rice, glitter or confetti; no open flames
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Year-round, daily, 8am–10pm.
Alternate Info: Malibu Nature Preserve at the Malibu Riding and Tennis Club