Rancho Cucamonga Wedding Venue
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730
The delightfully imaginative Victoria Gardens Cultural Center has a motto: “Where Dreams Come to Life.” But it could just as easily be “Let’s Put on a Show,” because that’s what they do so dynamically at this outstanding venue.
The center, known primarily for its Lewis Family Playhouse, one of regional theater’s rising stars, is a multifaceted performing arts mecca that includes several unique indoor and outdoor sites for special events. Here, they believe that every wedding is a story, and they love having the same creative wizards who put the magic into dozens of critically acclaimed theatrical productions each year help you tell yours.
The Cultural Center, comprised of the playhouse and Celebration Hall, is an architecturally colorful treat. The curved buildings, sporting hues of pink, desert rose and verdigris, form a semicircle around the Imagination Courtyard, a large, cobble-stoned space that lends itself to outdoor gatherings. Ringed by tall, feathery palms, it’s open on one side to the Victoria Gardens shopping and entertainment plaza (a big plus during the holidays when the majestic Christmas tree is visible from here), and anchored on the other by the center’s soaring, arched glass entrance. Topped with a backlit, stylized marquee, this façade makes a picturesque backdrop for an al fresco ceremony.
Many brides opt to have cocktails (or even dinner) out here and exchange vows in the more private Lobby, a whimsical stage set of the perfect little street, complete with storefronts and trees—it’s like having your very own village! On one end of “town,” there’s a staircase to use either as a riser for your altar, or as a starting point for your dramatic descent to the main floor where you can say “I do,” bathed in light filtering through that gorgeous glass entrance behind you.
The center gives you enormous flexibility in choosing how you want to use its spaces, but it’s the way the staff works with a team of art and entertainment professionals to turn your vision into reality that makes this place so special. Want to add an animal to the proceedings? No problem.
They’ve wrangled camels, horses, an elephant—even albino peacocks—for various events. Unconventional entertainment? They can find everything from acrobats to belly dancers to gospel choirs. And with the help of some of L.A.‘s most talented set decorators, lighting designers, seamstresses and hair/makeup artists, they will produce an affair to remember.
Nowhere is their creativity more rewarded than in the Celebration Hall Ballroom. A wonderful blank canvas, this huge space has polished concrete floors, cream-colored walls, windows on two sides and an adjacent Patio hugged by shrubbery. In it’s natural state, it’s a bright and airy spot for dinner and dancing with an indoor/outdoor flow. But say the word and they can transform it, with elegant draping and dramatic lighting, into a romantic oasis, a sophisticated supper club or an exotic foreign locale. There’s no charge for either the consultation or design, making this an incredible value. Plus, they do so much of the work in-house that you can also save on flowers, catering, and more for a one-of-a-kind event that’s sure to win rave reviews.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds up to 400 seated guests indoors or 600 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 250 seated or 350 standing guests indoors and 500 seated or 600 standing outdoors.
A $1,000 refundable deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $1,200–3,200 depending on the length of the event, guest count and custom décor options. Meals range $30–60/person. Tax and alcohol are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: large lot, valet optional; garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: garden courtyard, landscaped grounds
Other: in-house florals, AV equipment, custom décor services
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily until 1am.
Alternate Info: Victorian Gardens Cultural Center