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Valley Presbyterian Church

Portola Valley Wedding Venue
945 Portola Road
Portola Valley, California 94028
Contact: Cathy Paniagua
Phone: 650/851-2848

Special Offer or Discount

Saturday morning wedding special: Book a 2-hour ceremony starting at 10am for just $1,325 (that’s a $650 savings off the regular ceremony price of $2,050).

Why We Like This Place

From its breathtaking sanctuary to its wooded grounds, Valley Presbyterian Church draws on the purity of the natural world to enhance your spiritual experience. "There's a sense of peace here," explains one congregant. "You feel like a part of nature, and thus closer to God." Being welcoming and inclusive, this church invites all couples to celebrate their wedding here.

The heart of Valley Presbyterian Church is the awe-inspiring sanctuary—its simplicity and unpretentious beauty evoke serenity and wonder. Guests enter through four heavy wooden doors, richly carved with images of New Testament figures. Oak pews are upholstered with green fabric, and the A-frame pine ceiling is accented by dark beams. Polished riverbed stones in the washed aggregate floor echo the sanctuary's earthy aesthetic, while stone planters filled with greenery line the interior.

However, it's the soaring sanctuary windows behind the communion table that take your breath away. They frame a grove of majestic redwood trees reaching heavenward. Guests face this magnificent forest scene, while from the steps below the communion table the bridal party enjoys its own striking tableau: the six-foot-tall stained-glass window above the front doors depicting a simple golden Celtic cross in a blue-toned mosaic. When light shines through it, the amber cross is reflected across the church onto the view of the redwoods, and seems to float mysteriously in the air—a sparkling vision that heightens the mood of peaceful reverence.

The church comes with the services of a minister, coordinator, organist, wedding hostess and hostess assistant. Every couple that marries at Valley Presbyterian attends a one-day Marriage Preparation Workshop, as well as a separate private meeting with their assigned officiant. All are welcome here, and though a Valley Presbyterian minister will be the main officiant of the wedding, you may invite a guest minister to assist with the ceremony. Also included, but optional, are candelabras with candles, a unity candle, white silk florals for the communion table, pew decorations and an aisle runner.

Valley Presbyterian Church believes in giving back to the community, and is known for its outreach and children's programs. This is a church that actively promotes family, community, and spiritual values—a promising environment for starting a new life together.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 225
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 0

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Sanctuary holds 225+ guests. Call for details.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable $1,200 deposit is required to reserve your date. The fee is $2,050 for a 2½-hour time frame. Fees are subject to change without notice. Couples need not be members of Valley Presbyterian Church; however, it is necessary that the ceremony be a Christian service.

Location Uses



Catering: n/a

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: n/a

Linens, Silver, etc.: n/a

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: n/a

Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: yes

AV/Meeting Equipment: n/a

Parking: lot for 175 guests

Accommodations: no guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: yes

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a

Cleanup: provided

View: redwood forest

Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area

Venue Type



Alcohol: not permitted

Smoking: not allowed

Music: acoustic only

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: not required

Other: no birdseed or rice

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