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Secret Gardens

Bodega Bay Wedding Venue
Corner East Shore and Bay Flat Roads
Bodega Bay, California 94923
Contact: Hannah Brailsford
Phone: 406/581-4814

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Why We Like This Place

When we passed through the Secret Gardens’ humble iron gate, we felt as if we had encountered Narnia—the magical, otherworldly kingdom that C.S. Lewis wrote of in his famed children’s books. Entering the gardens, you’re immersed in a world of unbridled beauty. In every direction the eye is delighted: here the abundant blooms of rhododendrons, irises and camellias; over there delicate Japanese maples, cherry trees and towering redwoods. A year-round running brook unspools the length of the gardens, pausing now and again to calm itself in one of several lovely ponds. It took 10 years to wrangle this magnificent garden from a tenacious coastal jungle, but the effort was worth it: today it’s truly an idyllic place to hold a celebration.

A variety of scenic spots are available to tie the knot, but most couples prefer to marry on a gorgeous redwood deck with an attached redwood Ceremonial Arch. After the ceremony, folks can lose themselves along the gardens’ meandering paths before joining the feasting and festivities at the handsome pavilion at the far side of the gardens.

Although the Secret Gardens is ideal for outdoor weddings, it’s also excellent for any number of events—seminars, retreats, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries. Overnight accommodations are easily arranged with both luxury hotels and more modest accommodations available nearby.

The Secret Gardens, a place whose extraordinary beauty has made it anything but secret, has been featured in HGTV, A&E, Town and Country Magazine, radio and other media! So if your heart is set on a garden party, call sooner rather than later—this is a venue that books up quickly!



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 150


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Ceremony Area holds 150 seated guests and the Pavilion up to 150 seated.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meetings spaces accommodate up to 150 guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date, and the balance plus a $950 security deposit are due 1 month prior to the event. Engagement photos and a 1-hour rehearsal are included. The weekend rental fee starts at $5,900; call for midweek rates. Extra hours are available.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: select from preferred list, or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: yes, limited outdoor
Tables & Chairs: provided, extra fee
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: 2 large dance areas
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample on-street and in private lot, local shuttle service recommended
Accommodations: nearby hotels and rental homes
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes, area available
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: gardens, pond, creek and redwoods
Other: complimentary sound system for the ceremony area

Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: BYO, insurance required, no corkage fees
Smoking: designated area only
Music: amplified OK until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required

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Alternate Info: Compass Rose Gardens, Bodega Bay Secret Gardens