San Anselmo, California 94960
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Why We Like This Place
When they first see a photograph of this place, many people remark that it looks like a castle on a wooded Scottish brae or a medieval village in central Europe. It's easy to understand why this seminary on a hill evokes such romantic associations. First there's Montgomery Memorial Chapel, a graceful stone church near the seminary's main entrance that is one of its two most popular wedding sites. Then, up the hill, there's Stewart Memorial Chapel at Geneva Hall, a splendid white church with an arcade, a soaring campanile, a terrace that overlooks a breathtaking view, and stained-glass windows whose intense colors rival those of Europe's cathedrals.
In between the two ceremony venues is a tree-shaded campus with grand lawns, weathered moss-covered stone walls, classrooms, Victorian homes for faculty members and rock-faced administration buildings that evoke the allure of historic citadels. The most popular reception site is the Geneva Hall terrace, a curving sweep of stone that provides one of the most stunning panoramas in Marin: the north flank of Mt. Tamalpais; Ross Township's redwood-covered ridges; Red Hill; the seminary's signature stone academic buildings; and views down the Ross Valley.
There's a more prosaic form of beauty here, too: Because the seminary is a religious nonprofit entity, it can offer its beautiful grounds and facilities at prices that are considered quite competitive by Marin County standards.
The seminary has another deal sweetener—a Victorian home available for small prenuptial parties or a pre-wedding stay. You can rest overnight at the seminary, then awaken fresh the next morning, knowing you don't have to travel anywhere for the big day. The seminary also has a 28-room dorm-style retreat center, which allows close friends and family to lodge together. Keeping so many of your loved ones nearby makes it easy to turn your wedding into a destination weekend.
Besides a choice of romantic chapels and the campus' overall enticing feel, couples also like the unlimited parking and almost universal accessibility for their disabled guests. This site is like a good day that just keeps getting better. First, the drive here takes you through some of Marin's loveliest, leafiest neighborhoods, and then the campus itself charms you with its meandering lanes, compelling architecture and one-of-a-kind vistas in a county famous for its views. Once it wins you over, any other venue just won't feel as right.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 170
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 170
- Max. Seated Indoors: 120
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 170
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 170
- Max. Seated: 170
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The venue accommodates up to 170 seated or standing guests both indoors and outdoors.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of the estimated event total is required to secure your date, and the balance is due 2 months prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $1,200–3,800 depending on the space rented.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: none
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: through caterer
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot or on-street
Accommodations: 33 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: mountains, meadow, garden, forest
Other: pianos, picnic area
Venue ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: through caterer
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors and outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required