Why You'll Love This Place
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In describing an event facility, the word "oasis" gets thrown around pretty loosely, but Rancho de las Palmas, with its spring-fed lagoon, fountains, and thousands of palm trees, comes as close as we've ever seen to fitting the literal definition. Personally designed and executed over two decades by the Cassar family, this unique, 420-acre private estate is also a registered turtle sanctuary and botanical garden.
The focal point of Rancho is the huge lagoon, with sparkling fountains and a marvelous island connected to the shore by a bridge. Weeping willows and stalwart palm trees make for a tropical setting on the shore, and a spacious deck—any part of which can be set up for entertaining—borders the lagoon. This is a great spot to sip a mai tai with friends and enjoy the view.
Couples get married in front of the double-tier waterfall, on the grass beneath a lovely bronze arch, or on the short flight of brick stairs facing the large lagoon. The stairs have an overhead arch and side railings fashioned in ornate wrought iron, perfect for twining with flowers. From here, it's only a few steps to the Pavilion for the reception. This circular space is quite charming—organza draped from the top of the center pole is embedded with glowing twinkle lights, creating a romantic ambiance. When the sun goes down, this place really comes alive!
If you're planning a large ceremony, you'll be delighted by the estate's newest ceremony area. Here, the bride walks down a 100-foot-long aisle and through a series of ornate archways, all of which can be festooned with flowers and tulle. Vows are exchanged beneath the last arch against a backdrop of tropical foliage.
One of the greatest pleasures of being at Rancho is taking a stroll around the grounds. As you do, notice the unique architectural details: On the deck, wood railings change to wrought iron, and pathways that start out brick turn to cobblestone, then to concrete poured in imaginative designs. However, if you think this sounds like an artistic hodgepodge, you're in for a treat. It all harmonizes beautifully—the manmade structures seem to have grown as naturally as the palms, pepper trees, and flowers that surround them. And if children are included in your celebration, they'll be enchanted (and occupied!) by a Swiss Family Robinson-style tree house, complete with slide and swings.
Incidentally, Rancho only holds one event per day, so you and your bridal party are welcome to start setting up in the morning, and spend a little time relaxing before the festivities. In addition to weddings, Rancho hosts numerous movie shoots, luaus, casino nights, bar mitzvahs, birthday and graduation parties, swing dances, memorial services, auctions and fundraisers. If you can't stand the thought of renting a stuffy ballroom or crowded banquet hall for your event, try Rancho de Las Palmas—it's as refreshing as an oasis in the desert!
See the magic when the lights are on!
Rancho de las Palmas is hosting weekly nighttime tours of their beautiful property. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how this wedding venue will look for your celebration.
Call for details and to make your appointment, 805/529-6699.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- $69/person and up
Wedding packages include use of the property, a buffet or dinner, hors d'oeuvres, unlimited social bar and champagne toast, chairs, tables and tableware.
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 232.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Ceremony areas hold 232 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The covered Pavilion can accommodate up to 232 seated guests. For corporate events, the site holds up to 232 guests.
- Wedding Receptions
- Special Events, Parties
- Business Functions/Meetings
- Rehearsal Dinners
$ • $$
Year-round, daily including holidays, 9am–11pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- All-inclusive Wedding Packages
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest/Wooded Area
- Fountain/Water Feature
- Garden Patio/Courtyard
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: rental available
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large, lighted lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: through caterer
View: tropical botanical gardens, freshwater lake, turtle rescue sanctuary, palm trees, fountains
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house, or BYO
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK outdoors
Wheelchair Access: mostly yes
Insurance: extra insurance CBA
Other: no rice or confetti
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Alternate Info: Club Rancho de las Palmas