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Descanso Gardens

La Canada Flintridge Wedding Venue
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge, California 91011
Contact: Wedding Office
Phone: 818/949-4206

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Why We Like This Place

As you drive down the quiet, oak-lined residential street that leads to the Gardens, you get your first taste of this facility’s peaceful seclusion. Living up to its name (descanso means “rest” in Spanish), Descanso Gardens is indeed a tranquil, verdant oasis at the foot of the arid San Gabriel Mountains.

Once a large private estate, the Gardens occupy over 150 acres, offering a wide variety of enchanting sites for weddings. One favorite is a quintessential California setting—a broad, open lawn under wide-spreading coast live oaks that convey a rustic simplicity.

Another option is the Magnolia Lawn. A wall of lattice entwined with crabapple vines and ruby-red buds marks the entrance, and guests pass beneath a pretty archway before taking their seats facing a pair of mature magnolia trees. The trees serve as a natural altar for the bride and groom, while their creamy white flowers evoke a feminine grace. The surrounding greenery is punctuated by seasonal surprises—think cheery tulips in spring and perfumed paperwhites in winter—enhance the picturesque environs.

If you're exchanging vows with a few family and friends looking on, then consider the serene Japanese Garden. Your guests cluster along the bank of a koi-filled stream as you share your first kiss in front of the Full Moon Tea House. An orange footbridge and springtime show of pink cherry blossoms create a colorful, exotic milieu for photos.

And who can resist the romance of Descanso's five-acre rose garden? It boasts hundreds of rosebushes! Couples can wed at the wrought-iron Rose Garden gazebo, and continue their outdoor celebration in a timber-and-stone pavilion bordered by fragrant blooms.

Seated receptions can also be held in the classic Boddy House, poised at the edge of the oak forest. Larger gatherings convene in Van de Kamp Hall, which is situated near the Garden’s main entrance. This Craftsman-style building boasts a lofty open-beamed ceiling and French doors that open onto a lovely and expansive tiled courtyard flanked by flowerbeds

With its shade-dappled lawns, brilliant flowers, majestic camellia forests and secluded woodland clearings, Descanso Gardens is just the right wedding spot for any nature-loving couple. But whether you get married here or not, a visit to the gardens is a tonic to urban stresses and—dare we suggest it—frayed prenuptial nerves. You can breathe easy in this serene setting, or, as they say in Spanish, aquí puede usted descansar.

Prices: What's this going to cost?


Rental Fee
  • $7,000/event and up
  • This price is for a ceremony and reception. The fee for a reception only starts at $5,500. Discounted rates are available on Friday and Sunday.

Ceremony Fee
  • $4,000/event and up
  • This price is for a ceremony only. Discounted rates are available on Friday and Saturday.

Package Prices
  • $100/person and up
  • Tax and service charge are included.

Additional Info
  • For meetings, the rental fee ranges $425–2,500, depending on the room reserved, guest count, day of week, and time frame.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 50
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 180
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 180
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 180
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Various outdoor locations hold up to 300 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Van de Kamp Hall holds 180 seated; the Rose Garden Pavilion holds 180 seated guests. The Boddy House seats 50 guests indoors or 90 guests outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Van de Kamp Hall holds 250 seated theater-style or 125 conference-style; Classrooms Maple and Birch each hold 50 seated theater- or conference-style, and Minka Room holds 20 seated.

Location Uses

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

Services/Amenities

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: PA system, 2 microphones
Parking: two large complimentary lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: provided
View: rose garden, stream and koi pond, lawns, woods, estate home


Venue Views

Creek/River
Forest/Wooded Area
Fountain/Water Feature
Garden
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

All-inclusive Wedding Packages
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Garden
Historic/Landmark Building
Park

Restrictions

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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