Secret Gardens Corner of Eastshore and Bay Flat Roads • Bodega Bay • California 94923

Secret Gardens

Corner of Eastshore and Bay Flat Roads
Bodega Bay, California 94923

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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! In 2018, it was also voted “Best Wedding Venue in Sonoma County” in the Press Democrat. So if your heart is set on a garden party, call sooner rather than later—this is a venue that books up quickly!


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $11,000–12,000/event
  • Rentals start at $12,000 for Saturday and $11,000 for Sunday–Thursday, both with a refundable $950 security deposit. Fridays are reserved for rehearsals only.

    The fee includes tables, chairs, heaters, access to the venue for engagement photos, and a 1-hour rehearsal. Extra hours are available.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 150
Cocktails, etc. Standing 0 150
Reception Seated 0 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 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.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access limited


Daily, mid-April through October.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from preferred list, or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: yes, limited outdoor
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: 2 large dance areas
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


But take note of the following limitations!

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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