Old St. Hilary's 201 Esperanza Road • Tiburon • California


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

If you’d like to have your ceremony in a very special place, reserve Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon. This is a simple deconsecrated chapel (built in 1888)—one of the few California examples of Carpenter’s Gothic style to survive in its original condition and setting.

It’s situated atop a knoll overlooking Belvedere, Angel Island and the Golden Gate—a site protected as a rare wildflower preserve. The small white clapboard building with high peaked roof has interior walls of natural redwood, a ceiling of Douglas fir, oak pews and is lit by replicas of the original oil-burning chandeliers. The only original stained-glass window, which is above the door, depicts St. Hilary, patron saint of scholars; the other windows are Gothic arches of amber glass.

Take your vows in an uncluttered space that embraces you with a sense of peace and tranquility. Not only is the church a well-known place for weddings and other kinds of ceremonies, it’s also a popular photo site. And the nave, which has excellent acoustics, can accommodate meetings, musical programs and recordings.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Ceremony Fee
  • $1,500/event
  • Venue rental fee includes 3-hour exclusive use of the ceremony space and grounds ($300 per additional hour if needed).

Additional Info
  • Fees for other types of events and photo/movie shoots are negotiable.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 115 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 0 0
Reception Seated 0 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 115.

CEREMONY OR OTHER EVENT CAPACITY: Total occupancy, 115. No standing room.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • Special Events / Parties

Essential Info



Amplified Music

Acoustic Only

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, any day or evening except Wednesday and Sunday, unless by appointment only.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Chapel / Church / Temple
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Hills
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: n/a
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: stationary oak pews
Linens, Silver, etc.: n/a
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: limited parking, shuttle required
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter
View: SF Bay, Richardson Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
Other: concert piano and wedding bell


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: not allowed
Smoking: not allowed indoors or outdoors
Music: acoustic preferred
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: recommended
Other: decorations restricted; no food/beverages indoors or outdoors; no rice, seeds, grains, petals, confetti or balloons


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