Unity In Marin 600 Palm Drive • Novato • CA 94949


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Step back in time to the sun-kissed days when California belonged to Spain and town centers displayed flowing fountains, colonnades, bell towers, gardens and charming baroque façades. Unity In Marin invites you to do just that. Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Novato, this Marin County wedding venue includes a multi-use Chapel area, the versatile Unity Hall for receptions, a commercial kitchen, and a lawn and garden courtyard.

The chapel, which blends pleasingly with the Spanish Colonial-style buildings in the adjacent town center, is surrounded by roses, wisteria, palms and a broad lawn. Its soaring interior welcomes ceremonies and/or receptions, with light-colored walls and cushioned chairs for flexible seating. Windows line the top of each side wall, bringing in views of the ever-changing sky. Pendant chandeliers, suspended from a spectacular exposed-wood-beam ceiling, cast up and down lighting. The room's ambiance is further enhanced by an ethereal half-dome ceiling over the maple-floored chancel/stage area.

The balcony is backlit by a colorful stained-glass window with an arch of clear glass beneath it. Old pews from the original Hamilton Chapel have been restored for additional seating. To the side, a state-of-the-art media booth controls a world-class sound system, theater lights and a rear-lit projection screen. The 8 x 10 screen, designed to be a discreet architectural element over the chancel area, appears as an opaque window when not in use. With this sophisticated AV system, you can project favorite photos, engagement pictures, videos or background images prior to or during the ceremony or reception.

In the vestibule area, there's a soundproof family or "cry" room. This carpeted area has a picture window that allows families with babies or crying children a comfortable place from which to view the ceremony. Adjoining the chapel is a bride's room with its own bathroom and full-length mirror, perfect for treasured moments of privacy and as a place to change before and after the wedding.

Unity Hall is ideal for receptions and banquets, and can also be partitioned into four smaller meeting rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple doors offer views of the courtyard, while other windows look out to the back hillside. The countertops and granite serving counter work well for buffets, and the adjacent full-size commercial kitchen can accommodate any caterer.

Garden-style weddings are easily arranged in the courtyard, which has a fountain as its centerpiece. This outdoor space is enclosed by colonnaded walkways that provide shade and can also be used for a buffet or cocktail table setup. With unobtrusive built-in lighting and sound, the courtyard can be used any time of day.

The campus' newest addition is the Meditation Garden, a beautiful backdrop for photos. A wisteria-covered trellis beckons you down a winding path through naturally landscaped gardens. Wooden benches along the way encourage you to relax and enjoy the surrounding native trees, flowers and greenery.

Unity In Marin is both romantic and spiritually uplifting. When you come by for a visit, take a moment to sit on a bench near the fountain and appreciate how deftly this venue has melded past and present together. We think its combination of carefully rendered classical Mission architecture and cutting-edge facilities is hard to beat.

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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $1,000–5,600/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 300 300
Cocktails, etc. Standing 275 400
Reception Seated 200 300
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 145.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Several spaces accommodate 50–300 seated guests. The chapel seats up to 300 and Unity Hall seats up to 145.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Unity In Marin can accommodate 80–200 seated or 150–275 standing guests indoors, and 80–300 seated or 400 standing outdoors. The chapel holds 200 for a sit-down banquet.

MEETING CAPACITY: The chapel seats up to 80 classroom-style. Unity Hall holds up to 145 seated theater-style or 50 seated conference-style.

Venue Details

Site Uses

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

Essential Info


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Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, 7am–midnight; extended hours can be negotiated.

Venue Type

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

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Chapel / Church / Temple
  • Conference Center
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Other View
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: select from preferred list, or BYO licensed and full-service
Kitchen Facilities: commercial, fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: WiFi internet access, state-of-the-art AV; lighting and sound available, extra fee
Parking: ample, complimentary
Accommodations: no guest rooms, nearby hotels
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: courtyard and Novato hills
Other: ministers available


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO or through caterer
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK indoors, outdoors with limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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