Muckenthaler Mansion 1201 West Malvern • Fullerton • California 92833


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

With its broad lawns and period architecture, Fullerton's Muckenthaler Mansion might be the backdrop for one of the fictitious revelries in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. On its gracious grounds a bride can easily imagine herself as the dreamy heroine from The Great Gatsby as she glides across the velvety green expanse atop a wooded knoll. The fantasy continues inside, where turn-of-the-century photos document life in a gentler era.

Built in 1924 as the dream home of Walter and Adella Muckenthaler, the stunning Italian Renaissance-style structure stands on nine landscaped acres overlooking a quiet residential neighborhood. In 1965, Adella and her son donated the estate to the City of Fullerton for use as a cultural center for touring art exhibits. Thus, whatever artwork is on display at the mansion contributes a unique aesthetic to special events.

Prior to tying the knot, the bride can prepare and unwind in a dressing room featuring its own private entrance and bathroom. Guests await the bride's entrance in the estate's rose garden, and they're sure to "ooh and aah" as she floats into view surrounded by a flurry of colorful blooms. She meets her husband-to-be by the gazebo set amidst a palm-fringed Italian garden.

After the ceremony, many couples serve cocktails inside the mansion, where almost every room is a gallery filled with art from around the globe. Of particular note is the octagonal solarium, warmed by light flowing in through expansive windows. Meanwhile, the wedding party poses in the mansion's foyer, where a wrought-iron spiral staircase imported from Italy makes a perfect photographic centerpiece.

The Muckenthaler has numerous enclaves for receptions. Al fresco options include: the Center Circle Courtyard, lit by necklaces of twinkling lights; the Adella and Northwest Lawns for larger parties; and the charming Palm Court for daytime events. In the evening you can fête your guests in a fancy tent, or let the starlit sky create the ambiance.

For indoor festivities guests enjoy mingling in the wooden-floored atrium with its ornate tiled fireplace. Dinner and dancing often unfold in the main gallery, where a baby grand piano is on hand for musical entertainment. When it's time to toss the bouquet the bride stands on the mansion's front porch and flings her flowers to the bridal hopefuls waiting below on the lawn.

In addition to its extraordinary setting, the two-story mansion offers exclusive catering and full bar services by Colette's. Known for fabulous cuisine, magnificent cakes and impeccable service, the Fullerton caterer offers complete dinner packages, customized international menus, and creative reception ideas for 20 to 1,000.

The Muckenthaler Mansion is one of North Orange County's most picturesque event venues, and a great place to "write" the first chapter of your new life together.


Video by Koman Studio.

Video by Balerina Films.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Package Prices
  • $100/person and up
  • All packages include:

    • Exclusive use of the historic 1920s Spanish Revival estate, and all 9 acres of property
    • Catering with custom menu design
    • Customized bar packages and tableside wine service
    • Cake cutting and coffee & tea service
    • Welcome beverage station
    • Private dressing rooms
    • Complimentary on-site parking
    • Tables, chairs, linens, napkins, china, glassware, and flatware
    • Service staff and culinary team
    • A/V equipment and outdoor ambiance lighting


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 400
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 700
Reception Seated 130 500
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 120.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Italian Garden seats up to 240 guests and the Adella Lawn up to 400 guests. Other areas of the property can accommodate 600.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoor spaces hold up to 130 seated or 200 standing guests. Various outdoor areas hold 500 seated or 700 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: Spaces accommodate 8–120 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$$ • $$$



All catering is provided by Certified by The Guide vendor Colette's Catering & Events.



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, 7am–10pm.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Art Gallery
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Community Center / Civic Building
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit
  • Park
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Private Estate
  • Private Home

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Park

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: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: large lot, valet optional
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: garden, park, cityscape, landscaped grounds
Other: event coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, confetti, or birdseed


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