Sunday, February 2, 2014

VENUE # 2: Descanso Gardens (La Canada Flintridge, CA)

Karen says YAY about:
  • Foot of the San Gabriel Mountains!
  • Over 150 acres, including oak forests and rose gardens!
  • Staring price for wedding and ceremony is $5,700, which is reasonable!

Karen says MEH about:
  • Can only use Patina catering. They have good reviews, but still. Cheapest meal choice: $65/person.
  • Brides complain that the venue isn't flexible. For instance, reception can't go past 10pm and their wedding coordinator is required.
  • Rating is 4.3 out of 5 from brides. Not horrible, but not stellar. Rating of 4 for value.

Want more on the gardens? Click below!

Address: 1418 Descanso Dr
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Contact: Call 818-949-4291; ask for wedding office
Seating Capacity (Indoor/Outdoor):  180/500.  See the image to the right for exact capacities depending on venue, but it's a max of 500 for outdoors and 180 indoors.
Lowest Priced Wedding: $5,700 + $65/person.
Wedding Package PDF can be downloaded HERE


Stage, Magnolia Lawn, Japanese Garden $3,600
Rose Garden, Oak Grove, Main Lawn $4,000
Boddy House Lawn $4,500
Van de Kamp Hall $4,100
Rose Pavilion $4,500
Boddy House Terrace $5,000
Wedding + Reception site combinations
Main Lawn + Van de Kamp $5,700
Rose Garden + Rose Pavilion $6,200
Boddy House Lawn + Terrace $6,500
Included in fees | Detailed meetings with
Special Events Office, 1-hour rehearsal at
ceremony site, Bridal Room for dressing, admission
at 3 p.m. for photography, tables and chairs,
15x16 dance floor, plus liability insurance for you
and your guests.
Additional fees | Refundable damage deposit
$500 ($1,000 for Boddy House), event coordinator
$350–$600, additional staff for Oak Grove, Main
Lawn, and Boddy House $150.
Ceremony available from 5–7 p.m.
Reception available from 5–10 p.m.
Inquire about hour extension and fees. Please

see reverse for venue capacities.

What is included in the rental fee?
The rental fee will depend on which specific venue you choose. No matter which venue, the rental fee offers the following items and allowances:
· All chairs, for both ceremony and reception
· All tables (linen provided by Patina Catering, if you’re having a catered event)
· Dance floor (15xx16ft)
· Insurance
· Early admission for photography (3:00pm)
· Bridal room (3:00pm) (One room only; Groom should arrive dressed)
· One hour rehearsal for your ceremony

Do I need to place a deposit in order to put a date on hold?
We offer a complimentary, two-week hold so long as you pick a specific venue, and date. We ask for no money down during these two weeks, to allow time for you to contact Patina Catering.

What is the payment schedule?
We offer a two week complimentary hold. Should you decide to book your event at Descanso Gardens, at the end of those two weeks, we then ask for a $1,000.00 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit. The remainder of the balance is split in two; the first half due 6 months prior to the event and the second half due 2 months prior. Please contact Patina Catering regarding their deposit and payment schedule, as it differs from Descanso’s

What does ‘exclusive’ mean when referring to Patina Catering?
The Patina Restaurant Group is our on-site, exclusive catering company, meaning that all food and beverage must come through them-you do not have the option of using a different caterer. Ultimately, two contracts would be generated for your event-one through Descanso, and one through Patina.
For sample menus or food and beverage questions, you may contact 213. 864. 2241.

Aside from Patina Catering, are there any other exclusive vendors?
Descanso Gardens can permit three different rental companies on site, for upgrade items such as lounge
furniture, lighting, colored linen, etc. We are happy to provide contact information for these three companies: Town and Country, Classic Party Rentals, and Dolphin Rentals. Aside from these three, and Patina Catering, we permit you to bring in those vendors which suit you best, for duties such as photography, florals, musicians, officiants, etc.

Have you been to this venue? Have changes to prices, feedback, or further questions? Tell me in the comments!

Prepared with love by Karen. <3          Last Updated: 2/2/14.


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