How Much Does a Franciscan Gardens Wedding Cost?

The Franciscan Gardens is a private, elegant, and rustic event venue located in the remarkable San Juan Capistrano, California. This romantic venue is an outdoor garden courtyard ideal for wedding events, designed in a Spanish style, that spans across 5,000 square feet and features romantic paper lampposts, blossoming brick walls, and mini string lights that veil the tall trees around the garden.

Behind the Franciscan Gardens’ elegant wood doors, weddings become a fairytale story, where guests can enjoy dining and dancing under the stars while the historical San Juan Capistrano serves as a backdrop.

Managed by the 24 Carrots from 2010, This location is ideal for celebrating your wedding with the most exquisite catering services in Orange County, regardless of whether your wedding is during the day or the night.

Before booking the venue for your wedding it is important to know the amenities and features that Franciscan Gardens can provide and the associated costs.

How much does a Franciscan Gardens wedding cost?

The rental cost for a wedding at the Franciscan Gardens is anywhere from $5,000 up to $9,000 for a six-hour event time. The rental fee will vary depending on the day of the week and whether the wedding will take place in the peak or off-peak season of the year. Take into consideration that this fee does not include other expenses such as the setup, or catering services.

On average, the venue may charge anywhere from $5,000 to $6,500 for off-peak-season wedding renting, while for peak days from April to October, you can expect to pay somewhere from $7,000 to $9,000, depending on whether the wedding date is during the weekdays or weekends.

When it comes to food and drinks, based on our research, the average cost range for the catering service will be around $40 and $80 per guest, while beverages can range from $15 to $40 per guest. Based on the type of menu and drinks you get for the event, the cost will differ considerably.

According to HereComesTheGuide.com, the wedding rental fee at the Franciscan Gardens may be anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on the day of the week. they also say that the meal cost will be $100 and up per guest.

LizzyLiz.com, a wedding planner, claims that the rental fee at the Franciscan Gardens may start from $8,000, and additional fees may apply.

Breezit.com, another wedding planner website, notes that the starting price for a wedding of 100 guests at the Franciscan Gardens is $14,197, and the minimum venue rental fee starts at $4,046.

Another website, WeddingWire.com, stated that the average cost for a wedding of 100 guests at the Franciscan Gardens is anywhere from $16,000 to $29,000.

However, these costs are still estimates, and depending on the number of guests, the type of setup, the catering and beverage choice, and the date of the wedding, the overall price may vary considerably.

In the table below, we listed different menus and drink service and their costs according to Breezit.com:

Chef Composed Menu $78 per guest
  • 4 Tray-Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • 1 Composed Plated Salad
  • 2 Composed Plated Entrées
The 24 Carrot $72 per guest
  • Choice of Service Style: Buffet or Plated
  • 4 Tray-Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • 1 Plated Salad or 2 for Buffet
  • 2 Mains
  • 2 Accompaniments
The 18 Carrot $58 per guest
  • Choice of Service Style: Buffet or Plated
  • 4 Tray-Passed Hors d’oeuvres • 1 Plated Salad or 2 for Buffet
  • 2 Mains
  • 2 Accompaniments
The 14 Carrot $46 per guest
  • Choice of Service Style: Buffet or Plated
  • 3 Tray-Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • 1 Salad
  • 1 Main
  • 2 Accompaniments


Beer and Wine $26 per guest
Premium beer and wine $31 per guest
Luxury beer and wine $37 per guest
Soft Bar $13 per guest
House Bar $31 per guest
Premium Bar $36 per guest
Luxury Bar $41 per guest

What’s included in the rental fee?

  • Use of the venue exclusively for up to six hours
  • 400 square foot bridal suite
  • 350 square foot groom’s lounge
  • Ceremony arch made from wood wrought iron plus a podium
  • 200 Fruitwood Chivari chairs
  • 25 round tables of 60-inch
  • 4 round high cocktail tables of 30-inch
  • 1 round low table of 48-inch
  • 4 rectangular tables of 6’ x 30″
  • 5 rectangular tables 8’ x 30″
  • Linens, glassware, and silverware
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Venue manager to oversee the event
  • Full kitchen facility
  • Parking for guests

Extra costs

An additional cost to consider is the service tax which will be 22%. This tax will cover expenses such as consulting, planning, maintenance of the wedding venue, insurance, and other administration services.

You might also like our articles about the cost of a wedding ceremony at the Park Savoy, Perona Farms, or Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Franciscan Gardens Wedding OutsideA set-up fee may be required, and this will probably be $250, on average.

Aside from the 6-hour rental period, you can also extend your event for a charge of around $370 per hour.

24 Carrots can provide kids meals for an additional cost of around $16 per entree.

Another additional cost to consider is the dessert fee and the wedding cake fee, depending on the type of dessert and number of plates.

Staffing fee may be charged which is not included in the rental fee, and may be an extra $4,000 to $5,000. This fee includes the charge for the Lead Server, Servers for the entire event, Lead Chef, Event Chef, and Bartenders and can vary depending on the number of guests and your choice of food and drinks.

The Bar glassware will be an additional cost because the venue only provides plastic cups in the beverage package.

Other additional fees may be charged for tableware rentals.

Even though the venue provides the tables and chairs, you have the possibility to upgrade their style for an extra cost depending on the type of furniture.

Cancellation fees may apply.

Important things about this wedding venue

The Franciscan Gardens whether outdoors or indoors, can accommodate up to 200 guests for both reception and ceremony.

A deposit of 35% must be paid when booking the date of the wedding. The remaining payment must be made 30 days before the wedding day.

The wedding date cannot be changed; you can only cancel it, pay the cancellation fee, and book another available date.

Weddings can last only up to midnight.

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