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Adamson House (Historical Landmark)

Malibu , CA
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23200 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA US 90265 (map)

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310-456-8432

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When was your venue built?
1930
Describe your venue:
Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Coastal, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
No
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
7000
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.2/5.0
Could not have asked for a more perfect venue. Over half of our guest list was coming from outside California, and the venue alone made their trip worth while. Absolutely beautiful.

Dealing with a California State Park/Historic Site is a little difficult. Obviously their work is worth while, the grounds and house are amazing. They have lots of rules, i.e.: no stakes in the ground, light colored florals in certain areas, limited open flames, no food or beverage in certain areas, must remove all grey water from the site, and most recently, they apparently no longer allow those all wooden farm guest tables in the backyard/main reception area. They also have limited power, but even with a high end sound system from our DJ, we were fine. They have very nice air conditioned portable restrooms. Guests had no problem with them. They also are very strict on time, and even with a full staff for breakdown they don't leave you enough time for load-out. All parking is offsite, and you must pay for spaces at a lot nearby and a shuttle service (total for us was around $3,750.00).

Their staff representative, Salina, is knowledgable of the venue, but I wouldn't refer to her as a wedding coordinator. She is a representative from the National Park Service. My vendors really liked her because she had all the answers they needed, and could tell them exactly how they needed to do things. From my perspective, she was rigid and was unwilling to help me out as an out of town bride. But again, my vendors loved her, and she got the job done, and on the day of the wedding, everything went off perfectly.

But honestly, it was the PERFECT venue for my husband and I, and even with all of the rules and difficulties, I would pick the venue again, and again, and again.

Another word of advice: DO THE HOUSE TOURS DURING COCKTAIL HOUR. Our guests LOVED it. It would be sad to get all the way out there and not be able to see inside the house. Made for an awesome Cocktail Hour
Could not have asked for a more perfect venue. Over half of our guest list was coming from outside California, and the Read more...
Could not have asked for a more perfect venue. Over half of our guest list was coming from outside California, and the venue alone made their trip worth while. Absolutely beautiful.

Dealing with a California State Park/Historic Site is a little difficult. Obviously their work is worth while, the grounds and house are amazing. They have lots of rules, i.e.: no stakes in the ground, light colored florals in certain areas, limited open flames, no food or beverage in certain areas, must remove all grey water from the site, and most recently, they apparently no longer allow those all wooden farm guest tables in the backyard/main reception area. They also have limited power, but even with a high end sound system from our DJ, we were fine. They have very nice air conditioned portable restrooms. Guests had no problem with them. They also are very strict on time, and even with a full staff for breakdown they don't leave you enough time for load-out. All parking is offsite, and you must pay for spaces at a lot nearby and a shuttle service (total for us was around $3,750.00).

Their staff representative, Salina, is knowledgable of the venue, but I wouldn't refer to her as a wedding coordinator. She is a representative from the National Park Service. My vendors really liked her because she had all the answers they needed, and could tell them exactly how they needed to do things. From my perspective, she was rigid and was unwilling to help me out as an out of town bride. But again, my vendors loved her, and she got the job done, and on the day of the wedding, everything went off perfectly.

But honestly, it was the PERFECT venue for my husband and I, and even with all of the rules and difficulties, I would pick the venue again, and again, and again.

Another word of advice: DO THE HOUSE TOURS DURING COCKTAIL HOUR. Our guests LOVED it. It would be sad to get all the way out there and not be able to see inside the house. Made for an awesome Cocktail Hour Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
The most magical place you could ever imagine for your wedding. The best part is you bring everything so it is totally personalized!
The most magical place you could ever imagine for your wedding. The best part is you bring everything so it is totally Read more...
The most magical place you could ever imagine for your wedding. The best part is you bring everything so it is totally personalized! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/3/2010
3.1/5.0
Do: Expect an absolutely brilliant venue which will provide an incredible ambience and atmosphere

Do Not: Expect any flexibility and responsiveness from the staff, as this is a California State Park and there is only 1 person in charge of coordinating everything.

Plan on doing some heavy lifting and you will not be disappointed with this place
Do: Expect an absolutely brilliant venue which will provide an incredible ambience and atmosphere

Do Not: Expect Read more...
Do: Expect an absolutely brilliant venue which will provide an incredible ambience and atmosphere

Do Not: Expect any flexibility and responsiveness from the staff, as this is a California State Park and there is only 1 person in charge of coordinating everything.

Plan on doing some heavy lifting and you will not be disappointed with this place Read less
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Kamala
Wedding:
6/13/2010
5.0/5.0
This is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding! There are great ocean views and a variety of places on the property to have the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner/dancing. Being that this is a California State Park, there are some limitations to what can be done on the property. Everything must be brought in (chairs, tables, dance floor, catering). There is also only street parking or first-come-first-serve public lots along the PCH. We chose to rent a parking lot nearby and hired a shuttle to being guests over. The bathrooms are also fancy port-a-potties, except for in the bridal dressing room. The staff at Adamson House was great and very helpful. There will be more logistical challenges than in an indoor banquet facility, but you can't beat the beauty of the Malibu shoreline, gorgeous Spanish colonial home and lovely gardens!
This is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding! There are great ocean views and a variety of places on the property Read more...
This is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding! There are great ocean views and a variety of places on the property to have the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner/dancing. Being that this is a California State Park, there are some limitations to what can be done on the property. Everything must be brought in (chairs, tables, dance floor, catering). There is also only street parking or first-come-first-serve public lots along the PCH. We chose to rent a parking lot nearby and hired a shuttle to being guests over. The bathrooms are also fancy port-a-potties, except for in the bridal dressing room. The staff at Adamson House was great and very helpful. There will be more logistical challenges than in an indoor banquet facility, but you can't beat the beauty of the Malibu shoreline, gorgeous Spanish colonial home and lovely gardens! Read less
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Ian
Wedding:
11/12/2008
5.0/5.0
We shot at the Adamson House this last year and would like to vouch for it's amazing location. Such a beautiful location right along the Malibu beach, the quality of light is just outstanding. Especially good is the actual ceremony location- if you time it right, you get a gorgeous sunset streaming in through the tree behind.

See some of our photos here:
http://www.iangrantphotography.com/photography/wedding-photography-gallery/adamson-house-wedding.html
We shot at the Adamson House this last year and would like to vouch for it's amazing location. Such a beautiful location Read more...
We shot at the Adamson House this last year and would like to vouch for it's amazing location. Such a beautiful location right along the Malibu beach, the quality of light is just outstanding. Especially good is the actual ceremony location- if you time it right, you get a gorgeous sunset streaming in through the tree behind.

See some of our photos here:
http://www.iangrantphotography.com/photography/wedding-photography-gallery/adamson-house-wedding.html Read less
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beachloverca
Wedding:
7/13/2008
3.8/5.0
The Adamson House is a gorgeous Malibu state-owned property right next to the beach. The gardens, lawns, courtyards, and house are exceptionally clean and well-maintained. There are so many beautiful photo shots here, we didn't need to go anywhere else. Given that the property is managed by the state, I thought the service and responsiveness was quite good. Mo is the person to contact and he is very knowledge and responsive. The rangers working at my wedding were very professional and did a great job of making sure all the vendors were following the rules while staying discreet. However, reserving a public property, also had its inconveniences. We had to purchase wedding insurance and follow a long list of guidelines around what we could and couldn't do for the wedding. Also, the Adamson House only provides the site, not including catering, beverages, party rentals, guest parking, decorations. So it was extra work selecting and managing all of these additional vendors. But, if you really want to customize your wedding down to the little details, being able to use different vendors provides you with more options to do so.

Overall, the Adamson House was the perfect location for us. It is so beautiful that it's worth the hassle of working with the government. It is very popular, especially on Saturdays, so try your best to make reservations at least a year in advance to get the more popular dates.
The Adamson House is a gorgeous Malibu state-owned property right next to the beach. The gardens, lawns, courtyards, and Read more...
The Adamson House is a gorgeous Malibu state-owned property right next to the beach. The gardens, lawns, courtyards, and house are exceptionally clean and well-maintained. There are so many beautiful photo shots here, we didn't need to go anywhere else. Given that the property is managed by the state, I thought the service and responsiveness was quite good. Mo is the person to contact and he is very knowledge and responsive. The rangers working at my wedding were very professional and did a great job of making sure all the vendors were following the rules while staying discreet. However, reserving a public property, also had its inconveniences. We had to purchase wedding insurance and follow a long list of guidelines around what we could and couldn't do for the wedding. Also, the Adamson House only provides the site, not including catering, beverages, party rentals, guest parking, decorations. So it was extra work selecting and managing all of these additional vendors. But, if you really want to customize your wedding down to the little details, being able to use different vendors provides you with more options to do so.

Overall, the Adamson House was the perfect location for us. It is so beautiful that it's worth the hassle of working with the government. It is very popular, especially on Saturdays, so try your best to make reservations at least a year in advance to get the more popular dates. Read less
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OceanPark
Wedding:
9/29/2007
3.2/5.0
I am so deeply grateful that we had our wedding at the Adamson House. The venue is gorgeous, historic, and very classic California - we were proud to share such a beautiful space with our out-of-town guests especially. .

The park rangers were lovely to work with. A lot of people seem to be scared off by the number of rules and regulations that come with booking the Adamson House (it's a state park), but as long as you can handle the early closing times the rest is actually quite easy to manage provided you work with caterers/rental companies who have experience with the venue. It's not the same pampered experience you might have if you're working with a fancy hotel (this is the state government by the way), but you can count on a prompt response to your calls. I think there used to be someone working for the parks dept. who wasn't very friendly, but in the past few years everyone I worked with was just great. Also, although the venue is expensive it's nice that the money goes to the state parks system!

Mostly, I would just want to convey how extraordinary it is to be able to spend an afternoon or evening on that gorgeous piece of Malibu coastline. There was a full moon over the water the night of our wedding, and just as we were giving our toasts a fireworks show started up somewhere down the coast, over the lights of the pier. Absolute magic!
I am so deeply grateful that we had our wedding at the Adamson House. The venue is gorgeous, historic, and very classic Read more...
I am so deeply grateful that we had our wedding at the Adamson House. The venue is gorgeous, historic, and very classic California - we were proud to share such a beautiful space with our out-of-town guests especially. .

The park rangers were lovely to work with. A lot of people seem to be scared off by the number of rules and regulations that come with booking the Adamson House (it's a state park), but as long as you can handle the early closing times the rest is actually quite easy to manage provided you work with caterers/rental companies who have experience with the venue. It's not the same pampered experience you might have if you're working with a fancy hotel (this is the state government by the way), but you can count on a prompt response to your calls. I think there used to be someone working for the parks dept. who wasn't very friendly, but in the past few years everyone I worked with was just great. Also, although the venue is expensive it's nice that the money goes to the state parks system!

Mostly, I would just want to convey how extraordinary it is to be able to spend an afternoon or evening on that gorgeous piece of Malibu coastline. There was a full moon over the water the night of our wedding, and just as we were giving our toasts a fireworks show started up somewhere down the coast, over the lights of the pier. Absolute magic! Read less
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RMinazadeh
Wedding:
8/31/2007
4.3/5.0
This is the most beautiful place to have your wedding. It has a 180 degree view of the ocean and is absolutely gorgeous. The house is amazing on the inside and out. There are such green plants and lush trees this is the perfecttt place. Yoiu gotta see this one before making a final choice!
This is the most beautiful place to have your wedding. It has a 180 degree view of the ocean and is absolutely gorgeous. Read more...
This is the most beautiful place to have your wedding. It has a 180 degree view of the ocean and is absolutely gorgeous. The house is amazing on the inside and out. There are such green plants and lush trees this is the perfecttt place. Yoiu gotta see this one before making a final choice! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.0/5.0
#1. Misplaced Deposit: The cashier's ck that they require for the initial venue deposit was lost. I live in Northern California so mailing this deposit in was a bit nerve-wrecking but when I heard from the coordinator that they never received the ck made me very upset. Luckily, I had it certified mail and I confirmed that it was signed by the coordinator. After a few phone calls and immediate request to handle this matter, the coordinator at the time was able to track down the deposit. A "miscommunication" with their accounting dept.

#2. Lack of Communication: It was very difficult to have a steady string of communication leading up to the wedding date. The phone calls are rarely returned which would be followed up by an email, I usually sent 2 follow up emails before a response is guaranteed. Usually, the responses are short answers either yes or no and does not really help me get a better picture of what I need to know. Even when they know that people are working on weekdays, they don't care to accomodate those restrains and made us come on friday's. Due to this, I actually had to take off alot of time from my work because I lived in northern california.

#3. Coordinator: I don't know any bride that will be comfortable with communicating with a coordinator that looks like she is in high school. During my planning period, the venue had 2 different coordinators and the new coordinator was not responsive to any of my requests. She only worked on Tues,Thurs and Frid from 10-3 and if you had questions in between, you were bound to wait on her. Basically, you were on their schedule the entire time.

One time, the coordinator made a mistake and told us that she couldn't let us come to an appt that we scheduled a month ago because she had cross booked with another wedding. I mean that's too bad because that's her mistake and we had already booked our flight to come down to meet with her for the wedding.
#1. Misplaced Deposit: The cashier's ck that they require for the initial venue deposit was lost. I live in Northern Read more...
#1. Misplaced Deposit: The cashier's ck that they require for the initial venue deposit was lost. I live in Northern California so mailing this deposit in was a bit nerve-wrecking but when I heard from the coordinator that they never received the ck made me very upset. Luckily, I had it certified mail and I confirmed that it was signed by the coordinator. After a few phone calls and immediate request to handle this matter, the coordinator at the time was able to track down the deposit. A "miscommunication" with their accounting dept.

#2. Lack of Communication: It was very difficult to have a steady string of communication leading up to the wedding date. The phone calls are rarely returned which would be followed up by an email, I usually sent 2 follow up emails before a response is guaranteed. Usually, the responses are short answers either yes or no and does not really help me get a better picture of what I need to know. Even when they know that people are working on weekdays, they don't care to accomodate those restrains and made us come on friday's. Due to this, I actually had to take off alot of time from my work because I lived in northern california.

#3. Coordinator: I don't know any bride that will be comfortable with communicating with a coordinator that looks like she is in high school. During my planning period, the venue had 2 different coordinators and the new coordinator was not responsive to any of my requests. She only worked on Tues,Thurs and Frid from 10-3 and if you had questions in between, you were bound to wait on her. Basically, you were on their schedule the entire time.

One time, the coordinator made a mistake and told us that she couldn't let us come to an appt that we scheduled a month ago because she had cross booked with another wedding. I mean that's too bad because that's her mistake and we had already booked our flight to come down to meet with her for the wedding. Read less
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