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Casa Romantica

San Clemente , CA

LOCATION

415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA US 92672 (map)
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1928
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Vintage, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
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?
6000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
100
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.7/5.0
Spectacular venue....ceremony on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, spanish style open courtyard reception area, charming architecture, and style. Our wedding was for apprx 100 people and I think that was the perfect size for this venue.
Spectacular venue....ceremony on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, spanish style open courtyard reception area, Read more...
Spectacular venue....ceremony on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, spanish style open courtyard reception area, charming architecture, and style. Our wedding was for apprx 100 people and I think that was the perfect size for this venue. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
7/5/2014
3.8/5.0
Casa Romantica certainly isn't cheap, but it's easy to see why it's in such high demand. I reserved this for a Saturday in July about a year in advance!

The views and the architecture are simply unparalleled--our guests couldn't stop raving about it, especially those not from the area. We decided last minute to do the cake cutting and the first dances outside on the terrace at sunset--unbelievably gorgeous! The photos from our family and friends are beautiful, and I can't even image what the professional ones will look like once we get those.

Yes, they're not the most responsive team in the world, but if you work with a coordinator (you're required to have one, at least a day-of), they can deal with that frustration for you. I didn't have any major issues, however.

One thing to note for future brides: our head table was a long rectangle along the side of the courtyard, with our backs to the butterfly garden, facing the inside of the courtyard. At the beginning of dinner, the sun was right in our faces and it was unbearable. The caterer was able to get a couple of umbrellas for shade, but you might want to have those ready!
Casa Romantica certainly isn't cheap, but it's easy to see why it's in such high demand. I reserved this for a Saturday in Read more...
Casa Romantica certainly isn't cheap, but it's easy to see why it's in such high demand. I reserved this for a Saturday in July about a year in advance!

The views and the architecture are simply unparalleled--our guests couldn't stop raving about it, especially those not from the area. We decided last minute to do the cake cutting and the first dances outside on the terrace at sunset--unbelievably gorgeous! The photos from our family and friends are beautiful, and I can't even image what the professional ones will look like once we get those.

Yes, they're not the most responsive team in the world, but if you work with a coordinator (you're required to have one, at least a day-of), they can deal with that frustration for you. I didn't have any major issues, however.

One thing to note for future brides: our head table was a long rectangle along the side of the courtyard, with our backs to the butterfly garden, facing the inside of the courtyard. At the beginning of dinner, the sun was right in our faces and it was unbearable. The caterer was able to get a couple of umbrellas for shade, but you might want to have those ready! Read less
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Grace
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
This venue was absolutely beautiful. The staff were all so very friendly and helpful. It made our big day super special!!
This venue was absolutely beautiful. The staff were all so very friendly and helpful. It made our big day super special!!
This venue was absolutely beautiful. The staff were all so very friendly and helpful. It made our big day super special!! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
7/14/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married at Casa Romantica in July 2013. While the cost of the venue was a little higher than we expected, it was worth every single penny. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout our planning process and the site is absolutely GORGEOUS. Our photographer and videographer fell in love with the place immediately. In addition to the beautiful location, I love that our money went towards a non-profit that is an important historical landmark in the local community. Our guests were absolutely blown away with how beautiful everything was there. You don't need a lot of decorations here because the place is stunning on it's own. I am so happy that we were married here.
My husband and I were married at Casa Romantica in July 2013. While the cost of the venue was a little higher than we Read more...
My husband and I were married at Casa Romantica in July 2013. While the cost of the venue was a little higher than we expected, it was worth every single penny. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout our planning process and the site is absolutely GORGEOUS. Our photographer and videographer fell in love with the place immediately. In addition to the beautiful location, I love that our money went towards a non-profit that is an important historical landmark in the local community. Our guests were absolutely blown away with how beautiful everything was there. You don't need a lot of decorations here because the place is stunning on it's own. I am so happy that we were married here. Read less
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Arin
Wedding:
10/5/2012
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful venue! Breathtaking views and grounds! We were married overlooking the ocean and afterwards we were blessed with the most amazing sunset I have ever seen - it made for absolutely beautiful pictures! I had the most beautiful wedding day & could not have found a more beautiful place to have it!
Arin & Billy Meade
What a beautiful venue! Breathtaking views and grounds! We were married overlooking the ocean and afterwards we were Read more...
What a beautiful venue! Breathtaking views and grounds! We were married overlooking the ocean and afterwards we were blessed with the most amazing sunset I have ever seen - it made for absolutely beautiful pictures! I had the most beautiful wedding day & could not have found a more beautiful place to have it!
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Amy
Wedding:
8/5/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I loved having our wedding at Casa Romantica. The venue is really so beautiful and it is nice for guests to have so many different areas to explore, between the different gardens, the terrace overlooking the ocean and pier, the cozy room with the fireplace and ottomans, the bridal suite, the "man cave" downstairs, the outside courtyard in the middle of the Casa, and the main Salon with the beautiful chandelier. The gorgeous ocean backdrop, colorful gardens, and Spanish influence of the venue really make for wonderful photos.

Brianne, the coordinator, was great to work with. The venue does require you to use their preferred vendors but we were very pleased with the ones we used. Since the cost of renting the venue really only includes use of the home and grounds, you do have to bring in all of the other vendors but we felt the beauty of the venue was worth the price. It was exactly what we were looking for. They also only hold one wedding per day, which was important to us.
My husband and I loved having our wedding at Casa Romantica. The venue is really so beautiful and it is nice for guests to Read more...
My husband and I loved having our wedding at Casa Romantica. The venue is really so beautiful and it is nice for guests to have so many different areas to explore, between the different gardens, the terrace overlooking the ocean and pier, the cozy room with the fireplace and ottomans, the bridal suite, the "man cave" downstairs, the outside courtyard in the middle of the Casa, and the main Salon with the beautiful chandelier. The gorgeous ocean backdrop, colorful gardens, and Spanish influence of the venue really make for wonderful photos.

Brianne, the coordinator, was great to work with. The venue does require you to use their preferred vendors but we were very pleased with the ones we used. Since the cost of renting the venue really only includes use of the home and grounds, you do have to bring in all of the other vendors but we felt the beauty of the venue was worth the price. It was exactly what we were looking for. They also only hold one wedding per day, which was important to us. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.6/5.0
Casa Romantica is such a beautiful place for a wedding!!! We got compliment after compliment about the breathtaking views! I was very happy with our decision, and Brianne was wonderful in helping us prepare for our big day! The ONLY downside to Casa Romantica is the price...the site fees are a bit expensive, considering that the fee does not include any rentals. Overall, we were more than happy to pay it, it was just a bit pricey. This venue is very special and intimate. We loved it!
Casa Romantica is such a beautiful place for a wedding!!! We got compliment after compliment about the breathtaking views! Read more...
Casa Romantica is such a beautiful place for a wedding!!! We got compliment after compliment about the breathtaking views! I was very happy with our decision, and Brianne was wonderful in helping us prepare for our big day! The ONLY downside to Casa Romantica is the price...the site fees are a bit expensive, considering that the fee does not include any rentals. Overall, we were more than happy to pay it, it was just a bit pricey. This venue is very special and intimate. We loved it! Read less
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Coleman
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We had the most perfect day thanks to this location. The water in the background of every picture, the amazing architecture, the capacity and accommodations were all amazing! For the amount of time and money you will put into a wedding, this location will elevate the quality 10 fold!
We had the most perfect day thanks to this location. The water in the background of every picture, the amazing Read more...
We had the most perfect day thanks to this location. The water in the background of every picture, the amazing architecture, the capacity and accommodations were all amazing! For the amount of time and money you will put into a wedding, this location will elevate the quality 10 fold! Read less
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Wedding:
1/14/2012
4.9/5.0
This was the venue of our DREAMS!!! I am still giddy and smiling from ear to ear thinking of our wedding at the Casa and everything that went so right! The lush gardens are beyond amazing, the views are breathtaking, and the staff was a pleasure to work with. Cathy (one of Casa's managers who stayed during our entire wedding to keep things running smoothly at the venue) was an unexpected surprise but, boy, was I happy to have her there as she kept me calm, helped with my confusing bustle (she had safety pins, tape, and great tidbits of advice at the ready!) and really just made the night even more special. Casa Romantica was the perfect place for our big day-- and I feel I need to thank them just a little bit for the amazing, electric sunset, glorious photo opportunities, and the gray whale that swam on by during our ceremony. Magical!
This was the venue of our DREAMS!!! I am still giddy and smiling from ear to ear thinking of our wedding at the Casa and Read more...
This was the venue of our DREAMS!!! I am still giddy and smiling from ear to ear thinking of our wedding at the Casa and everything that went so right! The lush gardens are beyond amazing, the views are breathtaking, and the staff was a pleasure to work with. Cathy (one of Casa's managers who stayed during our entire wedding to keep things running smoothly at the venue) was an unexpected surprise but, boy, was I happy to have her there as she kept me calm, helped with my confusing bustle (she had safety pins, tape, and great tidbits of advice at the ready!) and really just made the night even more special. Casa Romantica was the perfect place for our big day-- and I feel I need to thank them just a little bit for the amazing, electric sunset, glorious photo opportunities, and the gray whale that swam on by during our ceremony. Magical! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.7/5.0
This venue is stunning! The value is great, the view is gorgeous and the staff is wonderful to work with. There are some limitations on what you can do there, but it's a historic site so it makes sense. There's a limited list of caterers that you have to choose from, which was fine because we loved the caterer that we chose! It's also open to the public during the day so my husband and I plan on visiting each anniversary.
This venue is stunning! The value is great, the view is gorgeous and the staff is wonderful to work with. There are some Read more...
This venue is stunning! The value is great, the view is gorgeous and the staff is wonderful to work with. There are some limitations on what you can do there, but it's a historic site so it makes sense. There's a limited list of caterers that you have to choose from, which was fine because we loved the caterer that we chose! It's also open to the public during the day so my husband and I plan on visiting each anniversary. Read less
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Clarissa
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I did not run into any problems at Casa Romantica. The site is breath taking, the onsite manager very friendly, and I was happy with their preferred vendor list. They even gave us a gift bag on the day of our wedding with two wine glasses and a Casa Romantica book. I advise to book a year in advance, and to choose a day of coordinator that is familiar with Casa. Also, everyone has to be out by 10pm because of the noise ordinance, but I threw on a second dress and hit the town with my husband and guests :D
I did not run into any problems at Casa Romantica. The site is breath taking, the onsite manager very friendly, and I was Read more...
I did not run into any problems at Casa Romantica. The site is breath taking, the onsite manager very friendly, and I was happy with their preferred vendor list. They even gave us a gift bag on the day of our wedding with two wine glasses and a Casa Romantica book. I advise to book a year in advance, and to choose a day of coordinator that is familiar with Casa. Also, everyone has to be out by 10pm because of the noise ordinance, but I threw on a second dress and hit the town with my husband and guests :D Read less
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Charissa
Wedding:
4/22/2011
3.5/5.0
I hate writing a review for them that is only 3.5/5 but the reality of working with Casa Romantica's staff was this frustrating. The venue itself is unbelievably beautiful! If you are having out of town guests, or love the ocean this site is phenomenal. The fee only is for the site, so this can get overwhelming. They have a list of vendors you have to choose from, and lots of rules they bombard you with. The best choice I made regarding this venue was to use Iva Lee's for catering and Lisa Wagoner knows the site, the rules, and truly Casa Romantica is lucky she caters for them! She answered more questions about the site for me then the for different people that contacted me from the site. I think the site coordinator changed about three times. I had to repeat details because they did not communicate with each other (which gets annoying because they are simply monitoring your planning since nothing is included with them but the access to the space). They were very good though at getting money on time, but the person who collects you site fees does not help with your coordination.
I hate writing a review for them that is only 3.5/5 but the reality of working with Casa Romantica's staff was this Read more...
I hate writing a review for them that is only 3.5/5 but the reality of working with Casa Romantica's staff was this frustrating. The venue itself is unbelievably beautiful! If you are having out of town guests, or love the ocean this site is phenomenal. The fee only is for the site, so this can get overwhelming. They have a list of vendors you have to choose from, and lots of rules they bombard you with. The best choice I made regarding this venue was to use Iva Lee's for catering and Lisa Wagoner knows the site, the rules, and truly Casa Romantica is lucky she caters for them! She answered more questions about the site for me then the for different people that contacted me from the site. I think the site coordinator changed about three times. I had to repeat details because they did not communicate with each other (which gets annoying because they are simply monitoring your planning since nothing is included with them but the access to the space). They were very good though at getting money on time, but the person who collects you site fees does not help with your coordination. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
4/18/2010
1.6/5.0
The Place is gorgeous! I would have rated it better if they had come thru without a fight to get what they promised! I agree upon a contract and the woman who sold it to me got fired and was replace by two more people by time I got married. Neither one called me back and twice missed scheduled appts. They took away the bride room and almost wouldnt let me get ready there as promised. After many many conversations with my wedding consultant, I eventually got what I paid for... beautiful and amazing! However service was terrible.

fyi..they do not provide any vendors or rentals I knew this going in, you need a consultant to get it done without stress in my opinion.
The Place is gorgeous! I would have rated it better if they had come thru without a fight to get what they promised! I Read more...
The Place is gorgeous! I would have rated it better if they had come thru without a fight to get what they promised! I agree upon a contract and the woman who sold it to me got fired and was replace by two more people by time I got married. Neither one called me back and twice missed scheduled appts. They took away the bride room and almost wouldnt let me get ready there as promised. After many many conversations with my wedding consultant, I eventually got what I paid for... beautiful and amazing! However service was terrible.

fyi..they do not provide any vendors or rentals I knew this going in, you need a consultant to get it done without stress in my opinion. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
My husband and I celebrated our wedding reception here recently (9/3/10) and we could not have picked a more gorgeous place!! Casa Romantica sits upon a bluff that overlooks the Pacific ocean and the San Clemente pier. It is so close to the beach that you can hear the ocean waves crash upon the shore. What we loved about having our wedding reception here was that it is private. No other parties or events going on near us during our special day, meaning no party crashers! It was just us and our guests. We loved the Spanish style architecture and the fact that the house offers two fireplaces (one indoor and the other outdoor) and two fountains (one large one in the parking lot and the second one in the back of the house). We loved how it is so spacious; plenty of places for your guests to walk around and explore. For example, guests can explore the butterfly garden, the inside of the house, the gardens surrounding the house and exhibit rooms. Another great feature of this location is that it has an outdoor amphitheater. This proved to be quite useful for our event, as we had Polynesian dancers perform there for our guests during the cocktail hour. We absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Casa Romantica! We received many compliments from our guests on how beautiful and breathtaking this place was.

As for the cons there are a couple, but this should not hinder people from booking this place for their wedding/reception location. First, when you book Casa Romantica, that is all you get; as they do not provide catering, tables, chairs, linens, valet service, etc. Thus, you have to go through outside vendors for practically everything, which can easily cost lots of $$$$. Casa Romantica, does have a list of preferred vendors from which to choose, so this helps in selecting qualified vendors that you can fit around your budget. Second, they now have a new policy that in order to book the place, you must have already hired your own certified wedding planner (which is a good thing). We already had a wedding planner so it was no big deal. Last, because of the Orange County noise ordinance, events must end by 10:00 PM.

Couples if you are interested, I highly suggest you take a tour of the place and inquire on available dates, as dates quickly fill up. Also, if you are looking to save some money, look into having your event on a weekday or a Friday. We had our event on a Friday and we saved lots of $$$. :)

--BTW: When I first booked our reception venue back in July of 2009, we were dealing with another lady, whose name escapes me at the moment. She was horrible and never returned calls. However, this lady is no longer working there anymore (thank GOD!) and they have someone else, named Noreen and she is WONDERFUL! :)
My husband and I celebrated our wedding reception here recently (9/3/10) and we could not have picked a more gorgeous Read more...
My husband and I celebrated our wedding reception here recently (9/3/10) and we could not have picked a more gorgeous place!! Casa Romantica sits upon a bluff that overlooks the Pacific ocean and the San Clemente pier. It is so close to the beach that you can hear the ocean waves crash upon the shore. What we loved about having our wedding reception here was that it is private. No other parties or events going on near us during our special day, meaning no party crashers! It was just us and our guests. We loved the Spanish style architecture and the fact that the house offers two fireplaces (one indoor and the other outdoor) and two fountains (one large one in the parking lot and the second one in the back of the house). We loved how it is so spacious; plenty of places for your guests to walk around and explore. For example, guests can explore the butterfly garden, the inside of the house, the gardens surrounding the house and exhibit rooms. Another great feature of this location is that it has an outdoor amphitheater. This proved to be quite useful for our event, as we had Polynesian dancers perform there for our guests during the cocktail hour. We absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Casa Romantica! We received many compliments from our guests on how beautiful and breathtaking this place was.

As for the cons there are a couple, but this should not hinder people from booking this place for their wedding/reception location. First, when you book Casa Romantica, that is all you get; as they do not provide catering, tables, chairs, linens, valet service, etc. Thus, you have to go through outside vendors for practically everything, which can easily cost lots of $$$$. Casa Romantica, does have a list of preferred vendors from which to choose, so this helps in selecting qualified vendors that you can fit around your budget. Second, they now have a new policy that in order to book the place, you must have already hired your own certified wedding planner (which is a good thing). We already had a wedding planner so it was no big deal. Last, because of the Orange County noise ordinance, events must end by 10:00 PM.

Couples if you are interested, I highly suggest you take a tour of the place and inquire on available dates, as dates quickly fill up. Also, if you are looking to save some money, look into having your event on a weekday or a Friday. We had our event on a Friday and we saved lots of $$$. :)

--BTW: When I first booked our reception venue back in July of 2009, we were dealing with another lady, whose name escapes me at the moment. She was horrible and never returned calls. However, this lady is no longer working there anymore (thank GOD!) and they have someone else, named Noreen and she is WONDERFUL! :) Read less
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