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Franciscan Gardens

San Juan Capistrano , CA
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LOCATION

31815 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 US (map)

PHONE

949-248-1586

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Franciscan Gardens is one of Orange County California's premier event venues located in beautiful historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, home of the famous Capistrano swallows. Our... Read more
Franciscan Gardens is one of Orange County California's premier event venues located in beautiful historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, home of the famous Capistrano swallows. Our gorgeous venue is nestled in a scenic location with charming surroundings and is just steps away from the Mission San Juan Capistrano. With its elegant style, Franciscan Gardens is the perfect place to dine and dance under the stars while you celebrate with up to 200 of your family and friends.

24 Carrots, Orange County’s top-rated caterer, is proud to be the exclusive caterer at Franciscan Gardens. An extensive menu selection has been specifically-designed for events held at this exclusive venue and special pricing has been extended. The menu contains many options from full-service plated dinners, to heavy hors d'oeuvre station-style meals, as well as buffet options. We also love to customize menus and are open to any suggestions or requests you may have – the sky’s the limit!

Outside vendors for your wedding coordinator, floral, photography, cake and music are very welcome at our venue. It is solely the food, beverage and catering rentals that must go through 24 Carrots Catering.

Also, included in your venue rental fee is a comprehensive set of items that are complimentary for your use on your wedding day -- we provide elegant top-of-the line honey oak Chivari chairs and 60-inch round tables for up to 200 guests, a cake table, guest book and gift tables, wrought-iron archways that can be used for your ceremony and/or incorporated into your reception décor, and much more.

You can reach us at events@franciscangardens.com or 949-248-1586 for more information. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Farm, Historic, Loft
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Aisle Runners, Altar/Arches, Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I fell in love with Franciscan Gardens on our first visit. It was everything we were looking for in a venue: outdoor, private, and beautiful!! In addition to the gorgeous space, the catering company 24 Carrots owns the venue and has a kitchen onsite with the amazing food. The menu options are extensive and fully customizable which we loved. The bridal and grooms suites on site are also The professionalism of the staff was also excellent from the timelines of the setup to the attentiveness throughout the evening. My husband and I always had our glasses full and they were constantly checking up on us to see if we needed anything. We had 160 guests attend and people were constantly telling us how beautiful and intimate the space was, I couldn't imagine a better venue for our wedding!!
My husband and I fell in love with Franciscan Gardens on our first visit. It was everything we were looking for in a Read more...
My husband and I fell in love with Franciscan Gardens on our first visit. It was everything we were looking for in a venue: outdoor, private, and beautiful!! In addition to the gorgeous space, the catering company 24 Carrots owns the venue and has a kitchen onsite with the amazing food. The menu options are extensive and fully customizable which we loved. The bridal and grooms suites on site are also The professionalism of the staff was also excellent from the timelines of the setup to the attentiveness throughout the evening. My husband and I always had our glasses full and they were constantly checking up on us to see if we needed anything. We had 160 guests attend and people were constantly telling us how beautiful and intimate the space was, I couldn't imagine a better venue for our wedding!! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
6/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was the BEST place to get married!! It was the only venue we toured because it has everything you could ever need! The venue was beautiful on our big day with greenery everywhere and a beautiful courtyard to house our about 100 guests for the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The bridal suite and groom's lounge upstairs were perfect and spacious for getting ready and holding all of our things during the ceremony and reception. Melissa and Haley were absolutely amazing throughout the year of prep and planning! They were always so easy to get ahold of and quick to respond with any and all questions and changes that I had. The details meeting two months prior helped to make sure everything was going to go smoothly. 24 Carrots, the catering service associated with the venue, has the most delicious food I've ever tasted!! It was the best! All our guests kept coming up to us raving about the appetizers, food, and s'mores station! We were so happy with our big day here and know you will be too!
Franciscan Gardens was the BEST place to get married!! It was the only venue we toured because it has everything you could Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was the BEST place to get married!! It was the only venue we toured because it has everything you could ever need! The venue was beautiful on our big day with greenery everywhere and a beautiful courtyard to house our about 100 guests for the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The bridal suite and groom's lounge upstairs were perfect and spacious for getting ready and holding all of our things during the ceremony and reception. Melissa and Haley were absolutely amazing throughout the year of prep and planning! They were always so easy to get ahold of and quick to respond with any and all questions and changes that I had. The details meeting two months prior helped to make sure everything was going to go smoothly. 24 Carrots, the catering service associated with the venue, has the most delicious food I've ever tasted!! It was the best! All our guests kept coming up to us raving about the appetizers, food, and s'mores station! We were so happy with our big day here and know you will be too! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was everything we wanted in a wedding venue and MORE!! First, the venue itself is GORGEOUS! When our guests were dancing under the Italian lights and stars it felt magical! The tall green shrubberies (which made for AMAZING wedding pics) made it feel like you were in wine country but you’re right in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The bridal and groom suite were also a huge selling point for us because it eliminated having to get ready somewhere else and then transport the entire wedding party to the venue. The bridal suite had ample room for my 5 bridesmaids, my mom, hair and makeup team, and myself. Second, throughout the wedding planning process Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots were true professionals and a joy to work with. Hayley and Melissa were WONDERFUL and always so quick to respond to any of our questions. We found the fact that Franciscan Gardens works exclusively with 24 Carrots to be a HUGE convenience from a planning perspective. 24 Carrots really roles out the red carpet with their menu tasting. Their tasting room is so cute and elegant! It made our menu tasting a fun and memorable experience. Finally, on the day of the wedding the entire staff went above and beyond to ensure our day went off without a hitch! The food was delicious!! This is not your average wedding food! We served the chicken picatta and the hangar steak-both were phenomenal. The entire wait staff and bartenders were so attentive, accommodating, and friendly to all our guests. We are so happy we chose Franciscan Gardens for our special day and 24 Carrots was the icing on the cake!
Franciscan Gardens was everything we wanted in a wedding venue and MORE!! First, the venue itself is GORGEOUS! When our Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was everything we wanted in a wedding venue and MORE!! First, the venue itself is GORGEOUS! When our guests were dancing under the Italian lights and stars it felt magical! The tall green shrubberies (which made for AMAZING wedding pics) made it feel like you were in wine country but you’re right in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The bridal and groom suite were also a huge selling point for us because it eliminated having to get ready somewhere else and then transport the entire wedding party to the venue. The bridal suite had ample room for my 5 bridesmaids, my mom, hair and makeup team, and myself. Second, throughout the wedding planning process Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots were true professionals and a joy to work with. Hayley and Melissa were WONDERFUL and always so quick to respond to any of our questions. We found the fact that Franciscan Gardens works exclusively with 24 Carrots to be a HUGE convenience from a planning perspective. 24 Carrots really roles out the red carpet with their menu tasting. Their tasting room is so cute and elegant! It made our menu tasting a fun and memorable experience. Finally, on the day of the wedding the entire staff went above and beyond to ensure our day went off without a hitch! The food was delicious!! This is not your average wedding food! We served the chicken picatta and the hangar steak-both were phenomenal. The entire wait staff and bartenders were so attentive, accommodating, and friendly to all our guests. We are so happy we chose Franciscan Gardens for our special day and 24 Carrots was the icing on the cake! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
3/26/2016
4.8/5.0
I had booked Franciscan Gardens over a year before my wedding. I knew it would be gorgeous but blown away on the day of. Since there's so much greenery surrounding, you can really do as much or as little as you want with the venue space.

First off, delicious food! We didn't want a hotel or golf club type food so having 24 Carrots as the owner/caterer was fantastic. Everyone loved our appetizers and there was plenty of food. I high recommend the slider, how do you go wrong with brie, honey, and caramelized pears?! The brisket in our buffet got a lot of compliments, fall apart tender. Also included was a very nice tasting with tons of food to take home at their corporate office.

Service: Fantastic! I dealt mainly with Melissa leading up via primarily email. She was VERY responsive to my many questions. She also worked with me on my budget as we hashed out our contract. We were able to also keep some costs in check by having only certain liquors on our consumption bar (which is not bad priced per drink at all). Day of Haley assisted and she was so nice and handled everything nicely. I even threw her a day of curve ball as a hey, maybe if you can swing it and she handled it like a PRO and it was done.

Luckily there was no rain and it was PERFECT. All my guests walked in a said it was perfect/gorgeous. Being 1 space if you like, the flip from ceremony to reception happened very quickly and they have their system down pat. They do require a day of coordinator and I can see why, not sure how you can manage all your other vendors and have that liaison during your big day! I would recommend this venue for a bride looking for a great location with a quaint (downtown San Juan Cap) feel surrounding and feeling like you're being married in a lush garden.
I had booked Franciscan Gardens over a year before my wedding. I knew it would be gorgeous but blown away on the day of. Read more...
I had booked Franciscan Gardens over a year before my wedding. I knew it would be gorgeous but blown away on the day of. Since there's so much greenery surrounding, you can really do as much or as little as you want with the venue space.

First off, delicious food! We didn't want a hotel or golf club type food so having 24 Carrots as the owner/caterer was fantastic. Everyone loved our appetizers and there was plenty of food. I high recommend the slider, how do you go wrong with brie, honey, and caramelized pears?! The brisket in our buffet got a lot of compliments, fall apart tender. Also included was a very nice tasting with tons of food to take home at their corporate office.

Service: Fantastic! I dealt mainly with Melissa leading up via primarily email. She was VERY responsive to my many questions. She also worked with me on my budget as we hashed out our contract. We were able to also keep some costs in check by having only certain liquors on our consumption bar (which is not bad priced per drink at all). Day of Haley assisted and she was so nice and handled everything nicely. I even threw her a day of curve ball as a hey, maybe if you can swing it and she handled it like a PRO and it was done.

Luckily there was no rain and it was PERFECT. All my guests walked in a said it was perfect/gorgeous. Being 1 space if you like, the flip from ceremony to reception happened very quickly and they have their system down pat. They do require a day of coordinator and I can see why, not sure how you can manage all your other vendors and have that liaison during your big day! I would recommend this venue for a bride looking for a great location with a quaint (downtown San Juan Cap) feel surrounding and feeling like you're being married in a lush garden. Read less
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Dephinie
Wedding:
11/8/2015
5.0/5.0
A beautiful venue with the most amazing service! This venue is a 10 out of 10. Franciscan Gardens is set in a gorgeous courtyard, perfect for an intimate wedding. The lights that surrounded the place make it magical at night, with bistro lights hanging above and twinkle lights wrapped around the lush green vines. It is a perfect venue for a bride who wants to get creative. With so many greenery, you could do just about anything, and it makes for the greatest pictures. Though the venue sold itself, what helped me make the decision to pick the venue was the team at Franciscan Gardens. We absolutely loved the team and their high quality service. Melissa, the event manager, was the best coordinator to work with. From start to finish, Melissa helped make my wedding day absolutely perfect. She was so accommodating, responsive, and her dedication to her craft is very apparent. Being an indecisive bride with many questions, she always answered my questions with a smile, a helpful tip, and with promptness. She was thorough throughout the whole process and made sure that every detail I had in mind was executed. Melissa is so organized that in the midst of the crazy wedding planning I would get reminder emails updating me about upcoming events or things I had to do. On the day of the wedding and during rehearsal, she made sure to check in with me to ask if everything was going okay. I loved that Melissa was with us every step of the way, from giving us the first tour to wishing us a happily ever after. The service team was wonderful too. The transition/flip time during cocktail hour was flawless, I didn't even notice it happening. During cocktail hour, the catering team made a good effort to attend to the bridal party separately than the guests which I thought added a nice touch. So many guests commented on how charming the venue was, how intimate it felt, and how beautiful it was with the fountains, the pergola, and the backdrop. Thank you FG!
A beautiful venue with the most amazing service! This venue is a 10 out of 10. Franciscan Gardens is set in a gorgeous Read more...
A beautiful venue with the most amazing service! This venue is a 10 out of 10. Franciscan Gardens is set in a gorgeous courtyard, perfect for an intimate wedding. The lights that surrounded the place make it magical at night, with bistro lights hanging above and twinkle lights wrapped around the lush green vines. It is a perfect venue for a bride who wants to get creative. With so many greenery, you could do just about anything, and it makes for the greatest pictures. Though the venue sold itself, what helped me make the decision to pick the venue was the team at Franciscan Gardens. We absolutely loved the team and their high quality service. Melissa, the event manager, was the best coordinator to work with. From start to finish, Melissa helped make my wedding day absolutely perfect. She was so accommodating, responsive, and her dedication to her craft is very apparent. Being an indecisive bride with many questions, she always answered my questions with a smile, a helpful tip, and with promptness. She was thorough throughout the whole process and made sure that every detail I had in mind was executed. Melissa is so organized that in the midst of the crazy wedding planning I would get reminder emails updating me about upcoming events or things I had to do. On the day of the wedding and during rehearsal, she made sure to check in with me to ask if everything was going okay. I loved that Melissa was with us every step of the way, from giving us the first tour to wishing us a happily ever after. The service team was wonderful too. The transition/flip time during cocktail hour was flawless, I didn't even notice it happening. During cocktail hour, the catering team made a good effort to attend to the bridal party separately than the guests which I thought added a nice touch. So many guests commented on how charming the venue was, how intimate it felt, and how beautiful it was with the fountains, the pergola, and the backdrop. Thank you FG! Read less
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Niki
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was here last night and was truly remarkable. Everything went absolutely according to what we wanted. Both the Franciscan Gardens staff and the 24 Carrots staff were amazing. I would absolutely recommend having a wedding at this venue.
Our wedding was here last night and was truly remarkable. Everything went absolutely according to what we wanted. Both the Read more...
Our wedding was here last night and was truly remarkable. Everything went absolutely according to what we wanted. Both the Franciscan Gardens staff and the 24 Carrots staff were amazing. I would absolutely recommend having a wedding at this venue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Esther
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
There are no words to describe how happy I am that I chose to get married at Franciscan Gardens!! I received so many compliments from all my guests and family! It was just what I wanted and more!! Melissa and Breanne are a pleasures to work with! Professional, fast responses, and always so nice!! I've been telling everyone what a great venue it is and recommend it to all my friends!! All I heard was "Beautiful" Thank you Franciscan Gardens and 24Carots!!
There are no words to describe how happy I am that I chose to get married at Franciscan Gardens!! I received so many Read more...
There are no words to describe how happy I am that I chose to get married at Franciscan Gardens!! I received so many compliments from all my guests and family! It was just what I wanted and more!! Melissa and Breanne are a pleasures to work with! Professional, fast responses, and always so nice!! I've been telling everyone what a great venue it is and recommend it to all my friends!! All I heard was "Beautiful" Thank you Franciscan Gardens and 24Carots!! Read less
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Rita
Wedding:
9/12/2015
4.4/5.0
This venue is gorgeous and the service on the day of was impeccable. Of course you pay for it; make sure to check your contracts in advance and ask if anything not on it costs extra (they will charge for every little extra thing, including table tops). It's pretty popular, so I understand market forces are at work in the cost. So, it costs a lot. The food was really good though, it looked great and tasted great (done by 24 carrot catering, who actually owns this venue). The people who work there were generally pretty responsive to any questions I had (and I had a lot). But they were always very professional. There were a couple times I had noticed some errors on the contract (minor errors), so just look out for those. But again, everything went off without a hitch on the day of, it's gorgeous and my wedding photos looks great because of that, and food was great. What more can you ask?
This venue is gorgeous and the service on the day of was impeccable. Of course you pay for it; make sure to check your Read more...
This venue is gorgeous and the service on the day of was impeccable. Of course you pay for it; make sure to check your contracts in advance and ask if anything not on it costs extra (they will charge for every little extra thing, including table tops). It's pretty popular, so I understand market forces are at work in the cost. So, it costs a lot. The food was really good though, it looked great and tasted great (done by 24 carrot catering, who actually owns this venue). The people who work there were generally pretty responsive to any questions I had (and I had a lot). But they were always very professional. There were a couple times I had noticed some errors on the contract (minor errors), so just look out for those. But again, everything went off without a hitch on the day of, it's gorgeous and my wedding photos looks great because of that, and food was great. What more can you ask? Read less
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Dani
Wedding:
8/21/2015
4.9/5.0
My beautiful garden wedding day. From finding this hidden gem of a wedding venue, to the end of my wedding day I couldn't picture getting married anywhere else. My hardest thing with finding my wedding venue was I wanted everything out doors and I also wanted it to be a night wedding. Well that was hard to find until I found Franciscan Gardens. It had everything that I wanted and also came with the most beautiful Bridal Suite to get ready at, and a cool grooms room the guys hung out in before getting ready. Melissa was a pleasure to work with and made everything easy to do over emails. She was always so quick to respond and made our planning easy. Our special day was everything we wanted here at this venue. Truly is a beautiful setting at night with the lights and everything lit up, making it very romantic. I had a lot of compliments on how everything that day flowed and the food was beyond amazing. People told me and still are telling me how that was the best wedding food and greatly put together they had seen. Which makes me happy that everyone saw what we loved!!!
My beautiful garden wedding day. From finding this hidden gem of a wedding venue, to the end of my wedding day I couldn't Read more...
My beautiful garden wedding day. From finding this hidden gem of a wedding venue, to the end of my wedding day I couldn't picture getting married anywhere else. My hardest thing with finding my wedding venue was I wanted everything out doors and I also wanted it to be a night wedding. Well that was hard to find until I found Franciscan Gardens. It had everything that I wanted and also came with the most beautiful Bridal Suite to get ready at, and a cool grooms room the guys hung out in before getting ready. Melissa was a pleasure to work with and made everything easy to do over emails. She was always so quick to respond and made our planning easy. Our special day was everything we wanted here at this venue. Truly is a beautiful setting at night with the lights and everything lit up, making it very romantic. I had a lot of compliments on how everything that day flowed and the food was beyond amazing. People told me and still are telling me how that was the best wedding food and greatly put together they had seen. Which makes me happy that everyone saw what we loved!!! Read less
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ItsJenniWithanI
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was absolutly perfect, thanks to Franciscan Gardens. The outdoor garden setting created that romantic atomsphere. The staff was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We are so lucky to have had such an amazing team of people. The ambiance was perfect. Price was reasonable for a Southern California wedding. We received so many compliments from guests. Everyone loved the venue. Parking was easy with a parking structure just a few feet from the venue. Local hotels nearby made it easy for out of town guests. The foot supplied by 24 carrot was delicious! I only have positive things to say about this venue! I wish I can do it again! Highly Highly recommend getting married at Franciscan Gardens!!!!
Our wedding was absolutly perfect, thanks to Franciscan Gardens. The outdoor garden setting created that romantic Read more...
Our wedding was absolutly perfect, thanks to Franciscan Gardens. The outdoor garden setting created that romantic atomsphere. The staff was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We are so lucky to have had such an amazing team of people. The ambiance was perfect. Price was reasonable for a Southern California wedding. We received so many compliments from guests. Everyone loved the venue. Parking was easy with a parking structure just a few feet from the venue. Local hotels nearby made it easy for out of town guests. The foot supplied by 24 carrot was delicious! I only have positive things to say about this venue! I wish I can do it again! Highly Highly recommend getting married at Franciscan Gardens!!!! Read less
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