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Franciscan Gardens

San Juan Capistrano , CA

LOCATION

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

When was your venue built?
1920
When was your venue last renovated?
2011
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
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?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
No
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
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?
1150
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?
120
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
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?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful Beautiful Venue. I was looking for something outdoors and a little country feel. The courtyard made it feel so intimate and not spread out, with everything right there, the ceremony and reception. For my wedding, the venue switched managers through my planning process, and it was a seamless transition. The new managers took over and made me feel valued and where just as responsive and professional as the previous managers. The food was delicious, and my guests were raving about the venue. Having the head table sit under the pergola was a highlight and made me feel close with my wedding party and husband. The grounds around the venue were beautiful to take photos at, many choices to choose from. One waiter even followed us when we took our photos to bring us appetizers and water to make sure that we felt taken care of. I definitely recommend this venue!
Beautiful Beautiful Venue. I was looking for something outdoors and a little country feel. The courtyard made it feel so Read more...
Beautiful Beautiful Venue. I was looking for something outdoors and a little country feel. The courtyard made it feel so intimate and not spread out, with everything right there, the ceremony and reception. For my wedding, the venue switched managers through my planning process, and it was a seamless transition. The new managers took over and made me feel valued and where just as responsive and professional as the previous managers. The food was delicious, and my guests were raving about the venue. Having the head table sit under the pergola was a highlight and made me feel close with my wedding party and husband. The grounds around the venue were beautiful to take photos at, many choices to choose from. One waiter even followed us when we took our photos to bring us appetizers and water to make sure that we felt taken care of. I definitely recommend this venue! Read less
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Merrill
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Such a beautiful venue! This was the first (and only) venue my husband and I toured; we were in love at first sight! The ambience they create is wonderful - so romantic. Aimee was so sweet and worked closely with us to ensure we got the wedding of our dreams. Thanks for making our wedding day memorable!
Such a beautiful venue! This was the first (and only) venue my husband and I toured; we were in love at first sight! The Read more...
Such a beautiful venue! This was the first (and only) venue my husband and I toured; we were in love at first sight! The ambience they create is wonderful - so romantic. Aimee was so sweet and worked closely with us to ensure we got the wedding of our dreams. Thanks for making our wedding day memorable! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I have only great things to say about Franciscan Gardens. The venue is beautiful, the coordinators were very professional and the location was very convenient for my guests.

We were able to take the venue and add in our touches to create OUR wedding. It was amazing how fast the venue was able to "flip" the ceremony site and make it into a reception. Our guests felt so comfortable in the venue and it seated 100 guests very well.

The food from 24 Carrots was delicious and very satisfying. Our guests loved the beef brisket and the variety of hors d'oeuvres. Picking a menu was tough because there were so many great options!

We initially worked with Ashley Pyle, and she was awesome. She helped us make a timeline for the day, walk us through the planning process and accommodate to us being on the other side of the country. Alyssa was the contact that was there for us on the wedding day, and she was equally awesome. She even helped fold menus for the reception tables! From the big to little tasks, these girls can help any bride do anything!
I have only great things to say about Franciscan Gardens. The venue is beautiful, the coordinators were very professional Read more...
I have only great things to say about Franciscan Gardens. The venue is beautiful, the coordinators were very professional and the location was very convenient for my guests.

We were able to take the venue and add in our touches to create OUR wedding. It was amazing how fast the venue was able to "flip" the ceremony site and make it into a reception. Our guests felt so comfortable in the venue and it seated 100 guests very well.

The food from 24 Carrots was delicious and very satisfying. Our guests loved the beef brisket and the variety of hors d'oeuvres. Picking a menu was tough because there were so many great options!

We initially worked with Ashley Pyle, and she was awesome. She helped us make a timeline for the day, walk us through the planning process and accommodate to us being on the other side of the country. Alyssa was the contact that was there for us on the wedding day, and she was equally awesome. She even helped fold menus for the reception tables! From the big to little tasks, these girls can help any bride do anything! Read less
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Koryn
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing! Aimee, Ashley and 24 Carrots made our wedding so special and they are so wonderful to work with! Absolute perfection!
Absolutely amazing! Aimee, Ashley and 24 Carrots made our wedding so special and they are so wonderful to work with! Read more...
Absolutely amazing! Aimee, Ashley and 24 Carrots made our wedding so special and they are so wonderful to work with! Absolute perfection! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with this venue as soon as I saw the photos. I knew this had to be our wedding venue as soon as we visited it. It's absolutely beautiful. My guests kept commenting on how beautiful it was. Aimee and Ashley were such a pleasure to work with. They went above and beyond. I had so many last minute requests that they were able to accommodate. The entire staff was so friendly and personable. They made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. The bartender and guard were also quick to react when I pointed out a few wedding crashers. The food is so ridiculously delicious! I have absolutely no complaints...everything about Franciscan Gardens is amazing. Thank you so much!!!
I fell in love with this venue as soon as I saw the photos. I knew this had to be our wedding venue as soon as we visited Read more...
I fell in love with this venue as soon as I saw the photos. I knew this had to be our wedding venue as soon as we visited it. It's absolutely beautiful. My guests kept commenting on how beautiful it was. Aimee and Ashley were such a pleasure to work with. They went above and beyond. I had so many last minute requests that they were able to accommodate. The entire staff was so friendly and personable. They made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. The bartender and guard were also quick to react when I pointed out a few wedding crashers. The food is so ridiculously delicious! I have absolutely no complaints...everything about Franciscan Gardens is amazing. Thank you so much!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens is the perfect place to get married!!! From the first meeting to the big day, Aimee and Ashley are there to make sure everything goes perfectly. They truly care about you and your wedding and it shows in their attention to detail. They respond to emails so quickly, they never make you feel silly when you're asking a ton of questions, and they are just genuinely nice people. The venue itself is amazing! It is so pretty and needs very little decoration (great if you are on a budget). It looks gorgeous on its own, or you can add a few of your own touches if you like. We loved having all of our guests in one area, it made it so easy to walk around and see everyone and everyone felt included in everything. Having the ceremony and reception in the courtyard was so convenient and the staff flipped the space around so quickly you didn't even really see it happen! We have had so many compliments on the beautiful venue, the friendliness of the staff, and on how good the food was! The food really is delicious. It's just like it was at the tasting, and it's hard to believe they can pump out that many meals and make them all taste so fresh. It was really wonderful. At night all of the lanterns added this wonderful glow to the reception. Another huge plus is that they do not schedule any other events on the same day as your wedding, so you have all day to use the getting ready rooms and all day to set up. The venue is also a great location for photographs and just across the street from the Mission San Juan Capistrano. We went to the mission for photographs and it provides a wonderful backdrop. We really could not imagine a better place to get married.
Franciscan Gardens is the perfect place to get married!!! From the first meeting to the big day, Aimee and Ashley are Read more...
Franciscan Gardens is the perfect place to get married!!! From the first meeting to the big day, Aimee and Ashley are there to make sure everything goes perfectly. They truly care about you and your wedding and it shows in their attention to detail. They respond to emails so quickly, they never make you feel silly when you're asking a ton of questions, and they are just genuinely nice people. The venue itself is amazing! It is so pretty and needs very little decoration (great if you are on a budget). It looks gorgeous on its own, or you can add a few of your own touches if you like. We loved having all of our guests in one area, it made it so easy to walk around and see everyone and everyone felt included in everything. Having the ceremony and reception in the courtyard was so convenient and the staff flipped the space around so quickly you didn't even really see it happen! We have had so many compliments on the beautiful venue, the friendliness of the staff, and on how good the food was! The food really is delicious. It's just like it was at the tasting, and it's hard to believe they can pump out that many meals and make them all taste so fresh. It was really wonderful. At night all of the lanterns added this wonderful glow to the reception. Another huge plus is that they do not schedule any other events on the same day as your wedding, so you have all day to use the getting ready rooms and all day to set up. The venue is also a great location for photographs and just across the street from the Mission San Juan Capistrano. We went to the mission for photographs and it provides a wonderful backdrop. We really could not imagine a better place to get married. Read less
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Amy H
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful venue! I never knew about this until I saw some pictures in wedding blogs and knew I had to check it out! Venue managers Ashley and Aimee were helpful since day 1 when I went to the open house event. They worked closely with my wedding planner and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it to be. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this venue and have absolutely no regrets having my wedding here. My guests were shocked at how beautiful this place was and was surprised this venue existed (its a hidden gem!). The prices are reasonable and helpful. I really had the wedding of my dreams at this venue and know that other brides will too here! This venue is getting more and more popular so you better book it quick!
What a beautiful venue! I never knew about this until I saw some pictures in wedding blogs and knew I had to check it out! Read more...
What a beautiful venue! I never knew about this until I saw some pictures in wedding blogs and knew I had to check it out! Venue managers Ashley and Aimee were helpful since day 1 when I went to the open house event. They worked closely with my wedding planner and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it to be. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this venue and have absolutely no regrets having my wedding here. My guests were shocked at how beautiful this place was and was surprised this venue existed (its a hidden gem!). The prices are reasonable and helpful. I really had the wedding of my dreams at this venue and know that other brides will too here! This venue is getting more and more popular so you better book it quick! Read less
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An
Wedding:
7/12/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with this beautiful venue! Aimee and Ashley were such a joy to work with from start to finish. They accommodated us every chance they got, and they really paid attention to the details, which meant a lot to us. They were also so helpful and patient with us. The venue itself was just perfect for the fun and romantic environment we were going for, and it was the best fit for our wedding of 155 guests (although it can comfortably hold up to 200). It is so pretty that we didn't need to add much to it. The plants, flowers, vines, fountain, etc. gave it a beautiful, lush appearance. Also, there are many photo ops nearby. We took our First Look photos at the mission and our bridal party photos down the street. 24 Carrots was amazing, from the appetizers to dinner...and the service was wonderful as well! I can't forget one of my favorite amenities: the gorgeous bridal suite and awesome groom's suite! They are perfect for getting ready in or just for hanging out. We were so impressed, and we are so, so glad we chose this one of a kind venue! :)
We couldn't have been happier with this beautiful venue! Aimee and Ashley were such a joy to work with from start to Read more...
We couldn't have been happier with this beautiful venue! Aimee and Ashley were such a joy to work with from start to finish. They accommodated us every chance they got, and they really paid attention to the details, which meant a lot to us. They were also so helpful and patient with us. The venue itself was just perfect for the fun and romantic environment we were going for, and it was the best fit for our wedding of 155 guests (although it can comfortably hold up to 200). It is so pretty that we didn't need to add much to it. The plants, flowers, vines, fountain, etc. gave it a beautiful, lush appearance. Also, there are many photo ops nearby. We took our First Look photos at the mission and our bridal party photos down the street. 24 Carrots was amazing, from the appetizers to dinner...and the service was wonderful as well! I can't forget one of my favorite amenities: the gorgeous bridal suite and awesome groom's suite! They are perfect for getting ready in or just for hanging out. We were so impressed, and we are so, so glad we chose this one of a kind venue! :) Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
If it was possible to give more then 5 stars I would. This place made all my dreams come to life. The ladies who work here (Ashley and Aimee) are so unbelievably helpful that I do not know what I would have done without them. This place was perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Gorgeous area, perfect weather, and the overall atmosphere was amazing.
If it was possible to give more then 5 stars I would. This place made all my dreams come to life. The ladies who work here Read more...
If it was possible to give more then 5 stars I would. This place made all my dreams come to life. The ladies who work here (Ashley and Aimee) are so unbelievably helpful that I do not know what I would have done without them. This place was perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Gorgeous area, perfect weather, and the overall atmosphere was amazing. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
The Franciscan Gardens was not only our dream venue for it's beauty and charm but also because of the amazing staff that supported us in having our perfect wedding day. Ashley and Aimee were absolutely wonderful and made our planning process so smooth and easy. Ashley even went out of her way to arrive to the venue at 7 am to allow the bridal party into the bridal suite to ensure that we would have enough time to complete hair and makeup. Both her and Aimee were so personable and despite having weddings take place nearly every weekend they still were so invested in our special day and doing whatever they could to prevent any additional stress or worry.
The Franciscan Gardens was not only our dream venue for it's beauty and charm but also because of the amazing staff that Read more...
The Franciscan Gardens was not only our dream venue for it's beauty and charm but also because of the amazing staff that supported us in having our perfect wedding day. Ashley and Aimee were absolutely wonderful and made our planning process so smooth and easy. Ashley even went out of her way to arrive to the venue at 7 am to allow the bridal party into the bridal suite to ensure that we would have enough time to complete hair and makeup. Both her and Aimee were so personable and despite having weddings take place nearly every weekend they still were so invested in our special day and doing whatever they could to prevent any additional stress or worry. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I really can't say enough about Franciscan Gardens. Not only is it a beautiful venue with plenty of great places to take pictures nearby (the Los Rios District, the Mission, the train station, etc.) as well as the wonderful amenities of the bride and groom suites, the staff who work there are excellent. They were accommodating and flexible, and worked with us closely on our budget. You can either have a very expensive wedding here or a very reasonably priced one - they will help you figure it out!

Not only were they great during the planning process, they were intuitive on the day of the wedding. I had ordered cupcakes from Sprinkles for our cake, and two vegan cupcakes were packaged separately for two of my guests. Rather than put them out on the towers and risk having them be taken by the wrong guests, they kept them aside and then went and found the guests who needed them. I didn't even ask them to do that, and only found out that they'd done it a few days later! That's just one small anecdote to show how thoughtful and professional they are.
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I really can't say enough about Franciscan Gardens. Not only is it a beautiful venue with plenty of great places to take pictures nearby (the Los Rios District, the Mission, the train station, etc.) as well as the wonderful amenities of the bride and groom suites, the staff who work there are excellent. They were accommodating and flexible, and worked with us closely on our budget. You can either have a very expensive wedding here or a very reasonably priced one - they will help you figure it out!

Not only were they great during the planning process, they were intuitive on the day of the wedding. I had ordered cupcakes from Sprinkles for our cake, and two vegan cupcakes were packaged separately for two of my guests. Rather than put them out on the towers and risk having them be taken by the wrong guests, they kept them aside and then went and found the guests who needed them. I didn't even ask them to do that, and only found out that they'd done it a few days later! That's just one small anecdote to show how thoughtful and professional they are. Read less
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Mandy
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was an absolutely magical place the night of our wedding. Aimee and Ashley were so helpful throughout our wedding planning process! The day/night of our wedding was a lot colder than it was supposed to be, and they kindly allowed us to use their heaters at the last minute. We received so many compliments on the venue, staff and food! Everything was top notch! Thank you for helping us throw the wedding of our dreams!
Franciscan Gardens was an absolutely magical place the night of our wedding. Aimee and Ashley were so helpful throughout Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was an absolutely magical place the night of our wedding. Aimee and Ashley were so helpful throughout our wedding planning process! The day/night of our wedding was a lot colder than it was supposed to be, and they kindly allowed us to use their heaters at the last minute. We received so many compliments on the venue, staff and food! Everything was top notch! Thank you for helping us throw the wedding of our dreams! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Great venue, great staff and reasonably priced.
Great venue, great staff and reasonably priced.
Great venue, great staff and reasonably priced. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was a beautiful venue with a great staff. Hidden away in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, the tall walls of ivy and secluded courtyard make you feel like world around has disappeared. The location itself was so versatile that we could do almost anything with the open space. However, the best part of Franciscan Gardens was their staff and partners. Everyone was so helpful, organized, and accommodating. They were a pleasure to work with. Through the planning process, the management team made sure to cover everything and coordinated with the catering crew (24 Carrots). The day of the wedding went as smooth as can be imagined. I have to give a HUGE shout out to the waiters and bartenders. My guests could not stop talking about how great they were... on top of everything and there wasn't a moment that everyone didn't have a drink or something to eat. I highly recommend this venue/company.
Franciscan Gardens was a beautiful venue with a great staff. Hidden away in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, the tall Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was a beautiful venue with a great staff. Hidden away in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, the tall walls of ivy and secluded courtyard make you feel like world around has disappeared. The location itself was so versatile that we could do almost anything with the open space. However, the best part of Franciscan Gardens was their staff and partners. Everyone was so helpful, organized, and accommodating. They were a pleasure to work with. Through the planning process, the management team made sure to cover everything and coordinated with the catering crew (24 Carrots). The day of the wedding went as smooth as can be imagined. I have to give a HUGE shout out to the waiters and bartenders. My guests could not stop talking about how great they were... on top of everything and there wasn't a moment that everyone didn't have a drink or something to eat. I highly recommend this venue/company. Read less
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Traci
Wedding:
8/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you Franciscan Gardens for making our day so Beautiful and Magical!! A big Thank you to Anne Watson and the whole staff at FG, for making our dreams come true on 8/26/12!! They reslly worked with our budget and changed things around~ they are so helpful, fun and gracious! Franciscan Gardens was the first place we looked at, and after looking at several other venues, FG was in our hearts and we knew it was the perfect place for our BIg Day!! Thank you to 24 Carrots for the exquisite food and service~ we couldn't have asked for better service, it was top notch! The Bride and Groom rooms are big and beautiful~ the grooms room has s a pool table in it :-) Not only is FG a beautiful venue, the parking was convenient for our guests (it is literally right next to the courtyard) The Los Rios district, is the perfect spot to take your wedding photos~ super fun! I highly recommend this venue for your wedding~ my husband and I are just THRILLED at how everything turned out! If you are looking to have a GORGEOUS wedding, Franciscan Gardens is your place!!
Thank you Franciscan Gardens for making our day so Beautiful and Magical!! A big Thank you to Anne Watson and the whole Read more...
Thank you Franciscan Gardens for making our day so Beautiful and Magical!! A big Thank you to Anne Watson and the whole staff at FG, for making our dreams come true on 8/26/12!! They reslly worked with our budget and changed things around~ they are so helpful, fun and gracious! Franciscan Gardens was the first place we looked at, and after looking at several other venues, FG was in our hearts and we knew it was the perfect place for our BIg Day!! Thank you to 24 Carrots for the exquisite food and service~ we couldn't have asked for better service, it was top notch! The Bride and Groom rooms are big and beautiful~ the grooms room has s a pool table in it :-) Not only is FG a beautiful venue, the parking was convenient for our guests (it is literally right next to the courtyard) The Los Rios district, is the perfect spot to take your wedding photos~ super fun! I highly recommend this venue for your wedding~ my husband and I are just THRILLED at how everything turned out! If you are looking to have a GORGEOUS wedding, Franciscan Gardens is your place!! Read less
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Marlene
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you to everyone at Franciscan Gardens! My daughter's wedding was picture perfect! The guest's raved about the venue, food, and service. The bride and groom's suites were a fantastic place for everyone to get ready and hang out all day before the wedding. Such a fun day!
Thank you to everyone at Franciscan Gardens! My daughter's wedding was picture perfect! The guest's raved about the venue, Read more...
Thank you to everyone at Franciscan Gardens! My daughter's wedding was picture perfect! The guest's raved about the venue, food, and service. The bride and groom's suites were a fantastic place for everyone to get ready and hang out all day before the wedding. Such a fun day! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing wedding day thanks to Franciscan Gardens! Aimee and Ashley were so patient, professional and helpful with us, espcially as it got closer to our wedding day. Everyone was so helpful and made our experience that more special. The crew was so professional and friendly. We had so many guests tell us what a great location, food and overall experience they had as well. We absolutely loved the food too!
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We had an amazing wedding day thanks to Franciscan Gardens! Aimee and Ashley were so patient, professional and helpful with us, espcially as it got closer to our wedding day. Everyone was so helpful and made our experience that more special. The crew was so professional and friendly. We had so many guests tell us what a great location, food and overall experience they had as well. We absolutely loved the food too! Read less
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Nina
Wedding:
7/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazingly helpful and fun staff! Beautiful grounds and perfect location! Aimee and the staff at Franciscan Gardens went out of their way to make our day perfect and were available 24 hrs a day if I had any questions or concerns. We would recommend Franciscan Gardens to everyone!!
Amazingly helpful and fun staff! Beautiful grounds and perfect location! Aimee and the staff at Franciscan Gardens went Read more...
Amazingly helpful and fun staff! Beautiful grounds and perfect location! Aimee and the staff at Franciscan Gardens went out of their way to make our day perfect and were available 24 hrs a day if I had any questions or concerns. We would recommend Franciscan Gardens to everyone!! Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
The entire Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots team did an amazing job creating a wedding day that we will remember forever! Everything ran smoothly and they were very attentive to our needs. I can't thank them enough for hosting our perfect wedding!
The entire Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots team did an amazing job creating a wedding day that we will remember forever! Read more...
The entire Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots team did an amazing job creating a wedding day that we will remember forever! Everything ran smoothly and they were very attentive to our needs. I can't thank them enough for hosting our perfect wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful
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Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely Read more...
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely Read more...
Franciscan gardens was the perfect place to have our wedding, they were able to answer any questions I had in a timely manor, they were increadibly accomodating and the venue is absolutly gorgous. I knew from my first visit that Franciscan gardens had to be the place for my wedding, and everything turned out beautiful Read less
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MsJBetts
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
BEAUTIFUL and UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING: Christine & Joseph
My Daughter had her Wedding: Ceremony/Reception at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. This venue is beautiful, accommodating and the best service we have every had. The food was fabulous. The staff at this venue was attentive to the Bride/Groom all the time. If I could have my daughters wedding all over again, it would definitely be at this venue. Thank you 24 Carrots/Franciscan Gardens for the unforgettable and memoriable Wedding. This venue is a 5 Star and more. We would Highly recommend this venue for any bride/groom.
BEAUTIFUL and UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING: Christine & Joseph
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BEAUTIFUL and UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING: Christine & Joseph
My Daughter had her Wedding: Ceremony/Reception at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. This venue is beautiful, accommodating and the best service we have every had. The food was fabulous. The staff at this venue was attentive to the Bride/Groom all the time. If I could have my daughters wedding all over again, it would definitely be at this venue. Thank you 24 Carrots/Franciscan Gardens for the unforgettable and memoriable Wedding. This venue is a 5 Star and more. We would Highly recommend this venue for any bride/groom. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was perfect! I wanted an outside ceremony and reception! The gardens made such awesome backgrounds for my pictures!

Bummed we were not able to use the courtyard on the other side of the alley for pictures. It rained so we had to rent a tent. Which was fine because it was clear, but it did not cover the whole site. :-(

Rochelle was VERY HELPFUL!! She and Kerry(de-luxe-events.com) worked their buns off the day of the wedding. I did not have to worry about anything because I already knew it was taken care of. Rochelle was very helpful to my questions or concerns throughout the whole process.

The Gazebo was a nice addition to the garden even though it was finished a couple days before my wedding!

I would recommend FG to other brides.
Franciscan Gardens was perfect! I wanted an outside ceremony and reception! The gardens made such awesome backgrounds for Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was perfect! I wanted an outside ceremony and reception! The gardens made such awesome backgrounds for my pictures!

Bummed we were not able to use the courtyard on the other side of the alley for pictures. It rained so we had to rent a tent. Which was fine because it was clear, but it did not cover the whole site. :-(

Rochelle was VERY HELPFUL!! She and Kerry(de-luxe-events.com) worked their buns off the day of the wedding. I did not have to worry about anything because I already knew it was taken care of. Rochelle was very helpful to my questions or concerns throughout the whole process.

The Gazebo was a nice addition to the garden even though it was finished a couple days before my wedding!

I would recommend FG to other brides. Read less
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Hoang
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
When we went on our first walk though at the Franciscan Gardens it was under construction for a remodel. Even then we could see what a beautiful venue this was. They told us what it would look like once it was finished, and we knew that we didn't want to get married anywhere else. We loved that there is a bridal suite for me, and a groom's room for him. On our wedding day, the guys decided to show up really early to relax, watch tv, and play games in the groom's room. The ladies and I had more than enough room to get ready in the bridal suite. Working with Anne and Ashely was a real joy. They helped me with anything I needed and answered the millions of questions I had for them. I wish I could get married here again, maybe for a vow renewal. ;)
When we went on our first walk though at the Franciscan Gardens it was under construction for a remodel. Even then we Read more...
When we went on our first walk though at the Franciscan Gardens it was under construction for a remodel. Even then we could see what a beautiful venue this was. They told us what it would look like once it was finished, and we knew that we didn't want to get married anywhere else. We loved that there is a bridal suite for me, and a groom's room for him. On our wedding day, the guys decided to show up really early to relax, watch tv, and play games in the groom's room. The ladies and I had more than enough room to get ready in the bridal suite. Working with Anne and Ashely was a real joy. They helped me with anything I needed and answered the millions of questions I had for them. I wish I could get married here again, maybe for a vow renewal. ;) Read less
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Denell
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin! When I started my venue search, I had nearly 2 years of wedding planning ahead of me! I searched A LOT of venues, but we only had a tour of 2 before deciding on Franciscan Gardens. Every email I sent to Anne with some question was always promptly responded to. When we had our visit, we met with one person, but Anne sent me an email first thing that following Monday. We loved this place! The courtyard setting is beautiful and the bride & groom suites are amazing. They had done a lot of work renovating things from the time we booked up until the day of our wedding, and although I was worried at first, everything made the venue even better! Anne was always available to help me with any changes I needed to make to the contract or answer any questions I had. Once it was the month of the wedding, I met with Ashley to do the layout and all the final details and started working with her. She was a big help to me as well, and she always responded to my emails quickly. Just a note to brides, this is an ALL outdoor wedding, so be prepared, but don't let that stop you! With the addition of all my decor- this venue turned out to be a beautiful location for my wedding. I couldn't have asked for anything better!
I don't even know where to begin! When I started my venue search, I had nearly 2 years of wedding planning ahead of me! I Read more...
I don't even know where to begin! When I started my venue search, I had nearly 2 years of wedding planning ahead of me! I searched A LOT of venues, but we only had a tour of 2 before deciding on Franciscan Gardens. Every email I sent to Anne with some question was always promptly responded to. When we had our visit, we met with one person, but Anne sent me an email first thing that following Monday. We loved this place! The courtyard setting is beautiful and the bride & groom suites are amazing. They had done a lot of work renovating things from the time we booked up until the day of our wedding, and although I was worried at first, everything made the venue even better! Anne was always available to help me with any changes I needed to make to the contract or answer any questions I had. Once it was the month of the wedding, I met with Ashley to do the layout and all the final details and started working with her. She was a big help to me as well, and she always responded to my emails quickly. Just a note to brides, this is an ALL outdoor wedding, so be prepared, but don't let that stop you! With the addition of all my decor- this venue turned out to be a beautiful location for my wedding. I couldn't have asked for anything better! Read less
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zoebear103010
Wedding:
1/29/2012
5.0/5.0
For me, I wanted a Winter Wonderland wedding outdoors. It is very challenging to find an outdoor setting in Orange County without involving the ocean. When I found Franciscan Gardens, I knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. After meeting with the Assistant Venue Manager and looking at all the options to fill the courtyard, I was even more excited to book with them. I am all about individuality and didn't want my wedding to look like anyone else’s. The amount of options are endless with this venue and no wedding looks the same in the space. On the actual wedding day, the staff made my dream of a Winter Wonderland come to life. It was absolutely beautiful and the staff was amazing. Even though the staff probably does 75+ weddings a year, they make you feel like your day is just as special to them as it is to you. I could not be happier with the venue and the staff.
One other huge selling point for me was the enormous bridal suite and grooms suite. We had a massive bridal party (18 total) and trying to fit everyone in a hotel to get ready would have been a challenge. The bridal suite was perfect and had plenty of room for everyone AND it looks like something from Anthropologie (my fave store). The groom's suite is perfect for the guys too. They were able to watch football, play pool, and just be boys. Everything photographed beautifully at Franciscan and you can tell a lot of thought went into creating the space. I absolutely LOVE this venue and I would use them again for another event in a heartbeat.
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For me, I wanted a Winter Wonderland wedding outdoors. It is very challenging to find an outdoor setting in Orange County without involving the ocean. When I found Franciscan Gardens, I knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. After meeting with the Assistant Venue Manager and looking at all the options to fill the courtyard, I was even more excited to book with them. I am all about individuality and didn't want my wedding to look like anyone else’s. The amount of options are endless with this venue and no wedding looks the same in the space. On the actual wedding day, the staff made my dream of a Winter Wonderland come to life. It was absolutely beautiful and the staff was amazing. Even though the staff probably does 75+ weddings a year, they make you feel like your day is just as special to them as it is to you. I could not be happier with the venue and the staff.
One other huge selling point for me was the enormous bridal suite and grooms suite. We had a massive bridal party (18 total) and trying to fit everyone in a hotel to get ready would have been a challenge. The bridal suite was perfect and had plenty of room for everyone AND it looks like something from Anthropologie (my fave store). The groom's suite is perfect for the guys too. They were able to watch football, play pool, and just be boys. Everything photographed beautifully at Franciscan and you can tell a lot of thought went into creating the space. I absolutely LOVE this venue and I would use them again for another event in a heartbeat. Read less
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Bcassa
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens is such a unique place and we are SO happy we decided to have our wedding here. Great little gem in the city of San Juan Capistrano! The venue already has so much natural beauty and beautiful structures to it; that come the wedding day with all the decorations; it looked above and beyond what I had imagined!

The team at Franciscan Gardens and 24 carrots were amazing. Anne and Abbi were wonderful to work with, and both were so helpful to us every step of the way. You can tell they love what they do and that they have a passion for it!

24 carrots is their catering on-site company and I received many, many compliments on how good the food was at our wedding!

Without a doubt, I would 100% recommend Franciscan Gardens to brides looking for a wedding venue!
Franciscan Gardens is such a unique place and we are SO happy we decided to have our wedding here. Great little gem in the Read more...
Franciscan Gardens is such a unique place and we are SO happy we decided to have our wedding here. Great little gem in the city of San Juan Capistrano! The venue already has so much natural beauty and beautiful structures to it; that come the wedding day with all the decorations; it looked above and beyond what I had imagined!

The team at Franciscan Gardens and 24 carrots were amazing. Anne and Abbi were wonderful to work with, and both were so helpful to us every step of the way. You can tell they love what they do and that they have a passion for it!

24 carrots is their catering on-site company and I received many, many compliments on how good the food was at our wedding!

Without a doubt, I would 100% recommend Franciscan Gardens to brides looking for a wedding venue! Read less
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Darlene
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
It was love at first sight with FG. It was the first venue my husband and I looked at so everyone was telling us to keep looking....but we loved everything about the place and just couldn't turn away! We were so fortunate that all of the logistical details such as dates, costs, number of people, etc. all fit well with our wedding plans so within a week of our search we had our venue booked!
The neighborhood is so beautiful and historic, the venue itself has a charming outdoor feel and we were able to do both our ceremony and reception at FG. They did a fabulous job of flipping the site from ceremony to reception.
A lot of great photo ops at FG and the surrounding area. They have really nice bride and groom rooms available to get ready in. Great location near the parking structure so guests don't have to worry about that. Beautiful bistro lights, fountain and pergolas to incorporate into your decor.
Not to mention that 24 Carrots was amazing to work with. The service and professionalism was on point from day one of planning all the way up to the very last minute of clean up. Their food is amazing and they really work with you to help you create the wedding of your dreams. If you get to work with Kimberlynn, you will be more than pleased! I would not hesitate to recommend both FG and 24 Carrots to anyone. In fact, a friend of mine was a guest at our wedding and fell in love with FG too. My husband and I returned in May 2013 to attend HER wedding there! So much fun to reminisce!
It was love at first sight with FG. It was the first venue my husband and I looked at so everyone was telling us to keep Read more...
It was love at first sight with FG. It was the first venue my husband and I looked at so everyone was telling us to keep looking....but we loved everything about the place and just couldn't turn away! We were so fortunate that all of the logistical details such as dates, costs, number of people, etc. all fit well with our wedding plans so within a week of our search we had our venue booked!
The neighborhood is so beautiful and historic, the venue itself has a charming outdoor feel and we were able to do both our ceremony and reception at FG. They did a fabulous job of flipping the site from ceremony to reception.
A lot of great photo ops at FG and the surrounding area. They have really nice bride and groom rooms available to get ready in. Great location near the parking structure so guests don't have to worry about that. Beautiful bistro lights, fountain and pergolas to incorporate into your decor.
Not to mention that 24 Carrots was amazing to work with. The service and professionalism was on point from day one of planning all the way up to the very last minute of clean up. Their food is amazing and they really work with you to help you create the wedding of your dreams. If you get to work with Kimberlynn, you will be more than pleased! I would not hesitate to recommend both FG and 24 Carrots to anyone. In fact, a friend of mine was a guest at our wedding and fell in love with FG too. My husband and I returned in May 2013 to attend HER wedding there! So much fun to reminisce! Read less
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Deanna
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Franciscan Gardens was beautiful. The staff were all so courteous and considerate! The event coordinators are both very personable and responsive and really go the extra mile to ensure you're taken care of. The catering (24 Carrots) is just amazing. Every last morsel was delicious, but most importantly they were able to accommodate several of my guest's dietary restrictions. I've already recommended Franciscan Gardens to several brides I've met and I will continue to do so!
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Our wedding at Franciscan Gardens was beautiful. The staff were all so courteous and considerate! The event coordinators are both very personable and responsive and really go the extra mile to ensure you're taken care of. The catering (24 Carrots) is just amazing. Every last morsel was delicious, but most importantly they were able to accommodate several of my guest's dietary restrictions. I've already recommended Franciscan Gardens to several brides I've met and I will continue to do so! Read less
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Jaimee Bride
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful. If you are looking for an outdoor venue with personality and charm- this is the place for you. Plus, since it is not in a residental area, it is one of the few outdoor venues that lets you keep your event going until Midnight.

24 Carrots owns the venue now, which means when booking your wedding here, you will also have the opportunity to have AMAZING food from Orange County's best caterer. :)

I encourage you to go visit Franciscan Gardens... once you step your foot of the wedding site, you'll fall in love with it.

Jaimee & Jason Spanos
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful. If you are looking for an outdoor venue with personality and charm- this is the place for Read more...
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful. If you are looking for an outdoor venue with personality and charm- this is the place for you. Plus, since it is not in a residental area, it is one of the few outdoor venues that lets you keep your event going until Midnight.

24 Carrots owns the venue now, which means when booking your wedding here, you will also have the opportunity to have AMAZING food from Orange County's best caterer. :)

I encourage you to go visit Franciscan Gardens... once you step your foot of the wedding site, you'll fall in love with it.

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erintheisen
Wedding:
7/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough kind words about my experience with Franciscan Gardens! It is such a breathtakingly gorgeous venue and the staff are AMAZING. The event coordinators there are easily accessible and very prompt and courteous in responding. I could not have asked for a more amazing venue to hold both my ceremony and reception at the same site!
I cannot say enough kind words about my experience with Franciscan Gardens! It is such a breathtakingly gorgeous venue and Read more...
I cannot say enough kind words about my experience with Franciscan Gardens! It is such a breathtakingly gorgeous venue and the staff are AMAZING. The event coordinators there are easily accessible and very prompt and courteous in responding. I could not have asked for a more amazing venue to hold both my ceremony and reception at the same site! Read less
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Brandy
Wedding:
11/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was the perfect venue for our wedding day. I will never forget the moment my fiance and I first visited the venue. In fact, on our way to the venue, I wondered if Franciscan Gardens either was as perfect as it looked online or if they had an incredible webmaster! After taking my first peek into the "secret garden" my eyes lit up like a little girl at Disneyland! The beautiful gardens smelled fresh and the lights sparkled and I immediately knew it was perfect! We met with the site manager (through previous owner) and loved everything we heard. We left the venue to tour other venues we had interest in and found ourselves making a U-turn half way to our next stop! We went right back to Franciscan Gardens and signed a contract!

My fiance and I had serious nerves when the change of ownership occurred. We do not feel the previous owner had communicated well and that was disappointing, however as we began receiving contact from the new site manager, Ann we quickly realized things were for the better. 24 Carrots honored all aspects of our original contract and the site manager was wonderful with coordinating with the (now) outside vendors. The overall transition was smooth and the site manager met with us to give us a tour of the "new" and improved facility.

I was very sad it rained on our wedding day because we had to rent a tent (which was a large addition to our budget that we had not anticipated). Ann worked hard to break the cost of the tent rental though and although the white tent initially put a hiccup in the magic of the garden, once the wedding began, we hardly noticed the tent! :)

The venue was perfect. The surrounding area with the train tracks, and historic mission was ideal for pictures and it was hands-down the perfect day! I would recommend Franciscan Gardens to my closest friends because I know they would be in good hands!
Franciscan Gardens was the perfect venue for our wedding day. I will never forget the moment my fiance and I first visited Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was the perfect venue for our wedding day. I will never forget the moment my fiance and I first visited the venue. In fact, on our way to the venue, I wondered if Franciscan Gardens either was as perfect as it looked online or if they had an incredible webmaster! After taking my first peek into the "secret garden" my eyes lit up like a little girl at Disneyland! The beautiful gardens smelled fresh and the lights sparkled and I immediately knew it was perfect! We met with the site manager (through previous owner) and loved everything we heard. We left the venue to tour other venues we had interest in and found ourselves making a U-turn half way to our next stop! We went right back to Franciscan Gardens and signed a contract!

My fiance and I had serious nerves when the change of ownership occurred. We do not feel the previous owner had communicated well and that was disappointing, however as we began receiving contact from the new site manager, Ann we quickly realized things were for the better. 24 Carrots honored all aspects of our original contract and the site manager was wonderful with coordinating with the (now) outside vendors. The overall transition was smooth and the site manager met with us to give us a tour of the "new" and improved facility.

I was very sad it rained on our wedding day because we had to rent a tent (which was a large addition to our budget that we had not anticipated). Ann worked hard to break the cost of the tent rental though and although the white tent initially put a hiccup in the magic of the garden, once the wedding began, we hardly noticed the tent! :)

The venue was perfect. The surrounding area with the train tracks, and historic mission was ideal for pictures and it was hands-down the perfect day! I would recommend Franciscan Gardens to my closest friends because I know they would be in good hands! Read less
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mohayes
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
It was a little nerve racking to find out that a change of ownership occurred just before my daughter's wedding. However, the new owners were great to work with. They brought a lot of professionalism to the event. And I feel like I got the best of both worlds since the site manager had a lot of experience with the venue from the old guard.
I received so many compliments on the site. It's the perfect place for a garden wedding. And once the sun goes down, the lighting is great for dancing and partying.
It was a little nerve racking to find out that a change of ownership occurred just before my daughter's wedding. However, Read more...
It was a little nerve racking to find out that a change of ownership occurred just before my daughter's wedding. However, the new owners were great to work with. They brought a lot of professionalism to the event. And I feel like I got the best of both worlds since the site manager had a lot of experience with the venue from the old guard.
I received so many compliments on the site. It's the perfect place for a garden wedding. And once the sun goes down, the lighting is great for dancing and partying. Read less
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Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was held on Friday, April 9th, 2010 - the first wedding to take place at Franciscan Gardens after it underwent new ownership by 24 Carrots Catering & Events. What could have been a total nightmare for us (imagine your wedding venue being sold and everything changing hands exactly 1 week before your wedding date - eek!), actually ended up being a complete blessing!! Luckily we had already been using 24 Carrots as our caterer, so it worked out perfectly - Lynn Rinek, our coordinator from 24 Carrots stepped in and did an AMAZING job for us. I actually think that this new ownership is going to do a world of good for Franciscan Gardens. We experienced a few difficulties along the way during our planning with the previous owner (for example, he ripped out the stage and put in a gazebo just 1 month before our wedding without any prior warning, causing us to have to re-arrange our entire floor plan and re-work our contract with the band we'd hired & rent a stage, etc etc - we were rather annoyed!). So, in my opinion the new ownership is fantastic news. 24 Carrots did an incredible job - not just with the food, but with everything - we couldn't have been happier. And, we are still receiving compliments from our guests who said it was one of the most personal, beautiful, fun wedding venues they'd ever been to. Being able to have the ceremony & reception all in one courtyard made logistics a breeze - the transition from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception set-up was managed brilliantly by 24 Carrots & their staff. We were able to have a loud band and a GREAT party until midnight - complete with a sparkler-tunnel grand exit at the end, which we really loved. The venue itself has a beautiful bridal suite where we women got ready, and the groom's lounge downstairs has a pool table and sofas that the guys enjoyed! And, we actually turned the groom's lounge into a 'childcare room' during the reception, which parents loved! Everything is so convenient at this venue. We had 155 guests - and it was the perfect size. Its location is great too - and, for a $50/hour fee, you can have photos done at The Mission SJC across the street, which turned out beautifully! I highly recommend Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots Catering & Events! You'll have a beautiful wedding here if you choose this venue.
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Our wedding was held on Friday, April 9th, 2010 - the first wedding to take place at Franciscan Gardens after it underwent new ownership by 24 Carrots Catering & Events. What could have been a total nightmare for us (imagine your wedding venue being sold and everything changing hands exactly 1 week before your wedding date - eek!), actually ended up being a complete blessing!! Luckily we had already been using 24 Carrots as our caterer, so it worked out perfectly - Lynn Rinek, our coordinator from 24 Carrots stepped in and did an AMAZING job for us. I actually think that this new ownership is going to do a world of good for Franciscan Gardens. We experienced a few difficulties along the way during our planning with the previous owner (for example, he ripped out the stage and put in a gazebo just 1 month before our wedding without any prior warning, causing us to have to re-arrange our entire floor plan and re-work our contract with the band we'd hired & rent a stage, etc etc - we were rather annoyed!). So, in my opinion the new ownership is fantastic news. 24 Carrots did an incredible job - not just with the food, but with everything - we couldn't have been happier. And, we are still receiving compliments from our guests who said it was one of the most personal, beautiful, fun wedding venues they'd ever been to. Being able to have the ceremony & reception all in one courtyard made logistics a breeze - the transition from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception set-up was managed brilliantly by 24 Carrots & their staff. We were able to have a loud band and a GREAT party until midnight - complete with a sparkler-tunnel grand exit at the end, which we really loved. The venue itself has a beautiful bridal suite where we women got ready, and the groom's lounge downstairs has a pool table and sofas that the guys enjoyed! And, we actually turned the groom's lounge into a 'childcare room' during the reception, which parents loved! Everything is so convenient at this venue. We had 155 guests - and it was the perfect size. Its location is great too - and, for a $50/hour fee, you can have photos done at The Mission SJC across the street, which turned out beautifully! I highly recommend Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots Catering & Events! You'll have a beautiful wedding here if you choose this venue. Read less
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24carrots
Wedding:
4/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens is now under new ownership. 24 carrots catering & events is now the operating owner of this spectacular venue. You can be assured that 24 carrots will be providing the very best customer service, incredible catering and very outstanding staff. Widely known as one of the top catering and event planning companies in Southern California, 24 carrots is dedicated to making Franciscan Gardens the "hot spot" of South Orange County...
Franciscan Gardens is now under new ownership. 24 carrots catering & events is now the operating owner of this spectacular Read more...
Franciscan Gardens is now under new ownership. 24 carrots catering & events is now the operating owner of this spectacular venue. You can be assured that 24 carrots will be providing the very best customer service, incredible catering and very outstanding staff. Widely known as one of the top catering and event planning companies in Southern California, 24 carrots is dedicated to making Franciscan Gardens the "hot spot" of South Orange County... Read less
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Joi
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful, and my wedding was lovely and memorable. I loved working with Anne Watson, and later Ashley Pyle. Anne is incredibly friendly and courteous, and because of the venue's great price range, was able to work with my budget and give us a great ceremony and reception package. Ashley was really helpful the day of, and made herself available to help with setup and truly went above and beyond for us. She was also really organized, and responded very quickly to all of my questions.

Everyone loved the food and it tasted exactly like it did during the tasting at 24Carrots. Our appetizers were the bacon wrapped scallops, and wasabi mashed potatoes with glazed beef, and everyone enjoyed the hell out of them! They also really liked the tray passed service. For dinner, we had chicken parmigiana and the mahi mahi with pasta, and it was incredible! Everything was perfectly prepared and people went back for seconds and thirds. The staff was incredible as well, they brought my husband and I plates of prepared food, so we could spend more time at our little sweetheart table. They transformed the ceremony area into a reception in no time. The bartender(s)? was/were amazing, and everyone was really positive and polite.

I highly recommend FG, but if you get married on a holiday weekend like I did double check the Amtrak schedules! FG gives you a list with all of the train times, but Amtrak had something weird happening the day of our wedding and our ceremony got blasted! I wanted to die at the time, but it's hilarious to think about now. There was nothing FG could do about the rogue train though and I am so glad we found this little piece of paradise in SJC!
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful, and my wedding was lovely and memorable. I loved working with Anne Watson, and later Read more...
Franciscan Gardens is beautiful, and my wedding was lovely and memorable. I loved working with Anne Watson, and later Ashley Pyle. Anne is incredibly friendly and courteous, and because of the venue's great price range, was able to work with my budget and give us a great ceremony and reception package. Ashley was really helpful the day of, and made herself available to help with setup and truly went above and beyond for us. She was also really organized, and responded very quickly to all of my questions.

Everyone loved the food and it tasted exactly like it did during the tasting at 24Carrots. Our appetizers were the bacon wrapped scallops, and wasabi mashed potatoes with glazed beef, and everyone enjoyed the hell out of them! They also really liked the tray passed service. For dinner, we had chicken parmigiana and the mahi mahi with pasta, and it was incredible! Everything was perfectly prepared and people went back for seconds and thirds. The staff was incredible as well, they brought my husband and I plates of prepared food, so we could spend more time at our little sweetheart table. They transformed the ceremony area into a reception in no time. The bartender(s)? was/were amazing, and everyone was really positive and polite.

I highly recommend FG, but if you get married on a holiday weekend like I did double check the Amtrak schedules! FG gives you a list with all of the train times, but Amtrak had something weird happening the day of our wedding and our ceremony got blasted! I wanted to die at the time, but it's hilarious to think about now. There was nothing FG could do about the rogue train though and I am so glad we found this little piece of paradise in SJC! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/26/2012
4.9/5.0
Loved everything about this place. I loved how it literally was like a hidden jewel. My husband and I got married here 05.26.12 and it was perfect. Dancing under the stars the intimate feeling with all family and friends.

They were very accommodating with everything
Loved everything about this place. I loved how it literally was like a hidden jewel. My husband and I got married here Read more...
Loved everything about this place. I loved how it literally was like a hidden jewel. My husband and I got married here 05.26.12 and it was perfect. Dancing under the stars the intimate feeling with all family and friends.

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jeannie
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.8/5.0
My daughter's wedding reception was here and it was beautiful. Anne & Abbi helped us plan the perfect reception adn were very flexible in accommodating our ideas. All the guests raved about how spectacular the reception was.
My daughter's wedding reception was here and it was beautiful. Anne & Abbi helped us plan the perfect reception adn were Read more...
My daughter's wedding reception was here and it was beautiful. Anne & Abbi helped us plan the perfect reception adn were very flexible in accommodating our ideas. All the guests raved about how spectacular the reception was. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
8/4/2013
4.7/5.0
Ashley and Aimee, the detail coordinator and the catering coordinator at Franciscan Gardens, were both a dream to work with. They were so patient working with me as I changed my mind, added some details last minute, etc. They did an awesome job setting the venue up on the day of and making a dream come to reality. People commented on how cute the venue was and how delicious the food was, which isn't always the case for wedding food. They gave me some vendor recommendations, as well, that turned out great. Renting the venue itself is a little pricier than I'd liked, but it's on par with the area.

Ps- ashley and aimee are very calm, which is nice for a bride, as we can get a little stressed as the big day approaches. I'd recommend this venue and the team working behind the scenes!
Ashley and Aimee, the detail coordinator and the catering coordinator at Franciscan Gardens, were both a dream to work Read more...
Ashley and Aimee, the detail coordinator and the catering coordinator at Franciscan Gardens, were both a dream to work with. They were so patient working with me as I changed my mind, added some details last minute, etc. They did an awesome job setting the venue up on the day of and making a dream come to reality. People commented on how cute the venue was and how delicious the food was, which isn't always the case for wedding food. They gave me some vendor recommendations, as well, that turned out great. Renting the venue itself is a little pricier than I'd liked, but it's on par with the area.

Ps- ashley and aimee are very calm, which is nice for a bride, as we can get a little stressed as the big day approaches. I'd recommend this venue and the team working behind the scenes! Read less
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Ally
Wedding:
8/24/2012
4.3/5.0
Franciscan Gardens was very flexible in accommodating our budget along with food selection and rental equipment. I would definitely recommend them to everyone!
Franciscan Gardens was very flexible in accommodating our budget along with food selection and rental equipment. I would Read more...
Franciscan Gardens was very flexible in accommodating our budget along with food selection and rental equipment. I would definitely recommend them to everyone! Read less
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Walshmee
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.3/5.0
Once 24 Carrots took over this place, it made a complete 180 turnaround! I loved all the people I worked with on my special day. Our wedding attendees are still raving about the beautiful garden setting. The overall day was glorious!
Once 24 Carrots took over this place, it made a complete 180 turnaround! I loved all the people I worked with on my Read more...
Once 24 Carrots took over this place, it made a complete 180 turnaround! I loved all the people I worked with on my special day. Our wedding attendees are still raving about the beautiful garden setting. The overall day was glorious! Read less
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flutt88
Wedding:
5/12/2007
4.2/5.0
We had the most beautiful stress free wedding! Lori was a great asset and she was always available for questions before the big day. Many of our guests said it was the most fun they had had at a wedding. The only snag that came along in the planning process was going against the vendor list. We wanted to use our own photographer, which was a process, but we were able to work it out. The vendor list is top notch though, and we were so happy with our other vendors!
We had the most beautiful stress free wedding! Lori was a great asset and she was always available for questions before Read more...
We had the most beautiful stress free wedding! Lori was a great asset and she was always available for questions before the big day. Many of our guests said it was the most fun they had had at a wedding. The only snag that came along in the planning process was going against the vendor list. We wanted to use our own photographer, which was a process, but we were able to work it out. The vendor list is top notch though, and we were so happy with our other vendors! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
10/9/2011
4.1/5.0
Anne was absoultely amazing. Very friendly and personable. Meeting with Abbi, the event planner was also a nice experience, she was patient with us as we made our final decisions. I wish they would have informed us ahead of time that the buffet was only a single line which made i take a really long time to get through all the guests. The servers were all very attentive and were always asking us what we needed the whole night. There were a couple things I wish would have gone more smoothly - I hoped that the wedding arch would be moved over to the sweetheart table like we had discussed, there were a couple of things that were missing too which we had paid for, no fries or heaters, which we didn't realize until after the wedding because the weather was so great that night. Overall I would recommend this place because of all the great staff here, just check and double check what you want to have before and during (hopefully with the help of a wedding coordinator). It is a beautiful venue.
Anne was absoultely amazing. Very friendly and personable. Meeting with Abbi, the event planner was also a nice Read more...
Anne was absoultely amazing. Very friendly and personable. Meeting with Abbi, the event planner was also a nice experience, she was patient with us as we made our final decisions. I wish they would have informed us ahead of time that the buffet was only a single line which made i take a really long time to get through all the guests. The servers were all very attentive and were always asking us what we needed the whole night. There were a couple things I wish would have gone more smoothly - I hoped that the wedding arch would be moved over to the sweetheart table like we had discussed, there were a couple of things that were missing too which we had paid for, no fries or heaters, which we didn't realize until after the wedding because the weather was so great that night. Overall I would recommend this place because of all the great staff here, just check and double check what you want to have before and during (hopefully with the help of a wedding coordinator). It is a beautiful venue. Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
5/31/2012
3.6/5.0
We turned our venue into a magical night. Although the venue staffed changed hands several times in the few months we had to deal with them, we felt we were treated fairly. A few things that need to have some attention are - the landscaping, there is alot of dead or wilting plants, shrubs, etc. I feel like there needs to be landscapers there after every wedding either cleaning up the the plants or re-planting so that the surrounding landscape always looks pristine. Sweeping up after each event will do good too. I felt we had to do a lil cleaning up in the garden area prior to decorating our selves, not alot of detail goes into making sure the garden stays perfect for the next couple. The admin fees you have to pay to get married here are very expensive, to me its its like for what? what are you doing for me for these fees?

Although my wedding was beyond magical, i must say its a sweet little venue, but some changes need to be made to the upkeep of the place.
We turned our venue into a magical night. Although the venue staffed changed hands several times in the few months we had Read more...
We turned our venue into a magical night. Although the venue staffed changed hands several times in the few months we had to deal with them, we felt we were treated fairly. A few things that need to have some attention are - the landscaping, there is alot of dead or wilting plants, shrubs, etc. I feel like there needs to be landscapers there after every wedding either cleaning up the the plants or re-planting so that the surrounding landscape always looks pristine. Sweeping up after each event will do good too. I felt we had to do a lil cleaning up in the garden area prior to decorating our selves, not alot of detail goes into making sure the garden stays perfect for the next couple. The admin fees you have to pay to get married here are very expensive, to me its its like for what? what are you doing for me for these fees?

Although my wedding was beyond magical, i must say its a sweet little venue, but some changes need to be made to the upkeep of the place. Read less
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Kaleigh
Wedding:
7/15/2007
2.6/5.0
We had a great time at the franciscan gardens during our wedding. The location is absolutely beautiful and we love the city. Our pictures turned out incredible. I would reccomend this location to others. The only problem we had with the location were the rules they have set in stone. It is easy to have a standard wedding there but if your looking for something unique or if you have special or different plans in mind, (ie a friend playing your music or pringing in your own vendors...etc) thats when things get sticky. Yes, it is a great and beautiful location but watch the details and pre-approved vendor list.
We had a great time at the franciscan gardens during our wedding. The location is absolutely beautiful and we love the Read more...
We had a great time at the franciscan gardens during our wedding. The location is absolutely beautiful and we love the city. Our pictures turned out incredible. I would reccomend this location to others. The only problem we had with the location were the rules they have set in stone. It is easy to have a standard wedding there but if your looking for something unique or if you have special or different plans in mind, (ie a friend playing your music or pringing in your own vendors...etc) thats when things get sticky. Yes, it is a great and beautiful location but watch the details and pre-approved vendor list. Read less
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bree
Wedding:
5/16/2010
1.7/5.0
Since the gardens has new owners they have completly made changes that will hurt this venue. It is a great spot to have any event, however...the new staff and owners are rude to their customers and employees. I am truly sad that the gardens was not sold to some other owner, it is a great shame that they will be taking away the grooms room and you will also only be able to use there food and beverages. I would not use 24 carrots for any reason, and i am not a prospective buyer. I was a client
Since the gardens has new owners they have completly made changes that will hurt this venue. It is a great spot to have Read more...
Since the gardens has new owners they have completly made changes that will hurt this venue. It is a great spot to have any event, however...the new staff and owners are rude to their customers and employees. I am truly sad that the gardens was not sold to some other owner, it is a great shame that they will be taking away the grooms room and you will also only be able to use there food and beverages. I would not use 24 carrots for any reason, and i am not a prospective buyer. I was a client Read less
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Franciscan Gardens responded with the following comments:

This is obviously a review from a disgruntled person that wanted to purchase this venue. We did not take away the grooms room and we've made over $150,000 in improvements. Furthermore, we also own 24 carrots catering & events, which is one of the most highly sought after catering companies in all of Southern California. We hope that people will see through this attempt to damage a polished company and that prospective clients will stop by and see for themselves.

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