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Outdoor Art Club

Mill Valley , CA

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Mill Valley, CA US

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Madeline
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.3/5.0
We were very happy with this lovely venue for the wedding reception. It is a 108 year old facility built in 1904 by architect Bernard Maybeck and is lovingly cared for by a group of docents in Mill Valley who care for it, give tours of it and dote over it. Which is why it is in great shape. There are some strict rules about no nails, tacks, push pins fasteners, tape, etc to attach decorations so one must be very creative---but it is doable! Also no candles. But it is an old building and they want it to last another 108 years so I understand. Otherwise it was truly a great venue for cocktails outside, then dinner, toasts, cake and dancing until 11pm. After that you really can't be too noisy or the police are called which is another drawback (no one called them on us and we were pretty loud--but I was nervous). The facility held 115 people quite comfortably and we moved about 5 tables out of the way for the dancing portion of the evening. No one seemed to care. Those who didn't dance went to the outdoors bar and enjoyed the beautiful evening. The gardens surrounding the venue are lovely! You feel a million miles from daily life yet you are in the center of downtown Mill Valley. (Another drawback is the bad parking situation because it is in a downtown area). I would do another event here again in a heartbeat because the facility is so great though. The fees are affordable and not over the top ridiculous like many other places in Marin County.
We were very happy with this lovely venue for the wedding reception. It is a 108 year old facility built in 1904 by Read more...
We were very happy with this lovely venue for the wedding reception. It is a 108 year old facility built in 1904 by architect Bernard Maybeck and is lovingly cared for by a group of docents in Mill Valley who care for it, give tours of it and dote over it. Which is why it is in great shape. There are some strict rules about no nails, tacks, push pins fasteners, tape, etc to attach decorations so one must be very creative---but it is doable! Also no candles. But it is an old building and they want it to last another 108 years so I understand. Otherwise it was truly a great venue for cocktails outside, then dinner, toasts, cake and dancing until 11pm. After that you really can't be too noisy or the police are called which is another drawback (no one called them on us and we were pretty loud--but I was nervous). The facility held 115 people quite comfortably and we moved about 5 tables out of the way for the dancing portion of the evening. No one seemed to care. Those who didn't dance went to the outdoors bar and enjoyed the beautiful evening. The gardens surrounding the venue are lovely! You feel a million miles from daily life yet you are in the center of downtown Mill Valley. (Another drawback is the bad parking situation because it is in a downtown area). I would do another event here again in a heartbeat because the facility is so great though. The fees are affordable and not over the top ridiculous like many other places in Marin County. Read less
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Celia
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
The Outtdoor Art Club is one of my favorite places and it was perfec for our wedding. I love the rustic feeling and the beautiful garden. Amazing place to get hitch!
The Outtdoor Art Club is one of my favorite places and it was perfec for our wedding. I love the rustic feeling and the Read more...
The Outtdoor Art Club is one of my favorite places and it was perfec for our wedding. I love the rustic feeling and the beautiful garden. Amazing place to get hitch! Read less
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Sherry
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.6/5.0
This was a beautiful location, they were excellent to work with and provided us a wonderful experience
This was a beautiful location, they were excellent to work with and provided us a wonderful experience
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Carol
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.8/5.0
The Outdoor Art Club is one of the most beautiful wedding wenues in Marin. It is private, beautiful and has everything you need. If you are getting married in Marin you need to check out this venue.
The Outdoor Art Club is one of the most beautiful wedding wenues in Marin. It is private, beautiful and has everything you Read more...
The Outdoor Art Club is one of the most beautiful wedding wenues in Marin. It is private, beautiful and has everything you need. If you are getting married in Marin you need to check out this venue. Read less
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swags
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
We loved having our wedding at the OAC. It's nice being the only wedding onsite, and having the space for longer than 5 hours, unlike most venues. Our friends and family could come set-up early in the morning, and we hung out there in the early afternoon before the wedding. It's a beautiful spot for an on-site ceremony too. We loved it!
We loved having our wedding at the OAC. It's nice being the only wedding onsite, and having the space for longer than 5 Read more...
We loved having our wedding at the OAC. It's nice being the only wedding onsite, and having the space for longer than 5 hours, unlike most venues. Our friends and family could come set-up early in the morning, and we hung out there in the early afternoon before the wedding. It's a beautiful spot for an on-site ceremony too. We loved it! Read less
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Alyson
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Outdoor Art Club and could not have been happier with our choice. We LOVED this location.
It is such a charming venue - romantic, intimate, and an historic Arts & Crafts building. All of our guests complimented us on the setting, and because the building and gardens are so beautiful, it requires very little added decoration.
The rental director, Laureen, deserves 6 stars. She was incredibly, incredibly helpful and kind. She answered all emails super promptly, she arranged with the city to get permits to reserve the parking space in front of the building for us, she even offered to store our small wedding cake in her own personal home refrigerator because we needed to bring it over from Oakland the day before the wedding. At a time of so much coordinating, it was wonderful to have our site director be so helpful
Another bonus - the rental fee gets you the site from 8 am until 1 am on the day of the wedding - so no time restrictions to consider when planning your event.
This was an amazing wedding venue!
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Outdoor Art Club and could not have been happier with our choice. We Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Outdoor Art Club and could not have been happier with our choice. We LOVED this location.
It is such a charming venue - romantic, intimate, and an historic Arts & Crafts building. All of our guests complimented us on the setting, and because the building and gardens are so beautiful, it requires very little added decoration.
The rental director, Laureen, deserves 6 stars. She was incredibly, incredibly helpful and kind. She answered all emails super promptly, she arranged with the city to get permits to reserve the parking space in front of the building for us, she even offered to store our small wedding cake in her own personal home refrigerator because we needed to bring it over from Oakland the day before the wedding. At a time of so much coordinating, it was wonderful to have our site director be so helpful
Another bonus - the rental fee gets you the site from 8 am until 1 am on the day of the wedding - so no time restrictions to consider when planning your event.
This was an amazing wedding venue! Read less
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bigfatass
Wedding:
5/9/2009
4.2/5.0
The OAC was the place for our wedding this May. I loved the history of this Arts & Crafts building. Bernard Maybeck is an important turn of the century architect in the Bay Area, and I liked having the opportunity to incorporate my college art history classes into my wedding. I also loved incorporating the history into the shabby chic decor. (Hint for brides having your wedding there, use sage green table cloths that match the trim, and white centerpieces. It keeps the place light and pretty.)

There seems to be a lot of rules, but once you know the regulations, all the docents and facility manager is a dream.

Our guests stayed in San Francisco, but we had a shuttle for out-of-towners. The weather in Mill Valley is so much more predictable and warmer than San Francisco. The drive over the Golden Gate and Marin was quite a treat for them.
The OAC was the place for our wedding this May. I loved the history of this Arts & Crafts building. Bernard Maybeck is an Read more...
The OAC was the place for our wedding this May. I loved the history of this Arts & Crafts building. Bernard Maybeck is an important turn of the century architect in the Bay Area, and I liked having the opportunity to incorporate my college art history classes into my wedding. I also loved incorporating the history into the shabby chic decor. (Hint for brides having your wedding there, use sage green table cloths that match the trim, and white centerpieces. It keeps the place light and pretty.)

There seems to be a lot of rules, but once you know the regulations, all the docents and facility manager is a dream.

Our guests stayed in San Francisco, but we had a shuttle for out-of-towners. The weather in Mill Valley is so much more predictable and warmer than San Francisco. The drive over the Golden Gate and Marin was quite a treat for them. Read less
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