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Rancho Del Cielo Malibu

Malibu , CA
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Malibu, CA US 90265 (map)

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Geo
Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We recently had our wedding at Rancho Del Cielo in July. We originally started our planning process with Avesta, but she no longer with Rancho Del Cielo and they now have new staff, Kim, Cathy and Jake who are all very easy to work with and definitely get the job done! The entire planning process is great! When visiting their home, expect to be greeted with ear to ear smiles, espresso and biscotti’s and an adorable dog, Hoover. Jill was so happy when discussing the plans for our wedding and makes you feel like an old friend. Everyone truly made us feel like family and like they really cared about our day. Everything was handled with ease and turned out great the day of!

We opted for their Celeste package because we had a wedding of under 75 guests. This was perfect because it came with the tables, linens, floral, DJ, caterers, etc. Everyone they work with is very talented! On our day, when our guests arrived, everyone was amazed with the view and many said it was the best wedding they had ever been to! This venue is so quaint, vintage, and eclectic. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!

Thank again to everyone at Rancho Del Cielo who made our day a dream. They are memories we will cherish for a lifetime!
We recently had our wedding at Rancho Del Cielo in July. We originally started our planning process with Avesta, but she Read more...
We recently had our wedding at Rancho Del Cielo in July. We originally started our planning process with Avesta, but she no longer with Rancho Del Cielo and they now have new staff, Kim, Cathy and Jake who are all very easy to work with and definitely get the job done! The entire planning process is great! When visiting their home, expect to be greeted with ear to ear smiles, espresso and biscotti’s and an adorable dog, Hoover. Jill was so happy when discussing the plans for our wedding and makes you feel like an old friend. Everyone truly made us feel like family and like they really cared about our day. Everything was handled with ease and turned out great the day of!

We opted for their Celeste package because we had a wedding of under 75 guests. This was perfect because it came with the tables, linens, floral, DJ, caterers, etc. Everyone they work with is very talented! On our day, when our guests arrived, everyone was amazed with the view and many said it was the best wedding they had ever been to! This venue is so quaint, vintage, and eclectic. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat!

Thank again to everyone at Rancho Del Cielo who made our day a dream. They are memories we will cherish for a lifetime! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Ceremony Music, DJ, Flowers, Officiant, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Brooke
Wedding:
7/11/2014
5.0/5.0
The owners Jill and Sparky make you feel like part of the family. The setting is so intimate and breathtakingly beautiful. Everyone at the wedding commented that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended... AND IT DIDNT BREAK THE BANK!
The owners Jill and Sparky make you feel like part of the family. The setting is so intimate and breathtakingly beautiful. Read more...
The owners Jill and Sparky make you feel like part of the family. The setting is so intimate and breathtakingly beautiful. Everyone at the wedding commented that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended... AND IT DIDNT BREAK THE BANK! Read less
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Betsy
Wedding:
6/22/2013
3.4/5.0
I am very torn about Rancho del Cielo. It is without question the most beautiful, romantic, natural venue in all of SoCal. I cannot express how stunning it is, and how truly amazed my out-of-town family was when they got there. It takes very little decoration since the views at this venue are to die for. The owners, Sparky and Jill, are absolutely lovely, and dealing with them was a fantastic experience.

The cons:

Their site coordinator, Avesta, is infuriating to deal with. While she seems to be a kind person, she refuses to respond to anything prior to a week before the wedding. I can't begin to count how many unanswered emails were sent and phone calls were made, and when she did respond, she was disorganized and often confused. I knew going in that this would be the case since all the reviews noted it, but if I hadn't known in advance what I was getting into, I think I would have torn my hair out. So many decisions about my wedding had to be made based on the knowledge that I couldn't depend on Avesta, so I needed to lean on vendors who knew the venue and could handle it. To top it off, she told me the day of the wedding that she was not going to be there most of the evening, even though I had paid her the mandatory (and expensive) fee to have her coordinate. Again, nothing I could do about it, but it was incredibly unprofessional, and probably for the better since I didn't exactly have faith in her management at that point anyway.

Also know that there is no indoor option, so it is weather dependent. Our day was beautiful, and Malibu is rather consistent and temperate, but it is a risk. Also, there are a lot of logistical things that need to be dealt with at this venue, between parking, shuttles, kitchen setup, etc. Know there are some extras steps you'll need to deal with at this venue compared to some other "all-in" venues.

Everything said, I'd choose RdC again if I had to do it over. Just make sure you have a good wedding coordinator!
I am very torn about Rancho del Cielo. It is without question the most beautiful, romantic, natural venue in all of SoCal. Read more...
I am very torn about Rancho del Cielo. It is without question the most beautiful, romantic, natural venue in all of SoCal. I cannot express how stunning it is, and how truly amazed my out-of-town family was when they got there. It takes very little decoration since the views at this venue are to die for. The owners, Sparky and Jill, are absolutely lovely, and dealing with them was a fantastic experience.

The cons:

Their site coordinator, Avesta, is infuriating to deal with. While she seems to be a kind person, she refuses to respond to anything prior to a week before the wedding. I can't begin to count how many unanswered emails were sent and phone calls were made, and when she did respond, she was disorganized and often confused. I knew going in that this would be the case since all the reviews noted it, but if I hadn't known in advance what I was getting into, I think I would have torn my hair out. So many decisions about my wedding had to be made based on the knowledge that I couldn't depend on Avesta, so I needed to lean on vendors who knew the venue and could handle it. To top it off, she told me the day of the wedding that she was not going to be there most of the evening, even though I had paid her the mandatory (and expensive) fee to have her coordinate. Again, nothing I could do about it, but it was incredibly unprofessional, and probably for the better since I didn't exactly have faith in her management at that point anyway.

Also know that there is no indoor option, so it is weather dependent. Our day was beautiful, and Malibu is rather consistent and temperate, but it is a risk. Also, there are a lot of logistical things that need to be dealt with at this venue, between parking, shuttles, kitchen setup, etc. Know there are some extras steps you'll need to deal with at this venue compared to some other "all-in" venues.

Everything said, I'd choose RdC again if I had to do it over. Just make sure you have a good wedding coordinator! Read less
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Pritha
Wedding:
4/6/2013
1.0/5.0
Although the venue is great, the venue coordinator of this location, Avesta, is absolutely the one person who has ruined the whole wedding planning process for me. My fiance and I booked the wedding a year and a half ago - we told her we are having a ceremony in India 5 months before the wedding, that I would need the directions and location information for the invitations ahead of time since we have family flying in from out of the country and we want to give everyone as much notice as possible. For FOUR MONTHS, I called and emailed, called and emailed, and my http://www.projectwedding.com/review/ww_handle_reviewfiance did the same...NOTHING!! I finally had to contact the wedding insurance company, and told them I need to cancel the wedding because nobody is getting back to me. The insurance company had to contact the owners of this property and informed them of my potential claim. Only at this point, was I given the owner's number and I contacted her. Although the owners are nice, it seems that they are not good or effective in employing people who know what they're supposed to do.

My suspicion is that Avesta is related to these owners because I cannot imagine anyone deeming this woman competent enough to play the role she is hired to play for Rancho Del Cielo. If you are considering getting married at RDC, don't...find another place in Malibu. There are plenty of them and pending that the people who manage those locations have at least 4 working brain cells, you'll be much better off.
Although the venue is great, the venue coordinator of this location, Avesta, is absolutely the one person who has ruined Read more...
Although the venue is great, the venue coordinator of this location, Avesta, is absolutely the one person who has ruined the whole wedding planning process for me. My fiance and I booked the wedding a year and a half ago - we told her we are having a ceremony in India 5 months before the wedding, that I would need the directions and location information for the invitations ahead of time since we have family flying in from out of the country and we want to give everyone as much notice as possible. For FOUR MONTHS, I called and emailed, called and emailed, and my http://www.projectwedding.com/review/ww_handle_reviewfiance did the same...NOTHING!! I finally had to contact the wedding insurance company, and told them I need to cancel the wedding because nobody is getting back to me. The insurance company had to contact the owners of this property and informed them of my potential claim. Only at this point, was I given the owner's number and I contacted her. Although the owners are nice, it seems that they are not good or effective in employing people who know what they're supposed to do.

My suspicion is that Avesta is related to these owners because I cannot imagine anyone deeming this woman competent enough to play the role she is hired to play for Rancho Del Cielo. If you are considering getting married at RDC, don't...find another place in Malibu. There are plenty of them and pending that the people who manage those locations have at least 4 working brain cells, you'll be much better off. Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.8/5.0
I wanted an outdoor venue that represented Southern California living at its best. I was also looking for a place that was unique and a space that was private so we wouldn't have to run into another wedding. Rancho del Cielo had everything I was looking for. The owners, Jill and Sparky, are so gracious and Avesta, the site coordinator has RDC weddings down pat. Echoing earlier reviews, yes, it's more expensive because you have to bring everything in. Yes, they have certain vendors and requirements for you to follow. For good reason. And it's worth it. The views are breathtaking and stop you in your tracks. It's a gorgeous, charming place by day and transforms into a magical space at night. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the place was. Our wedding was such a special day and RDC provided a gorgeous backdrop.
I wanted an outdoor venue that represented Southern California living at its best. I was also looking for a place that was Read more...
I wanted an outdoor venue that represented Southern California living at its best. I was also looking for a place that was unique and a space that was private so we wouldn't have to run into another wedding. Rancho del Cielo had everything I was looking for. The owners, Jill and Sparky, are so gracious and Avesta, the site coordinator has RDC weddings down pat. Echoing earlier reviews, yes, it's more expensive because you have to bring everything in. Yes, they have certain vendors and requirements for you to follow. For good reason. And it's worth it. The views are breathtaking and stop you in your tracks. It's a gorgeous, charming place by day and transforms into a magical space at night. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the place was. Our wedding was such a special day and RDC provided a gorgeous backdrop. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
7/6/2012
4.4/5.0
My husband and I were looking for a unique venue that could help us capture the beauty of California for our guests who were all traveling from out of state for the wedding. Rancho del Cielo delivered beyond what we (and our guests) could ever have expected. While it does get pricey since you have to bring everything in, the views are so breathtaking and the property itself provides so much charm and warmth that you really don't need to spend money on too many extras.

I was a little disappointed in the lack of flexibility with some of the vendors you are required to use. They definitely have a set way of how they like to do things, but overall everything turned out beautiful and we couldn't have been happier. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how amazing the venue was!
My husband and I were looking for a unique venue that could help us capture the beauty of California for our guests who Read more...
My husband and I were looking for a unique venue that could help us capture the beauty of California for our guests who were all traveling from out of state for the wedding. Rancho del Cielo delivered beyond what we (and our guests) could ever have expected. While it does get pricey since you have to bring everything in, the views are so breathtaking and the property itself provides so much charm and warmth that you really don't need to spend money on too many extras.

I was a little disappointed in the lack of flexibility with some of the vendors you are required to use. They definitely have a set way of how they like to do things, but overall everything turned out beautiful and we couldn't have been happier. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how amazing the venue was! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Very beautiful location, amazing views and very nice/professional staff.
Very beautiful location, amazing views and very nice/professional staff.
Very beautiful location, amazing views and very nice/professional staff. Read less
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Salina
Wedding:
8/14/2010
3.6/5.0
Malibu Rancho Del Cielo is an AMAZING location and I can't imagine getting married anywhere else. The ocean bluff views are STUNNING, the grounds are green and the layout is perfect for weddings. The sunset view is picture perfect and there are a ton of prime photo op spots on the property. We've received so many compliments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the view, the vibe and the venue. Because this is a private residence wedding planning takes a lot more footwork than other venues and there are a number of of hidden costs (i.e., purchasing the insurance, lighting, generators, chair/table rentals, dance floor rental, shuttles, parking, site coordinator and garbage/clean-up, etc.-- which can add up to an additional $7K). But the venue really is stunning and worth the extra time and bucks.

That said, I read the cautions about Avesta (the mandatory cite coordinator--who handles items like showing you the venue, having you sign up the contract, shuttles and parking, and being present on the day of) before booking and would have to agree with the other reviewers in this regard. In showing the venue and signing up our contract, Avesta was very responsive, and on the day of, Avesta was present and plesant; however, she was difficult to get a hold of (sending a lot of follow up emails sometimes does the trick) and incredibly unorganized/scattered during the time between signing our contract (December 2009) and our actual wedding date (August 2010). For example, our shuttles booked through Avesta showed up at the wrong hotel initially and as a result some guests were 45 minutes late to the ceremony. Also, there was a whole lot of confusion regarding whether or not we would need generators in addition to those that our caterers were providing, and the confusion basically stemmed from Avesta telling our caterers one thing and Avesta telling me the complete opposite. I think Avesta means well, she just gets really busy and scattered sometimes.

Notwithstanding Avesta, if I could do it all over again, I would get married at Malibu Rancho Del Cielo over and over again. Our guests eventually got there in time for the ceremony and we had power for the lights/DJ on our big day. The weather was gorgeous, we had a star studded team of other vendors and had the "more fun than fancy" of our dreams (thanks large in part to our above and beyond wedding coordinator Amber Events). Avesta also offers her wedding coordinator services in addition to her cite coordination services and I would advise any brides to be to go with Amber Events instead. Amber is familiar with the venue, is familiar with Avesta and is truly amazing.
Malibu Rancho Del Cielo is an AMAZING location and I can't imagine getting married anywhere else. The ocean bluff views Read more...
Malibu Rancho Del Cielo is an AMAZING location and I can't imagine getting married anywhere else. The ocean bluff views are STUNNING, the grounds are green and the layout is perfect for weddings. The sunset view is picture perfect and there are a ton of prime photo op spots on the property. We've received so many compliments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the view, the vibe and the venue. Because this is a private residence wedding planning takes a lot more footwork than other venues and there are a number of of hidden costs (i.e., purchasing the insurance, lighting, generators, chair/table rentals, dance floor rental, shuttles, parking, site coordinator and garbage/clean-up, etc.-- which can add up to an additional $7K). But the venue really is stunning and worth the extra time and bucks.

That said, I read the cautions about Avesta (the mandatory cite coordinator--who handles items like showing you the venue, having you sign up the contract, shuttles and parking, and being present on the day of) before booking and would have to agree with the other reviewers in this regard. In showing the venue and signing up our contract, Avesta was very responsive, and on the day of, Avesta was present and plesant; however, she was difficult to get a hold of (sending a lot of follow up emails sometimes does the trick) and incredibly unorganized/scattered during the time between signing our contract (December 2009) and our actual wedding date (August 2010). For example, our shuttles booked through Avesta showed up at the wrong hotel initially and as a result some guests were 45 minutes late to the ceremony. Also, there was a whole lot of confusion regarding whether or not we would need generators in addition to those that our caterers were providing, and the confusion basically stemmed from Avesta telling our caterers one thing and Avesta telling me the complete opposite. I think Avesta means well, she just gets really busy and scattered sometimes.

Notwithstanding Avesta, if I could do it all over again, I would get married at Malibu Rancho Del Cielo over and over again. Our guests eventually got there in time for the ceremony and we had power for the lights/DJ on our big day. The weather was gorgeous, we had a star studded team of other vendors and had the "more fun than fancy" of our dreams (thanks large in part to our above and beyond wedding coordinator Amber Events). Avesta also offers her wedding coordinator services in addition to her cite coordination services and I would advise any brides to be to go with Amber Events instead. Amber is familiar with the venue, is familiar with Avesta and is truly amazing. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
I simply can't imagine getting married anywhere else in the world. My now husband and I almost didn't visit Rancho because of some negative reviews, and boy were we glad we ignored them! The owner, Jill, and the site manager, Avesta, were AMAZING. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming and immediately made us feel like family. The location is STUNNING with breathtaking views. Our guests were freaking out over the venue, and even commented on how attentive Avesta was to each of our guests! If I had to do it all over again I would pick Rancho del Cielo in a heartbeat. It is a magical, gorgeous place, and it was an honor to be married there.
I simply can't imagine getting married anywhere else in the world. My now husband and I almost didn't visit Rancho because Read more...
I simply can't imagine getting married anywhere else in the world. My now husband and I almost didn't visit Rancho because of some negative reviews, and boy were we glad we ignored them! The owner, Jill, and the site manager, Avesta, were AMAZING. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming and immediately made us feel like family. The location is STUNNING with breathtaking views. Our guests were freaking out over the venue, and even commented on how attentive Avesta was to each of our guests! If I had to do it all over again I would pick Rancho del Cielo in a heartbeat. It is a magical, gorgeous place, and it was an honor to be married there. Read less
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amberlynne
Wedding:
7/25/2010
2.8/5.0
The site is absolutely beautiful but the site manager, Avesta is a very difficult woman to work with. Ladies, tread carefully & hire your own planner. Also, they nickel & dime you for everything, so definitely read your contract carefully!
The site is absolutely beautiful but the site manager, Avesta is a very difficult woman to work with. Ladies, tread Read more...
The site is absolutely beautiful but the site manager, Avesta is a very difficult woman to work with. Ladies, tread carefully & hire your own planner. Also, they nickel & dime you for everything, so definitely read your contract carefully! Read less
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Dee
Wedding:
9/5/2009
4.6/5.0
The folks at Rancho Del Cielo made my dream wedding become a reality. No one in attendance could imagine how beautiful this location was. The photos don't do this place justice. It's absolute magic up there at night!

Having your wedding at RDC is expensive because you have to rent everything, but if you want a bespoke wedding, this is the place for you.
The folks at Rancho Del Cielo made my dream wedding become a reality. No one in attendance could imagine how beautiful Read more...
The folks at Rancho Del Cielo made my dream wedding become a reality. No one in attendance could imagine how beautiful this location was. The photos don't do this place justice. It's absolute magic up there at night!

Having your wedding at RDC is expensive because you have to rent everything, but if you want a bespoke wedding, this is the place for you. Read less
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LosAngelesLove
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
This venue, the owners (Jill and Sparky) and the coordinator (Avesta) went above and beyond to make everything perfect and we felt right at home everytime we were there. Our guests were speechless with from the views and execution of everything. This place is ONE of a kind!
This venue, the owners (Jill and Sparky) and the coordinator (Avesta) went above and beyond to make everything perfect and Read more...
This venue, the owners (Jill and Sparky) and the coordinator (Avesta) went above and beyond to make everything perfect and we felt right at home everytime we were there. Our guests were speechless with from the views and execution of everything. This place is ONE of a kind! Read less
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niccky
Wedding:
8/20/2006
5.0/5.0
I got married at Rancho Del Cielo in August 2006 and it was amazing. You cannot beat this venue for an outdoor wedding. The views are amazing, the owners are the sweetest people ever and Avesta helped me so much. I am so happy I chose this venue. I was able to really pick and choose how I wanted everything to look. Make sure to check it out if you are thinking of getting married in Malibu.
I got married at Rancho Del Cielo in August 2006 and it was amazing. You cannot beat this venue for an outdoor wedding. Read more...
I got married at Rancho Del Cielo in August 2006 and it was amazing. You cannot beat this venue for an outdoor wedding. The views are amazing, the owners are the sweetest people ever and Avesta helped me so much. I am so happy I chose this venue. I was able to really pick and choose how I wanted everything to look. Make sure to check it out if you are thinking of getting married in Malibu. Read less
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