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The Forster Mansion

San Juan Capistrano , CA
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LOCATION

27182 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA US 92675 (map)

PHONE

949-661-6676

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ABOUT US

Behind a gate, in the heart of historic San Juan Capistrano, surrounded by lush gardens, stands a 100 year-old Grand Mansion in pristine condition. Orange County's "new" premiere event... Read more
Behind a gate, in the heart of historic San Juan Capistrano, surrounded by lush gardens, stands a 100 year-old Grand Mansion in pristine condition. Orange County's "new" premiere event venue... THE FORSTER MANSION.

Hold your wedding or event in the splendor of The Forster Mansion, the most extraordinary venue in Orange County. The Forster Mansion is historic estate with timeless beauty to provide you a setting unlike any other. Your guests will enjoy experiencing world-famous San Juan Capistrano, along with the serene gardens and historic architecture at this stunning Spanish-style estate. For those who desire a day that is intimate, elegant and exceptionally private, then The Forster Mansion is your destination.

Call today to book your free private consultation and tour. (949) 292-9506 Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
Payed a $5,000 deposit and they went out of business!!!! And they never told me!!!! I noticed their Facebook page went down and I tried calling and the number and been changed. I have yet to hear from anyone to tell me what is going on. I'm out $5,000 and have 5 months now to find a new venue. Arpi Evans is a fraud. Good luck to any other brides out there in my situation.
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mrsknoll52
Wedding:
6/25/2011
3.9/5.0
This place was awesome, but no longer hosts weddings.
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City Gal
Wedding:
1/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Love, love, love this place and the people who operate it!! Just had my Wedding here in January (2011) and they are AMAZING!!! They add things for free, make all the arrangements for you - take all the pressure off and their package is a steal and a deal! My guests are raving and they only hold one event a day so no rush, no pressure we were allowed to come hours before the ceremony to get ready and relax. Pictures turned out fabulous and not a detail was spared. To have a fabulous perfect wedding day.... THIS IS IT!! I wouldn't change a thing and recommend them to everyone.
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Cat the Bride
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
A Dream Wedding in an Amazing Place - GREAT CHOICE!

We wanted to have a unique private wedding that was fun and elegant yet we couldn't afford the Ritz. In the end what we found was better for us! The Historic Forster Mansion! Great food - Great Service - Beautiful Site!

Below I have listed some of the many things we loved from the first meeting until our Wedding day.
1. They did or arranged for practically everything!
(for a fraction of the price of a wedding planner.) The flowers, the cake, the string quartet, the DJ and got much better rates than we ever could have -- believe me, I checked!
2. They worked with my budget and gave us more extras than we could have imagined - for example they upgraded the wine and they even set up the lounge area because they knew how badly we wanted it - yet had to cut it out at the end.
3. They did an excellent job with the timeline of the wedding and reception it went smoothly and without a hitch.
4. Our guests loved the tent, the front with the fountain and touring the home. We are still getting emails from everyone.
5. Arpi, Monica and Maria, who ran everything for us and the entire staff at the Wedding were friendly and helpful - they fed the vendors we forgot and even helped with a last minute bridesmaid dress malfunction.
6. What is REALLY nice about being a Bride at Forster is they like having one Wedding a day and they are super flexible about the Bridal Party coming early.
7. I had several last minute changes - about napkin colors and flowers they were so nice about it and made it happen.
8. A Special note - we were excited to leave that night,and they allowed us to leave the gifts there until Monday for a family member to pick-up. (Along with other things left behind.)
8. Finally everything was as I hoped it would be and more!
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL DAY! C.
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Happiest Bride Ever
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
I am a HAPPY BRIDE!! This was the best choice for a wonderful carefree and PERFECT day!

First I was the only bride of the day. They were awesome and flexible about when we could arrive (4 hours before the ceremony) and our florist was allowed to set up early because she did have another wedding that day. Everyone at the Forster Mansion Staff was so nice to our guests. The valet is included (BONUS!) The tent with twinkle lights and Chandelier made our guests ooh and aahh. I got a great value and they did sooo much more - snacks in our suite, fed all our vendors for free and someone on staff even ran out and bought a couple of items we forgot.
Thank you for our perfect day! J & L
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vboggs
Wedding:
10/3/2009
0.7/5.0
Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! After reading this review, if you still decide to use them, make sure you get EVERYTHING in writing before you send them your deposit. They will nickel and dime you for whatever they can and don?t be fooled by their kindness in the beginning. Please don?t make the same mistake I did, I would hate for any bride to go through it. Please BEWARE!

Cons (Top ten reasons not to use Forster Mansion):

1.They don?t allow alcohol in their tent/backyard!!! I almost couldn?t believe it! Forster Mansion never told me that they do not allow our guests to have alcohol in their reception area! They allowed us to have one toast with champagne and their servers immediately took away all the champagne from our guests immediately after. They even had a bouncer/security guard, RUDELY, telling our guests that alcohol is not permitted in the reception area. I found out all of this after our wedding when my guests told me!

2. My guests didn?t eat the cake! I?ve had many complaints from my guests that the servers took away their cake too fast. Some went to the bathroom after taking one bite and when they came back, their cake was gone! This happened to all the guests I spoke to. My husband and I experienced the same as well.

3.Valet service was late!!!! Our wedding invitation states that ceremony begins at 4:30pm at Forster Mansion. The valet service from Forster did not show up until exactly 4:30pm. Some of our guests had to park the car themselves! The parking at Forster Mansion is not very convenient and confusing, but I thought the valet would be there early, so I was not worried about it. I was wrong and my guests had to figure out the parking situation by themselves, then walk up a flight of stairs!

4.Horrible sound system! They made our DJ switch his speaker/sound equipment that day! On our wedding day, they told our DJ he can?t use his own PA/Speaker system and that he had to use Forster?s speakers so that it is not too loud! Forster didn?t even have the decency to let us know prior to our wedding date. Due to this change, our DJ had problems with setting up our video montage, music, etc?The sound from the Forster speakers were horrible! Everything sounded muffled, muted and very low. Don?t expect your guests to dance the night away with those speakers! We had several complaints from the neighbors, so I think this is why Forster requires their own speakers. The neighbors seem very intolerant of the noises.

5.Bad communication/responses! I would have to email at least two to three times before receiving any answers and the few phone calls that I did make were never returned.

6.Get everything in writing! Don?t make the mistake I did by trusting them. I was told that the tax and tip were definitely included in my final total amount. I emailed/faxed them a reminder that the tax/tip is in fact included in the final amount just in case they forgot (of course, they never responded). A few days before my wedding date, they told me that I will have to pay the tax/tip (a few thousand dollars extra!).

7.Bad service! The Forster Mansion staff (not a single one of them) helped us clean up. Thank goodness I hired my own planner, she had to do EVERYTHING on her own with the help of my family and friends.

8.Undisclosed costs! At our tasting (with another couple!), we were given two salads to choose from, a Caesar and a Rasberry salad. We chose the Rasberry and were told the week of the wedding that the Rasberry is another EXTRA CHARGE! We changed it to the Caesar since we could not afford it along with the extra tax/tip charge.

9.Last minute changes! Forster Mansion asked my planner if I would be willing to change my wedding colors the week of my wedding! Forster wanted me to add on chargers, drapes, etc?.for my wedding and bring up my cost! They asked if I would be willing to change my colors so I could add drapes on the tent (they thought it would look nicer).

10.Rude! My sister called while we were on our honeymoon to inquire about some things that may have been left at Forster, they were rude to her and very mean! I?m hurt as I thought they were truly very nice people in the beginning, a big mistake I made!

Pros:

1.Good food! Their executive chef is amazing and very nice. He was accommodating to anything we wanted and his recipes are delicious!

2.Snacks! Forster Mansion had a plate of sandwiches/cheese/snacks in our bridal suite prior to the wedding ceremony for the girls.

3.The Forster Mansion is a charming house. The venue is gorgeous (besides being next to a busy street) and romantic.
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