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Villa Montalvo at Montalvo Arts Center

Saratoga , CA
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15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95070 US (map)

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408-961-5856

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Nestled against a wooded slope in the private and secluded Saratoga hills is VILLA MONTALVO at Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex with a variety of venues for concerts, weddings,... Read more
Nestled against a wooded slope in the private and secluded Saratoga hills is VILLA MONTALVO at Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex with a variety of venues for concerts, weddings, corporate events and private parties. For weddings, the focal point of this estate is its beautiful Mediterranean-style mansion, Villa Montalvo. Built in 1912 as the private summer residence of Senator James Duval Phelan, this National Register Historic Landmark is now home to an arboretum and a nonprofit center for the arts.

An inviting one-way road leads up to Villa Montalvo. As you round the last turn, you get your first glimpse of the estate’s expansive manicured lawns and colorful gardens, as well as the mansion’s terracotta-tile roof, light stucco walls and wide veranda. To your left, you’ll also see the Love Temple, one of two ceremony sites on the grounds; it’s an open-air, white-columned pavilion set at the end of a wide brick path featuring historic marble statues. Couples get married on its steps, with a view of the surrounding Mediterranean garden and the Villa and woods in the background.

Directly behind the Villa, the Oval Garden offers a lush garden setting complete with classical statues and wisteria-covered pergolas. This open-air courtyard is an intimate and delightful place for a ceremony; a brick pathway serves as the center aisle, and a column-supported arcade is the backdrop for taking vows.

On June 9th, 2016, we christened a brand new garden, the West Lawn Garden, adjacent to the Oval Garden. It can easily seat over 300 for a wedding ceremony. It has a beautiful lawn, pergola and is surrounded by lush landscaping and 100 year old trees. It's also another area for the cocktail reception following a ceremony in the Oval Garden.

The Villa’s entire first floor, verandas, courtyards, gardens and outdoor grounds are available for ceremonies and seated dinners for up to 350 guests (more for stand-up receptions or with tenting). For larger weddings, up to 400 guests can be accommodated by tenting the Great Lawn. After the ceremony, guests can mingle in the Spanish Courtyard, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then move onto the Veranda for a majestic seated dinner while enjoying splendid views of the Great Lawn. The ornate fireplaces can be filled with glowing candles in the summer or warm cozy fires in the winter. Wedding ceremonies & receptions can be held indoors during the winter months. We look forward to meeting with you and touring the historic Villa and gardens.
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Vintage, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Rosemary
Wedding:
9/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Kathleen and Tiffany go above and beyond to ensure your wedding is over the top. Easy to work with and very responsive.
Kathleen and Tiffany go above and beyond to ensure your wedding is over the top. Easy to work with and very responsive.
Kathleen and Tiffany go above and beyond to ensure your wedding is over the top. Easy to work with and very responsive. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Fairytale Wedding!!

Villa Montalvo is the best wedding venue in the bay area, hands down! It exudes elegance, art, sophistication and grandeur. You will feel like a Princess and your husband will feel like a Prince! It felt like getting married at a castle.

I can't say enough about the venue and the staff is excellent as well.

Kathleen and Tiffany are very professional and had the experience to put me at ease. I loved the quality of the vendors they recommend and the flexibility to use my own vendors.

Villa Montalvo is absolutely stunning!!!
Fairytale Wedding!!

Villa Montalvo is the best wedding venue in the bay area, hands down! It exudes elegance, Read more...
Fairytale Wedding!!

Villa Montalvo is the best wedding venue in the bay area, hands down! It exudes elegance, art, sophistication and grandeur. You will feel like a Princess and your husband will feel like a Prince! It felt like getting married at a castle.

I can't say enough about the venue and the staff is excellent as well.

Kathleen and Tiffany are very professional and had the experience to put me at ease. I loved the quality of the vendors they recommend and the flexibility to use my own vendors.

Villa Montalvo is absolutely stunning!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
DREAM WEDDING LOCATION!!!!

Villa Montalvo is the most gorgeous wedding venue in the Bay Area! All of our wedding guests said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! The Villa and the grounds are absolutely stunning! We loved that we could get married outside and then each part of the reception was in a different section of the Villa so that guests could flow from inside to outside and around the villa with ease.

Every part of our wedding day was even better than I dreamed of as a little girl! From getting ready in the bridal suite over looking the great lawn, to walking down the long, grandiose aisle and saying our vows in the gorgeous Italian Garden, to cocktail hour in the courtyard next to the fountain, to dinner on the veranda watching the sunset, to cutting our cake in the stunning floor to ceiling glass-windowed room, to dancing the night away in the ballroom, everything was just spectacular! I felt like a princess marrying my prince in a castle!

I have nothing but love and praise for the staff! My husband and I live out of the country so planning the wedding from afar could have been quite difficult, but Kathleen and Tiffany made everything so easy and fun for us! They were so flexible and detail-oriented and had such great advice & recommendations. They are true professionals and are so sweet!

Getting married at Villa Montalvo was truly a magnificent experience and one that we will never forget!
DREAM WEDDING LOCATION!!!!

Villa Montalvo is the most gorgeous wedding venue in the Bay Area! All of our wedding Read more...
DREAM WEDDING LOCATION!!!!

Villa Montalvo is the most gorgeous wedding venue in the Bay Area! All of our wedding guests said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! The Villa and the grounds are absolutely stunning! We loved that we could get married outside and then each part of the reception was in a different section of the Villa so that guests could flow from inside to outside and around the villa with ease.

Every part of our wedding day was even better than I dreamed of as a little girl! From getting ready in the bridal suite over looking the great lawn, to walking down the long, grandiose aisle and saying our vows in the gorgeous Italian Garden, to cocktail hour in the courtyard next to the fountain, to dinner on the veranda watching the sunset, to cutting our cake in the stunning floor to ceiling glass-windowed room, to dancing the night away in the ballroom, everything was just spectacular! I felt like a princess marrying my prince in a castle!

I have nothing but love and praise for the staff! My husband and I live out of the country so planning the wedding from afar could have been quite difficult, but Kathleen and Tiffany made everything so easy and fun for us! They were so flexible and detail-oriented and had such great advice & recommendations. They are true professionals and are so sweet!

Getting married at Villa Montalvo was truly a magnificent experience and one that we will never forget! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
Villa Montalvo is a beautiful and enchanting place for a wedding. I actually went to Villa Montalvo for a science class outing and fell in love then. The grounds are impeccably kept. The mansion is beautiful and an incredible place to be. The scenery alone is worth it. We booked an extra hour early because there isn't much flexibility staying late, and we were very happy with how the timing worked out. The Villa worked with us on some of our requests, and they were very understanding and always helpful.
Villa Montalvo is a beautiful and enchanting place for a wedding. I actually went to Villa Montalvo for a science class Read more...
Villa Montalvo is a beautiful and enchanting place for a wedding. I actually went to Villa Montalvo for a science class outing and fell in love then. The grounds are impeccably kept. The mansion is beautiful and an incredible place to be. The scenery alone is worth it. We booked an extra hour early because there isn't much flexibility staying late, and we were very happy with how the timing worked out. The Villa worked with us on some of our requests, and they were very understanding and always helpful. Read less
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Veronica
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. We chose this venue based off my dad's recommendation (he used to study on the lawn in front of the villa back in the 70s), and we were absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

Pros:
- Event Coordinators: Tiffany and Kathleen are fantastic to work with. I was a young bride who had not been to many weddings prior to this, and I chose to do all the wedding planning on my own. They were extremely responsive, helpful, and pleasant in all interactions.
- Event flow: Each segment of the event (ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, cake cutting, etc.) was in a different section of the villa, which helped keep our guests engaged throughout the event.
- Decor: The villa and the grounds are so beautiful on their own that we ended up saving a TON on decorations (no lighting was necessary, too!)

Cons:
- Event window: Your rental contract states that you have access to the grounds from 2PM-11PM, with all guests needing to leave at 10PM on the dot. Though they have beautiful dressing rooms for the bridal party, I recommend doing the more intensive services like hair and makeup off grounds in order to allot yourself enough time for pictures and everything else. The girls ended up getting ready at a salon in Palo Alto and then carpooling over, so it really wasn't an issue for us.
- Hotels: Not many in the area. Again, not that big of a deal for us.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. We chose this venue based off my dad's recommendation (he used to study on the lawn in front Read more...
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. We chose this venue based off my dad's recommendation (he used to study on the lawn in front of the villa back in the 70s), and we were absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

Pros:
- Event Coordinators: Tiffany and Kathleen are fantastic to work with. I was a young bride who had not been to many weddings prior to this, and I chose to do all the wedding planning on my own. They were extremely responsive, helpful, and pleasant in all interactions.
- Event flow: Each segment of the event (ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, cake cutting, etc.) was in a different section of the villa, which helped keep our guests engaged throughout the event.
- Decor: The villa and the grounds are so beautiful on their own that we ended up saving a TON on decorations (no lighting was necessary, too!)

Cons:
- Event window: Your rental contract states that you have access to the grounds from 2PM-11PM, with all guests needing to leave at 10PM on the dot. Though they have beautiful dressing rooms for the bridal party, I recommend doing the more intensive services like hair and makeup off grounds in order to allot yourself enough time for pictures and everything else. The girls ended up getting ready at a salon in Palo Alto and then carpooling over, so it really wasn't an issue for us.
- Hotels: Not many in the area. Again, not that big of a deal for us. Read less
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Patricia
Wedding:
8/1/2015
4.9/5.0
We held both our ceremony and reception at Villa Montalvo. It's such a beautiful venue and our guests kept commenting on how amazing it was. We are truly fortunate to be able to get married here.

Kathleen and Tiffany were so great to work with - they provided great advice throughout the planning process and were always extremely responsive to our questions.
We held both our ceremony and reception at Villa Montalvo. It's such a beautiful venue and our guests kept commenting on Read more...
We held both our ceremony and reception at Villa Montalvo. It's such a beautiful venue and our guests kept commenting on how amazing it was. We are truly fortunate to be able to get married here.

Kathleen and Tiffany were so great to work with - they provided great advice throughout the planning process and were always extremely responsive to our questions. Read less
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Tammi
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.8/5.0
Kathleen was a true professional who provides great advice and is very on top of things. The Villa was perfect for our wedding of 140 guests, but easily could have accommodated up to 200. We got a ton of compliments on the venue and loved the indoor/outdoor feel of it. We provided shuttle transportation from the hotel, which was a great move to get everyone there and home comfortably and safely!

There is plenty of room to get ready and, while there are rules (as expected) about setup and tear down, everyone was flexible and reasonable during the entire event. One added benefit is most of our vendors had worked at Villa Montalvo before and had also worked with one another, so this made the entire event run smoothly.
Kathleen was a true professional who provides great advice and is very on top of things. The Villa was perfect for our Read more...
Kathleen was a true professional who provides great advice and is very on top of things. The Villa was perfect for our wedding of 140 guests, but easily could have accommodated up to 200. We got a ton of compliments on the venue and loved the indoor/outdoor feel of it. We provided shuttle transportation from the hotel, which was a great move to get everyone there and home comfortably and safely!

There is plenty of room to get ready and, while there are rules (as expected) about setup and tear down, everyone was flexible and reasonable during the entire event. One added benefit is most of our vendors had worked at Villa Montalvo before and had also worked with one another, so this made the entire event run smoothly. Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
8/19/2010
3.8/5.0
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the staff was easy to work with. They let me bring in my own vendors and worked well with all of them. The parking can be an issue so it's best to think about that when planning your invite list. My wedding photos are like a dream with this beautiful Villa as the background. Picture perfect!
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the Read more...
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the staff was easy to work with. They let me bring in my own vendors and worked well with all of them. The parking can be an issue so it's best to think about that when planning your invite list. My wedding photos are like a dream with this beautiful Villa as the background. Picture perfect! Read less
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kate from San Jose
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the classic "it" venue in Northern California, if it's good enough for a U.S. Senator... (say no more.)
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the Read more...
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the classic "it" venue in Northern California, if it's good enough for a U.S. Senator... (say no more.) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very private location but open space. Lots of greenery and flowers that allow for a natural backdrop (don't need to spend too much money on decorations). I love how the villa is divided into different areas (oval garden, love temple for ceremony, spanish courtyard for cocktail area, solarium for cake/dessert table, dinning room for coffee and tea, main room for dance floor, library for guest lounge area, front terrace for reception dinner, bridal suite upstairs with enough rooms and lounge area to accommodate the wedding party and family, beautiful glass window and stair case that I used for first look photos) - great flow throughout the event. The venue itself is a great way to set the tone for the event. Though it is definitely on the higher price point, I do believe it is worth it and was able to cut down on decoration & flower costs to make up for the budget. Kathleen was great to work with (very professional and helpful in providing suggestions and sharing experiences from other weddings), but due to high volume requests and the amount of events to plan for, her responses may be delayed (please be patient).
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very Read more...
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very private location but open space. Lots of greenery and flowers that allow for a natural backdrop (don't need to spend too much money on decorations). I love how the villa is divided into different areas (oval garden, love temple for ceremony, spanish courtyard for cocktail area, solarium for cake/dessert table, dinning room for coffee and tea, main room for dance floor, library for guest lounge area, front terrace for reception dinner, bridal suite upstairs with enough rooms and lounge area to accommodate the wedding party and family, beautiful glass window and stair case that I used for first look photos) - great flow throughout the event. The venue itself is a great way to set the tone for the event. Though it is definitely on the higher price point, I do believe it is worth it and was able to cut down on decoration & flower costs to make up for the budget. Kathleen was great to work with (very professional and helpful in providing suggestions and sharing experiences from other weddings), but due to high volume requests and the amount of events to plan for, her responses may be delayed (please be patient). Read less
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