Weddings

Bard Mansion

Port Hueneme, CA View map

About

The Bard Mansion is a beautifully restored over 100 years old historic mansion with romantic views and antique charm. The mansion is located on Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme and was built by Senator Thomas Bard for his wife Mollie and their 8 children. The classically elegant ballroom, plush oak bar, antique library, grand foyer, beautiful outdoors gardens, and sparkling chandeliers create the ideal venue for any event. The main ballroom at the mansion can hold up to 150 people and the garden gazebo area is a perfect ceremony space.

This venue includes all tables, chairs, built-in bar, dancefloor, linens and on-site catering including service staff. The ballroom does feature a small stage area that is perfect for a band or head table. All the rooms are handsomely dressed with stained wood paneling, velvet draped windows and photos of the family who used to reside there.

This mansion is the home of so many memories throughout it's historic years...let your's begin here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$8

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
Limited Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
Rated
4.7
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Recommended by 94% of couples
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    Alisha Married on 07/23/2016
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    My Fiancé and I chose Bard Mansion for several reasons. Price was a huge factor - It is extremely reasonable. Beauty and historical significance was also a big reason we chose this venue, a true gem of Ventura County. The staff is wonderful and it is obvious that they are old hats in the business, no request we made was to much for them. The food was delicious, the chocolate fondue was a BIG hit. They even have a coordinator/manager to help you in the planning with the mansion, Jessica is the "super woman" of the mansion and she knows her stuff - love you Jessica!
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    My husband and I were so thankful and incredibly relieved to stumble upon Bard Mansion (esp. after extensive research/visits with other venues!) We were on a very tight budget and we were very surprised by how reasonable it was to pay for the whole shebang (wedding + reception.) Our ceremony was outdoors in the cute little gazebo behind the mansion and the reception was inside the mansion. There's no venue fee and you pay according to the amount of guests (aka food) you'll be bringing in. Jessica Maheux is the coordinator and she was a pleasure to work with. Always very prompt and informative.

    Pros: It's absolutely beautiful there! Just check out all of the pictures on the "Bard Mansion Wedding" Pinterest board. It's nice and set apart. (As I said, my husband and I were looking into "cheap" options: parks, churches, museums, unconventional places... but with the costs of renting tables, plates, & dance floor + hiring a caterer + dealing with random strangers popping in, we realized that we would be saving a lot of MONEY and a lot of STRESS by choosing Bard Mansion.) I got ready in the upstairs area with my bridesmaids. The staff there is incredible! Our DJ came over 4 hours late and the staff really jumped into action to help us keep things moving smoothly. We had a buffet and the staff actually stepped in and released table by table to the buffet at a nice pace. The dance floor was so fun (when the DJ finally came!)

    Challenges:
    Since it's located on a navy base, you need to send in government issued ID information for EACH guest under 18 (aka Drivers License, Name, birthdate, and State.) We had many international guests at our wedding and the protocol was even more extreme for them: they needed to send in a copy of their passport. ALSO... each international guest had to be personally escorted onto the base in a special van. This took quite some time for Jessica (who was amazing!)
    Lastly, it got quite hot inside as the night went on.
    Overall: AMAZING!
  • User2088128 2+ years ago
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    We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Bard Mansion, and it was wonderful. The ceremony was in the backyard at the gazebo, which was surrounded by trees full of singing birds, and the reception was held in the mansion. The main room was set up very nicely and the glass doors let in a lot of natural light, folks enjoyed wandering from the dining room to the bar and patio, and around the rooms in the mansion filled with historical memorabilia from the Bard family. Jessica, the event manager, was great, she was very responsive and helpful, she answered all of my questions, and was present and available the entire day of the event. The food was tasty and the whole thing was very reasonable financially, for a ceremony and reception for ~60 people with hors d'oeuvres, lunch, cake, champagne, and an open bar, everything came in just under $5k. I will say that there are some limitations that come with having your wedding on a Naval Base. We needed to send our guest list with information about the guests, like SSN, two weeks ahead of the wedding so that everyone could go through a background check. This isn't an issue if you have friends and family who already have military IDs. We also had a really hard time finding vendors who would submit information for their drivers to get background checks so they could bring the cake and flowers on base, and my Mom wound up picking up the flowers and cake and driving them over herself. If you're a DIY kinda gal, or you know someone in the Navy who can order things from you on the Naval base, this shouldn't be an issue.

    Bard Mansion's reply:

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your wedding and you're right the pricing is great! We've actually also just changed the gate list process to make it much easier for everyone to get on base (no social any more)!

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Bard Mansion frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Bard Mansion?

Bard Mansion includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Bard Mansion, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Bard Mansion includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At Bard Mansion, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Bard Mansion includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • Limited Bar

What are the most important characteristics of Bard Mansion in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Bard Mansion for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Bard Mansion for wedding events?

Bard Mansion offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Bard Mansion offer?

Bard Mansion offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does Bard Mansion offer for wedding events?

Bard Mansion offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does Bard Mansion have available for wedding events?

Bard Mansion offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Bard Mansion and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Bard Mansion is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.3 in flexibility.

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