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Pricing Information

These prices are available for the months of April through December. These prices are available for the months of December through March.
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Reception
$3,500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,500 starting price

About

Dark Horse Estate is a barn-style wedding venue located in El Cajon, California. Originally built as an equestrian property, this family-owned-and-operated venue provides an idyllic landscape for wedding celebrations. Here, you and your guests can delight in rustic event spaces, exceptional customer service, and beautiful vistas for an unforgettable occasion.

Facilities and Capacity

Dark Horse Estate offers an array of indoor and outdoor event spaces, perfect for hosting a range of wedding celebrations. Manicured gardens, a treelined driveway, a putting green, and rustic design touches all contribute to producing a pleasing and dreamy country aesthetic. Outside, you can say your heartwarming vows underneath a wedding arch surrounded by the natural serene beauty of the hills of El Cajon. Afterward, you can escort your family and friends into the barn for a night full of entertainment and dancing. In addition, newlyweds can stay on-site in the venue's accommodations. Their four-bedroom cottage is perfect for pre-ceremony preparations and overnight stays. Hosting an exclusive 12-15 wedding per year.

Services Offered

Dark Horse Estate offers many services to give you a stress-free and enjoyable wedding experience. The professional staff goes above and beyond to bring the couple's vision to life. Their team prides themselves on their unparalleled service. Other than receptions and ceremonies, this property can host wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and elopements. Rental also includes a variety of tables and chairs for your convenience. Setup and cleanup will be handled by on-site event staff. To ensure that your special day is completely tailored to your desires, the administration here allows outside vendors to come in and work your event.

  • Black-owned
  • Woman-owned
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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?

$5,000

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

$3,500

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?

$2,000

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

$1,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Parking

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Barn
Farm/Ranch
Garden
Inn/B&B

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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Outside Alcohol

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December
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Kathryn W. Married on 03/25/2023
1 out of 5 rating

Terrible people- do not book anything here!

Kristen and Charles are terrible, unethical and immoral people. Our son and his fianc茅 booked their wedding last June for a March 25th wedding of this year.. We actually flew out from Hawaii to tour the venue on January 12th, to plan their event, take pictures and book the cottage. Charles even took the final payment from me. Kristen never even showed up to meet us , then called my soon be DIL literally 6 days after we had been there, and told her that they were canceling the event because they sold the property...Stating that they had gone into foreclosure...Leaving us literally 2 months to find a new venue and rearrange ALL of the
vendors !! I know alllll about real estate and I know damn well that these two knew well before we spent over a thousand dollars flying over, renting a car and hotels to see their venue that they were in trouble!! They NEVER indicated to us that anything was wrong...And Charles had the balls to still take my money, knowing full well that they were going to cancel the wedding!!! They are both disgusting human beings with no moral compass, trustworthiness or honesty what so ever...PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ANYTHING WITH THESE TWO BOTTOM DWELLING PIECES OF CRAP !! I HOPE THEY BOTH ROT IN HELL !!
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Kristen Threatt
Kristen Threatt
Owner/Coordinator

Hello Beautiful!

My name is Kristen and I will be your point of contact for Dark Horse Estate. I am one half of the husband/wife duo! As a former high school English teacher of 7 years, planning and attention to detail is my specialty. As a recent bride myself, my goal is to make the wedding planning process as stress free as possible! Building this small family business has been my dream, and I can not wait to share my passion and love of love with you!

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Dark Horse Estate frequently asked questions

Dark Horse Estate includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Parking
The space offered by Dark Horse Estate for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Inn/B&B
Dark Horse Estate offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Dark Horse Estate offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Dark Horse Estate offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Dark Horse Estate offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
Dark Horse Estate is recommended by 20% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 1.0 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 1 in quality of service, 1 in average response time, 1 in flexibility, 1 in professionalism and 1 in value.
Dark Horse Estate currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion for wedding services.

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