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Green Gables Estate

San Marcos, CA View map Visit website
4.7 out of 5 rating
43 reviews
$14k - $17k For 100 Guests
Up to 425 guests


$14k - $17k For 100 Guests
Up to 425 guests

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The completely private, secluded, historic venue opens exclusively for your ceremony and reception. The estate is host to one wedding per day.

Circa 1890’s Twinkle Lit Gardens

High on a breezy hilltop, as you walk up the garden path through the historic forest, you’ll step into this enchanting secluded wonderland. In the shade of its giant turn-of-the-century forest, this landmark garden estate is surrounded by ivy covered arbors, rose gardens, trickling fountains, unique statutory, and thousands of twinkle lights throughout.

Venue Timeline

11.5 hours on the private, historic estate

•. 3 hours in the Style Salon

•. 2.5 hours in the Schoolhouse Photo-shoot Parlor & Gentlemen's Speakeasy

•. 5 hours for your celebration

•. 1 hour available after grand exit

Bridal Parlor

When you enter this grand, multi-story parlor, you will be awestruck by the 30 ft. cathedral ceilings, full length mirrors, eclectic blend of furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer natural lighting, perfect for photos. This impressive bridal suite accommodates even the largest bridal parties.

Gentlemen’s Speakeasy

This exclusive Gentlemen's Speakeasy is furnished with comfortable leather seating, handcrafted specialty light fixtures and unique brass decorative elements. A second hidden entry door leads to a dimly-lit room with a sleek wooden bar. This private, clandestine space is specifically designed for your wedding party to enjoy, relax and unwind.

Ceremony Sites

Choose from three outdoor ceremony sites. Each site is shaded for the comfort of you and your guests.

Natural Forest

Say “I do” beneath the trunk of the bent-wood landmark tree with the forest as your backdrop.

Historic House

Start your life together on the steps of this historic house. At your first kiss, the bell will ring in the bell tower.


This open-air, natural setting is the perfect option for the DIY couple. Choose an in-house arch or bring your own unique backdrop or huppah.

Round Ceremony Backdrop

Heart of the Garden Reception

Experience the best of both worlds, under the shaded forest, veiled by billowing drapery, you will be surrounded by designer gardens filled with blooming floral, historic trees, and trickling fountains.

Ceremony & Reception Seating

Guest table options include round or banquet style seating with white full-length linen draped to the floor. Choose from elegant white chivari chairs, fruitwood chivari chairs or other options à la cart. Ceremony seating is set in the shade of the historic gardens.

Custom Color Cloth Napkins

Choose from 38 perfect color cloth napkin choices to complement your design theme and tablescape. Other color fabric upgrades available to rent à la carte.

Elegant Candelabras & Décor

Choose from various candelabras, tall rustic candle holders, lily bowls, cylinder vases, shepherds hooks, glass votive holders, table number stands, artisan-inspired ivory candle cages, or provide your own.

Unique Props & Furniture from the Decor Catalog

For additional pieces, shop from the one-of-a-kind décor catalog full of design items that you may rent à la carte in the historic gardens.

Wedding Planning

Our proven team of wedding professionals will provide a superlative level of coordination and support to assist you through the wedding planning process, rehearsal and your wedding day.

Handcrafted Culinary Experience

Private Executive Chef

Your award-winning Chef celebrates three decades of exceptional culinary expertise. Former sous-chef for the Hotel del Coronado and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Culinary Tasting Event

You’re invited to enjoy a culinary celebration where you will handcraft your custom menu and delight in Chef’s savory pairings.

Handcrafted Menu

Craft your menu by pairing two gourmet classic entrées, two accompaniments, and your choice of a flavorful variety of crisp leafy green salads. Served with fresh-baked artisan breads and specialty butters.

For social or cocktail hour, select four classic hors d'oeuvres. Upgrades available.

Dinner Service Styles

Artful Dinner Stations

These fun, free-flowing dinner stations create a mingling environment for interaction between family and friends and are a crowd pleaser for all palettes. Served on European-style china.

Family Style

Gather together to share a delicious meal. This traditional dinner service encourages socializing around the table, connecting your two families into one. Served in elegant family-sized bowls and platters.

Seated Plated Dinner Service*

Each guest shall pre-select the entrée of their choice. Butlers will provide table-side, seated service on white china plates.

Plentiful Classic Buffet

Guests will serve themselves on china plates from a line of chaffing dishes.

*Upgrade per person fee applies

Full Service Catering Personnel

Appropriately-attired catering personnel attend to your event to ensure a high level of service and attention to detail.

Governor’s Bar

You have the freedom to craft the perfect bar menu. This historic bar out of the Governor's mansion offers the option of a full bar. Select beer, wine & spirits of your choice.

Refreshment Bar

This open-air presentation of thirst-quenching refreshments and chilled beverages is sure to be eagerly enjoyed by your guests. Includes a beautifully appointed light and refreshing lemonade, iced water, gourmet coffee and a medley of flavored teas.

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Banquet Hall
Historic Building

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Covered Outdoor
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Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Engagement Party

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All Inclusive Packages
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Catering Services
Clean Up
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Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
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Pet Friendly
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Cocktail Reception
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Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

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Champagne Toast
Open Bar
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Chair Covers
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Wheelchair Access
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    Jasmine J. Married on 08/21/2022
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    Beautiful Venue and Amazing Staff!

    We did a tour of Twin Oaks and Green Gables (both owned by Trademark Venues). The moment we started the tour, we felt like the staff knew what they were doing. We felt at ease with the process and stunned by the beauty of both venues. We ended up choosing Green Gables for its beautiful ceremony grounds under the big pepper tree. We also felt it was a fair price for what they offered. Definitely recommend!
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    Connie C. Married on 06/25/2022
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    Magical Venue, Delicious Food, and Amazing Staff!

    We loved Green Gables Estate so much. It was the perfect venue for 265 guests and if you really like magical, rustic vibes! They can even go higher to accommodate 300 guests. The decorations, staff, and our coordinator were just perfect! We really liked our coordinator Sage. She was absolutely great to work with and she followed our timeline so well. Without her, our day would not have been so perfect. She helped us solve any issues that came up during the wedding and she was very on top of things. The food was also so delicious. We ordered Tri tip and the Shrimp and Salmon Farfalle Pasta which was delicious!! Their menu always changes since it's all locally grown ingredients and seasonal. However, their chefs are really amazing! We really liked how they offered family style as an option to serve dinner. Basically family style is a buffet style brought right to the tables. The bartenders also did an excellent job keeping the line moving and getting everyone drinks (sometimes a little heavy on the pour ;) ). Thank you to everyone at Trademark Venues and all of the staff at Green Gables!!
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    Meghan S. Married on 09/09/2020
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    THE PLACE to get married in the Northern San Diego County area

    From the second we walked onto the grounds of this establishment we knew this was the place to say our "I Do's". Hidden away in it's own little oasis is this beautiful old white school house and SO much greenery you feel like you're in a secret garden. The grooms suite has been transformed into a 1920s-Gatsby style speakeasy and is absolutely incredible, while the bridal suite is INSIDE the old white schoolhouse. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Every piece of this property is absolutely stunning and we cannot WAIT to get married here! The staff is so friendly and accommodating; our tour guide (Jill, I believe?) was adorable and super nice listening to every concern or question we had.
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