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Situated in Vista, California, River Garden Wedding & Event Venue is a picturesque getaway nestled in the heart of Southern California. Lending a dash of al fresco charm to Suburban San Diego County, this venue can provide the backdrop for your entire once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Though close to State Route 78 and San Diego International Airport, the property evokes a sense of tranquility that will surely endear your nearest and dearest. Owners Matt and Amy Stoehr invite you and your partner to say “I do” at this Golden State gem.

Facilities and Capacity

River Garden Wedding & Event Venue can host up to 350 of your friends and relatives. With 36,000 square feet of flexible event space, the property boasts a mix of indoor and outdoor settings. Your guests are sure to be delighted by the calming waterfalls and immaculate gardens, details that contribute to the venue’s relaxing vibe. You can say “I do” at the covered patio area before exploring the idyllic grounds. Receptions also take place outside, allowing you and your loved ones to dance the night away beneath the stars.

Services Offered

At River Garden Wedding & Event Venue, the team will endeavor to bring your vision to life without a hitch. The team can attend to every facet of your occasion. You can rent the whole property for up to 12 hours, and you have the freedom to bring in your own choice of vendors. Arches, tables, chairs, bar services and lighting are just a few of the many event items that can be provided for an additional cost.


Matt and Amy Stoehr originally arrived in Vista to work as pastors. Passionate about bringing people together, they made it their mission to establish an event venue that would welcome soon-to-be newlyweds from all over California. After decades of dreaming, the duo fulfilled their ambition and opened River Garden Wedding & Event Venue in the 2010s.

Full-wedding venue rental ranges from $6,250-$9,250. Please see our Pricing PDF for our full price list.

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Brooke Married on 04/16/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Garden of Eden Vibes

We loved our wedding at River Garden! The venue itself is breathtaking and there are so many beautiful areas to take photos, we couldn't get to it all! The venue is only a few years old and they are constantly upgrading it with new features and beautiful landscaping. The staff was organized and kind, setting us up with everything we needed for the day to run smoothly which it absolutely did. We also enjoyed the fact that we could cater from any restaurant, hire our own bartender, and buy our own alcohol instead of needing to order from the venue. That helped to lower the cost a little.
Jo Ana Married on 04/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding

We struggled so much finding a venue that fit our budget and honestly we couldn’t find genuine people, we ran into a lot of vendors just wanting to book the place. River Garden is nothing like those. The owners are true genuine people who want you to be happy, not just get you to sign a contract. Hanna and John Luke did an AMAZING job making sure everything went off without a hitch. Their communication was top notch and again they just wanted to make sure you were stress free in your planning process. The both of them were such blessings when it came to talking about vendors, layouts and everything. Altogether I wouldn’t hesitate to book with them. The venue is breathtaking and so calming.
Kennie L. Married on 03/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding venue - really!

We had the best experience with River Garden and highly recommend this spot to couples!! It’s so beautiful, the staff is so kind, and it really feels like a hidden gem in Vista. Caleb and I have gotten so many compliments on this venue. We ended up having a rainy day wedding and as the bride, I did not have to worry at all because the staff at RG immediately took care of it and made sure guests were warm and dry - even though it’s a fully outdoor venue! The vendor list RG provides is also incredible as we used a lot of their recommended vendors. The communication was always quick, kind, and easy. Again, we feel so blessed to have gotten married here and it was truly such a magical, beautiful day!!
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Hanna Holford
Hanna Holford
Sales Manager

I am so excited to have the opportunity to be able work with couples on creating their most perfect day! Being able to help create special moments and memories is why I truly love what I do here :). Looking forward to chatting with you about River Garden!

Becca Lerum
Becca Lerum
Venue Manager

I am so grateful to get to be a part of the most important day of so many people’s lives! Getting to know each couple personally, is the best part of my job. Each couple is so unique and special, and I love seeing how the details of their wedding day reflect their love story! I am so excited to hopefully meet and work with you to create your perfect day at River Garden!

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