St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is a wedding venue and non-profit organization located in El Cajon, California, that serves adults with developmental disabilities through innovative programs designed to empower and educate. The center’s two-acre organic garden is cared for and cultivated by a team of dedicated staff and students. By choosing St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center as your wedding venue, you will be supporting and strengthening the local community. Rental proceeds provide scholarship funds, adaptive equipment, transportation, job development, art programs and so much more to 400-plus adults with developmental disabilities in the San Diego area.
Facilities and Capacity
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center can accommodate up to 250 wedding guests in its indoor and outdoor event spaces. Just inside the gates of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s “secret garden,” visitors are transported into a tranquil oasis filled with fragrant lavender and sweet citrus. Under the shade of the mature flowering palo verde tree is the perfect spot to see your love flourish surrounded by citrus orchard, pergola, flower gardens, gazebo, ornamental trees, succulents and boutique vineyard. At every turn and through every pathway, St. Madeleine Sophie Center’s beautifully lush gardens provide the perfect backdrop for any couple's special day.
At St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, couples may host a myriad of wedding events, including bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and elopements. The center offers event rentals, a space for the wedding party to get ready for the wedding, as well as liability insurance. Couples have the freedom to personalize their day by bringing in their own vendors to assist them with all of their wedding-day needs on the day of their celebration at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. We also offer suggestions for trusted vendors that have worked with our facility. Venue staff will be on hand day of to answer any questions you may have in regards to the space and its amenities. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is a pet-friendly venue. There is ample parking for couples and their guests on their wedding day at the center.
*Please note, our outdoor rental spaces will be unavailable November 2019 through March 2020 due to extensive construction. Please contact about your prospective date for availability.
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Katie Clark · Married on 06/08/2019
Beautiful Venue, Great People to work with!
St. Madeline’s Sophie Center will forever be a special place for me and my husband. We had the best experience working with Nichole as our event coordinator from the venue! The grounds are beautiful! All of my guests loved the venue and were surprised at this hidden gem! The price is amazing! The people are wonderful and all the proceeds go to their non-profit to help adults with disabilities. No tax and no gratuity added! It’s a win-win!! Highly recommend, especially if you want the freedom to make your wedding your own without all the hidden fees and mandatory vendor usage that come with other venues!!Sent on 08/06/2019
Beverley · Married on 05/06/2017
Besides being a beautifully well appointed and maintained garden venue, the staff at St. Madeleine Sophie's Center treats your event with the best service and attention to details. We have created many stunning weddings and parties in the organic gardens and around the pool. There are so many space choices for a ceremony, a cocktail party, holiday party or any event. There is good access to the garden and parking for your guests, including paths and ramps for disabled guests. St. Madeleine Sophie's Center recently added additional overhead market lighting to the garden which makes a magical atmosphere after dark.Sent on 08/30/2018
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