Recommended by 84%
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Caili Chung · Married on 01/01/2019
This is such a gorgeous venue. The columns are majestic and the atmosphere of the place is just lovely. Everyone had so much fun and it felt so intimate and special.
Dana · Married on 08/06/2010
For a Friday afternoon wedding, the location was only $800. Kim was great to work with and we were very pleased with the location. Plenty of parking, good size for our wedding (about 50 people, but could have done 100+ and still been comfortable). I loved the outdoor setting, and we had a lot of compliments on the location. Highly recommend looking at this site! The only drawbacks-- you can not have amplified music outside (for us this was fine because my aunt played the fiddle for the ceremony), there is a limit of 1/2 bottle of alcohol per person and no hard liquor (fine for us because we had wine, and they count the total number of people... so with about 8 kids, you actually end up with more than 1/2 bottle per person), and music and alcohol stop at 9pm (but that was fine for us). If you are young and like to party and dance all night, this wouldn't be the location for you. It all depends on what you want. For us, the location was beautiful, the price was right, and the staff was good to work with.
User3613492 · 2+ years ago
I had my wedding here October, 2013 and we had a great time. We had a ~60 person count (guests and wedding party).
First, the rules are a little restrictive (no flower petals/rice/confetti, no hard liquor, certain time restrictions) but it actually wasn't a turnoff for us. We didn't want to have hard liquor anyway and we weren't expecting to have a crazy party that went until 2 am. We wound up getting an extra hour on top of their standard package so that our vendors would have enough time for setup and we would be able to have the venue as late as possible (music off and bar closed at 9 pm, guests out by 10, vendors out by 11). We really had enough time to do everything we wanted (with a 3:30 ceremony start time... that actually started at 3:50, but hey, that's normal).
To get around the no flower petals/confetti/rice rule, we went with full flowers for the flower girl (she passed them out to the guests) and bubbles! Bubbles are really nice and my sister actually used them for her wedding years ago.
We got both the Pavilion and the Hacienda, and I would really recommend that. We had our ceremony at the Pavilion, dinner at the fountain at the Hacienda and then the after party back down at the Pavilion. Doing this gives the vendors a chance to work on one space while all the guests are at the other. The pavilion was nicely transformed during dinner and we got what we wanted for both the ceremony and the dancing.
Kimberly was really helpful in answering questions and working with us to make sure we got what we wanted while not breaking any of their rules. They are actually very accommodating with how they handle their rules and can make suggestions for optional ideas.
They provide a list of recommended vendors. If you use a DJ or Caterer off their list you will have to provide an additional deposit, but their lists are fairly extensive and unless you have someone specific in mind you shouldn't have to go off their list. It was a big help during the pla
Julie · Married on 09/24/2011
Overall, a great venue and great service.
Darwin · Married on 07/10/2016
Beautiful location set in the heart of Moraga. It was one of the first venues my wife and I visited and in the back of our heads, we always knew it was going to be the one. The venue is high in demand so reserving a date was slim but we got one. Reserving the date was also a simple process. We opted just for the Hacienda de Las Flores but the Pavillion is a beautiful location as well. We just didn't want to spend the extra money.
Staff was super helpful and responsive to our emails and questions. All of our guests continued to mention how much they love the location and all the green space, which was great for little kids.
They will charge for additional hours reserved, which a lot of venues do as well. I just wished they had a more secure storage location. We dropped off most of our decorations a few days before but were told just to leave them in a back hallway which made us nervous because there were going to be two weddings prior to ours. However, there were no problems or things missing.
jonna · Married on 09/11/2010
One look at this venue and you too will be hooked! It embodies all the old world charm of a spanish hacienda nestled in the foothills of Moraga! A great price for Moraga residents! The photo opp's are to die for and I certainly did not regret chosing this venue for my wedding! Kimberly is great! She is responsive to emails and calls and made the walk thru and paper work easy and thankfully we were the only party to request our wedding date, otherwise straws would have to be drawn, and that would be the only negative I can come up with. The grounds are meticulous and the house has been updated according to the style in which it was built to protect it's heritage. It's a sight to see and I immediately fell in love! A little piece of history all wrapped up in a beautiful spacious package!!
Gary · Married on 05/27/2016
We do not write this review flippantly in the least. We give the Hacienda 4 stars for the venue itself, outdoors it is beautiful. We give a 1-star for the controlling rules and less than stellar customer service from one of the employees who works in the office. Trust me, this place is ran by parks and recreation, they are NOT wedding planners - nor does the office staff attempt to keep your business. They don't need it. They're run by the City of Moraga. Pleading, crying, smiling with a gracious request? Nah, doesn't work.
The indoors needs retrofitting (only 2 toilets, one for each sex seems inadequate). Dark, smaller and out-dated. The outdoors, patio, lawn, trees and fountain really sells the venue! My fiancé and I secured a date in Fall 2016, paying the full amount of the venue for 9-hours. We were able to get around a lot of the prohibitions: Only beer / wine and only 1/2 bottle of wine per person - no flower petals, balloons, no aisle runner, no birdseed, sparklers, etc. Where we had an issue was the music restrictions.
We secured a smooth-jazz vocal artist (Bosa Nova, quiet, classical jazz) and 3 accompanying instrumentalists. Ceremony was to be on the lawn, under one of the large redwood trees - 150 feet or so away from the patio and fountain. Dinner was to be served on the patio / fountain area. We were told by the office that the music could not be amplified. So unless we had someone walking around strumming a guitar, or a mariachi band, that wouldn't work. We wanted the instrumentalists to play and to have a vocal during the ceremony, but since the Hacienda does not permit speakers i.e. "amplification"- that's a no-go. The work-around, was to have the singer / instrumentalists be inside the building, facing out the windows or door. Nice, don't you think? You spend a few thousand on a sweet vocal artist and band, and you shove them into the building. Save yourself the money, and find a superb venue WITH a professional staff.