The Muckenthaler Mansion

The Muckenthaler Mansion
1201 W Malvern Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 738-6595
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Average Base Cost: $26,000

Average base cost for a Muckenthaler Mansion wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception in high season including catering/beverage costs from Colette’s using their Platinum Package, which includes a full bar, chairs, wedding cakes, serveware, etc (details below). Transportation to venue, entertainment, furniture rentals, decorations, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.


How it breaks down:

Facility Fee for a Muckenthaler Mansion wedding: 

Prime Season (May-October)

  • Friday/Sunday: $3,500
  • Saturday: $4,500

Off Season (November-April)

  • Friday/Sunday: $2,500
  • Saturday: $3,500



What’s Included: Rental fee covers 5 hours of event time, 2 hours of set-up times, and 1 hour of break-down time.

Food and Beverage: You must use The Muckenthaler Mansion’s exclusive caterer, Colette’s, which offers three wedding packages with various offerings, priced below:

Silver Package (3 hors d’oeuvres, 1 salad, 2 sides, and 1 entree choice): $74/pp

Gold Package (3 hors d’oeuvres, 1 salad, 2 sides, 2 entree choices, and hosted beer/wine bar): $98/pp

Platinum Package (4 hors d’oeuvres, choice of 2 salads, 2 sides, and 2 entree choices, dessert display, and full hosted bar): $118/pp

NOTE: An off-season (November-April) promotional package is being offered with a cash bar, buffet, wedding cake, folding chairs, and select serveware for $56/pp.


Silver/Gold/Platinum Packages includes:

  • Professional Wait Staff Guest Tables
  • White Wooden Folding Chairs Floor Length Linens
  • Napkins Black, White, or Ivory China
  • Flatware
  • Stemware Cocktail Tables & Linen (excluded in the Silver Package)
  • Beverage Station (Minted Water, Lemonade, Iced Tea)
  • Chef’s Artisan Breads and butter
  • Champagne Toast
  • Coffee Station
  • Wedding Cake
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Upgrades offered include:

  • Upgrade to Sit Down: $5 PP
  • Tableside Wine Service: $5 PP
  • Late Night Snack (price based on menu selection)
  • Action Stations (price based on menu selection)
  • Dessert Displays (price based on menu selection)
  • Amalfi Guest Tables: $10 PP
  • Vineyard Chairs: $11 PP
  • Chivari Chairs: $5.50
  • PP Street Lamps: $100 Each
  • Parisian Glassware: $1.75 PP
  • Mason Jars: .70 PP
  • Color Linen Upgrade (price based on selection)
  • Tenting (price based on custom design)


Additional Fees at the Muckenthaler Mansion: 

  • Wedding Ceremony (Includes 1 Hour of Rehearsal Time): $950
  • Additional Event Time: $500 per hour
  • Security Guard (required): $400

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Up to 600 depending on location. These include:

  • Art Gallery (indoors) 150
  • Center Circle Patio 110
  • Adella Lawn 350
  • Northwest Lawn 600
  • Italian Garden(ceremony) 240
  • Italian Garden(reception) 110

Bridal Suite: Yes (and Groom’s)

Parking: Yes

Food Service Type: Buffet or plated (upcharge listed above)

How Will Grandma Get There? There are several hotel options in Fullerton, including a Marriott which is located 4 miles from the Muckenthaler Mansion.

Party On! Events at the Muckenthaler Mansion must end at 10 p.m.

The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery

The Report:

The Muckenthaler Mansion was built in in 1924 by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler. The property sits on 8.5-acres of land in a residential section of Fullerton. The 18-room mansion was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler, who wanted to see it used as a cultural center for the city. In addition to hosting private events, they have art exhibitions and music festivals open to the public.

 Woman Getting Married Says:

If you’re looking to host a large group of people in a setting that’s more intimate than a hotel (and less sterile than a banquet hall), I think the Muckenthaler Mansion is a great option. The fact that it has BOTH inside and outside options is a great feature, and depending on the size of your wedding you could utilize one or all of their location options since they only host one wedding a day. Many couples have their ceremony in the Italian garden, the cocktail hour (or reception if hosting a smaller wedding) in the Art Gallery or the Courtyard, and larger events in either of their lawns (Adella and Northwest Lawn). The venue rental fee is not outrageous (particularly in the off-season), and you can highlight the venue’s heritage with great furniture rentals and a 1920’s/vintage wedding theme. The main drawback is the 10 p.m. cutoff time, but given their flexibility with size/location an earlier wedding might be worth it.

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