The Villa San Juan Capistrano

The Villa San Juan Capistrano
31431 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Average Base Cost: $33,000

Average base cost for a Villa San Juan Capistrano wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception in high season including top-tier catering/beverage costs from Iva Lee’s, staffing charges, 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.


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How it breaks down:

Facility Fee:

November – April:

  • Friday & Sunday: $ 5,000
  • Saturday: $ 6,500

May – October:

  • Friday & Sunday: $ 6,000
  • Saturday: $ 7,500

January – December (all year around)

  • Monday – Thursday: $ 4,500


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What’s Included: Exclusive rental of the property for 11 hours (12 p.m to 11 p.m.), Royal Dalton round white bone China plates, silverware, glassware, and all service small wares. In-house day-of wedding coordinator is also built into the price of food packages. If you wish to use an outside planner, $1,000 will be deducted from your final catering bill.

Additional Fees:

  • All outside, non-acoustic entertainment must plug into The Villa’s sound system and require a $500 sound management fee
  • In case of rain, the venue must be notified by 12 p.m. two days prior to the event. Once you decided to put up a tent it cannot be reversed. The rates for tents are:

With Sidewalls:

  • Main canopy tent (1-72 guests max) = $2,455.76
  • Main canopy + 1 tent (73-92 guests max) = $3,122.41
  • Main canopy + 2 tents (93-112 guests max) = $3,789.06
  • Main canopy + 3 tents (113-132 guests max) = $4,455.71
  • Main canopy + 4 tents (133-150 guests max) = $5,216.92

Without Sidewalls:

  • Main canopy tent (1-72 guests max) = $1,908.12
  • Main canopy + 1 tent (73-92 guests max) = $2,425.39
  • Main canopy + 2 tents (93-112 guests max) = $2,942.66
  • Main canopy + 3 tents (113-132 guests max) = $3,459.93
  • Main canopy + 4 tents (133-150 guests max) = $4,052.43
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Photo by Sherri J Photography

Food and Beverage: All food/beverage must be provided by Iva Lee’s Catering. The minimum charge for 80+ guests is $103/pp (excluding tax and gratuity). For guest counts smaller than 80, the food/beverage minimum is $8,240. Food packages at Iva Lee’s range from $90-$110/pp not including alcohol, and full bar packages* range from $16-$45/pp.

*NOTE: There is a no shot/martini rule at the wedding venue

More Stats:

Space Type: Outside

Size: 150

Bridal Suite: Yes. The Bridal Suite comes complete with a rain shower while the Groom’s Room comes with a pool table.

Bathrooms: 5 unisex

Parking: Guests must be shuttled in/out due to parking requirements Monday-Thursday. All other days Valet Service must be used with the following rates:

  • 60 to 90 guests = $ 650
  • 91 plus guests = $ 750

Food Service Type: Your choice.


How Will Grandma Get There? Hotels in San Juan Capistrano are limited so you would most likely want to look in surrounding areas such as San Clemente.

Party On! Music and bar must end by 10 p.m. with cleanup finishing by 11 p.m.

Click here to see some beautiful shots of a styled wedding at The Villa San Juan Capistrano.

The Report:

Located in historic San Juan Capistrano, Villa San Juan Capistrano was previously called the Decorative Arts Villa and was part of the Yorba estate, thought to have been built in 1918. The turn-of-the-century home was turned by it’s current owner into a wedding venue featuring a caterer’s kitchen, bride/groom suites, garden shed turned built-in-bar, and a stone courtyard where both ceremonies and receptions take place. It is the only remaining “board and batten” home located on Camino Capistrano (“board and batten” refers to the way the ceilings in the building are constructed.)

 Woman Getting Married Says:

This venue would be AMAZING if it had an inside option. I love the rustic details of the home and the ivy-colored walls. However, this venue is not cheap, and the fact that the only area for guests is the courtyard is a bummer and would make me nervous at the chance of rain. If you’re choosing a wedding venue to do both a ceremony/reception at you’re going to be limited with a small property such as this one for different areas to setup in. While they do offer tents (which you have to decided on two days prior) that will only increase your price, and tenting a courtyard will completely eliminate the venue’s charm. The upsides include a very cool bride/groom suite, nice amenities/inclusions, great reviews of their wedding planners/coordinators, and a location that is across the street from the Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is perfect for photos. It’s also important to note that trains do go by from time to time so be aware of that during potential speeches! If this is the venue for you, I would keep the guest list to 100 or less to give you some breathing room.

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