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Franciscan Gardens, venue details you need to know!

Franciscan Gardens

Franciscan Gardens,

Wedding Venue Details

History the Venue

The magical charm brought about by this enchanting venue is sure to make any bride and groom’s dream vision come to life on their special day. The historic light shining on Franciscan Gardens is largely due to its location centered in Downtown San Juan Capistrano. The terra cotta architecture stems from the old Spanish roots connected to the nearby landmarks that add even more depth to the rich history. I find it so fascinating how the incredible state of California has allowed many loving couples to start their new life together by walking through the wood castle-like doors of this breathtaking location. What an amazingly scenic backdrop for a unique wedding ceremony you’ll never forget!

Details On the Grounds

There is truly nothing like a Franciscan Gardens wedding! If you’re a history buff like me, you will find the scenery surrounding Franciscan Gardens to be absolutely breathtaking! I believe a quiet, serene setting like this can make for the most romantically intimate wedding day. The combination of old brick buildings and extraordinary landscape will provide the perfect setting for your Victorian wedding scene. This secluded area located near I-5 freeway in South Orange County is truly a hidden gem like none other. As soon as you step on the grounds, you’ll feel the arms of romance pull you in for a cozy hug. Imagine taking your wedding pictures in front of a cultural icon like this!


Choosing the Franciscan Gardens Outdoor Courtyard for your wedding ceremony or the reception afterward means you will be completely encapsulated by a beautiful sea of green! The amazing greenery that surrounds this classy café arrangement provides a perfectly natural pop of color to the gorgeous string of overhead café lights. Enjoy 230 guests for your wedding or bump that number up to 250 warm hearts if you’re using the space for the reception only. The white paper lanterns and embellished lamppost lights make this a lovely and intimate setting!


Similar to the Franciscan Gardens Outdoor Courtyard, the Indoor Main Space can also be used for either the ceremony or reception. You truly can’t go wrong with either location given the outdoor area boasts the natural scene while the indoor space gives traditional elegance. I can’t help but notice how the exposed brick walls provide for a comfortable yet rustic look clearly displayed by the extraordinary crystal chandeliers hanging above 180 guests for your wedding ceremony. For the reception, show off the gorgeously polished wooden floors to 200 guests!


What bride doesn’t love a full-length mirror? It is so elegant. When you throw a Franciscan Gardens wedding, the bride and groom are given full access to two extremely spacious suites. As you come closer to saying “I do”, the bride can use the makeup lights and luxurious leather seats to finish up her makeup while the groom strays away from cold feet by playing a nice game of pool or watching a beloved show on the flat-screen TV with his groomsmen!

General Wedding Details of Franciscan Garden’s

This secluded, historic venue is fully owned and operated by 24 Carrots. The average rental fee ranges from $4,000 to $7,500. I can’t help but swoon over the idea of the most sought-after catering company in Southern California being the unmatched host for your special day! If your Victorian-style dress is already hanging in the closet, this rustic, 5,000 square foot venue is going to make your wedding preparations officially complete. You won’t find a more charming venue to gaze into the eyes of the person you love most and vow to stay by their side forever. Deciding to have your wedding here is nothing short of history in the making! Grab your share of this iconic location and add your own stylistic flair to an age-old landmark that has been the perfect spot for love. A short sampling of their provisions include:

  • Food & catering
  • Rentals & Equipment
  • Service Staff
  • Customizable event features
  • Bar & Alcohol service
  • Late end time, 12am!

Contact their team here to learn more about this amazing location!

My Takeaway of Franciscan Gardens Wedding Venue

Simply put, you won’t find a more magnificent location covered with the history and allure that is sure to captivate every heart in the room. Franciscan Gardens is easily one of the best venues in Orange County given the amazingly picturesque locations you have access to for an affordable price! I love that you can have an amazing wedding ceremony in the outdoor courtyard and then walk right over to Mission San Juan Capistrano to add a historical touch to your wedding photoshoot. As a professional photographer, I know how to emphasize the history of the venue and architecture while also showcasing your unconditional love. You’ll want photos to match your exquisite taste. Contact me so we can make your special day last forever! 


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  1. […] services. I can also give you another great local reference to check out if you like what you see. Franciscan Gardens is in the same area and is a wonderful venue as well. Check it […]

  2. […] takeaway of The Franciscan as an Orange County Wedding […]

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