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Weddings at the Arboretum

The natural choice for your wedding

The Arboretum's extensive gardens have several small to large open spaces to celebrate your big day. Have your wedding among unique flowering trees, beautiful Australian gardens, or a stunning eucalyptus grove.

Exchange vows in front of the quaint Owl House or in the Australian Gardens. There is bound to be a setting fit for a couple looking for a natural, no-frills setting. The Arboretum will ensure your wedding runs smoothly and is filled with lasting memories.

Choose your venue. The Arboretum offers many locations on the property from smaller, intimate settings for wedding celebrations of 25 to 80 guests as well as larger gatherings of up to 300 guests. The Arboretum also has an indoor room that can accommodate up to 100 guests comfortably.
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Rental Information

Please note: the rates and requirements listed here and in the wedding brochure are for 2014. The 2015 information will be posted later this month.

Outdoor Venues

Up to 80
Australian Rock Garden **
Australian Upper Picnic Grove, Eucalyptus Grove or Oak in South Africa
Other outdoor spaces may be available, please inquire
Owl House (small ceremony only) **
Patio – Courtyard – Upper Patio
  Rates for patios and courtyard are reduced when rented in conjunction with another area:
*It may be possible to accommodate groups larger than 150 people in some venues, please inquire.
** Please contact the Arboretum (831) 502-2998 for current rates.

Indoor Venue

The Arboretum's Horticulture Building II (or Hort II) seats up to 100 people and is ideal for receptions.
It is the only indoor facility available for rent. For rental costs, facilities, and other details please contact us.
Contact us for details

Useful Information

Please note: any rates and requirements listed on this website and in the wedding brochure are for 2014. Revised information will be posted here when available.

(Please read the Arboretum Wedding Packet (pdf) for more details, including information about fees, booking, deposits, policies and prodcedures)

Hours: Site fee includes site rental from 1pm to 9 pm; including set-up and teardown. Additional hours can be scheduled, must be done in advance. Rate: $75/hour

Security Deposit: A security deposit of $750 is required, and $250 will hold the reservation at the time of booking. The remainder of the deposit is due one month prior to the event. Upon cancellation, the security deposit is non-refundable.

Site Fee: Due in full two weeks prior to event.

Insurance: Special Event Insurance is required of all wedding rentals four weeks prior to the event date. Renters may work with any insurer to meet the requirements outlined in UCSC Insurance Requirements (pdf). We recommend using the university affiliated CampusConnexions.

Additional Services

Wedding Coordinator: Full day-of wedding day management: includes three planning sessions, timeline, ceremony run sheet, rehearsal, and management of details/vendors on wedding day. Rate: $1400

Additional Information

We encourage you to download an Arboretum Wedding Packet.

The Arboretum is open daily, including weekends, from 9 to 5 pm. For any inquiries, schedule a facility tour, or to check date availability, please contact:

Connie Sanchez, Wedding Coordinator