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Venues in San Juan Capistrano, CA,
(949) 248-1586
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 74 Reviews


    User6672688

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    5 out of 5
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  • Franciscan Gardens was everything we wanted in a wedding venue and MORE!! First, the venue itself is GORGEOUS! When our guests were dancing under the Italian lights and stars it felt magical! The tall green shrubberies (which made for AMAZING wedding pics) made it feel like you were in wine country but you’re right in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The bridal and groom suite were also a huge selling point for us because it eliminated having to get ready somewhere else and then transport the entire wedding party to the venue. The bridal suite had ample room for my 5 bridesmaids, my mom, hair and makeup team, and myself. Second, throughout the wedding planning process Franciscan Gardens and 24 Carrots were true professionals and a joy to work with. Hayley and Melissa were WONDERFUL and always so quick to respond to any of our questions. We found the fact that Franciscan Gardens works exclusively with 24 Carrots to be a HUGE convenience from a planning perspective. 24 Carrots really r... Read more

    Dephinie

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    5 out of 5
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  • A beautiful venue with the most amazing service! This venue is a 10 out of 10. Franciscan Gardens is set in a gorgeous courtyard, perfect for an intimate wedding. The lights that surrounded the place make it magical at night, with bistro lights hanging above and twinkle lights wrapped around the lush green vines. It is a perfect venue for a bride who wants to get creative. With so many greenery, you could do just about anything, and it makes for the greatest pictures. Though the venue sold itself, what helped me make the decision to pick the venue was the team at Franciscan Gardens. We absolutely loved the team and their high quality service. Melissa, the event manager, was the best coordinator to work with. From start to finish, Melissa helped make my wedding day absolutely perfect. She was so accommodating, responsive, and her dedication to her craft is very apparent. Being an indecisive bride with many questions, she always answered my questions with a smile, a helpful ti... Read more

    Niki

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  • Our wedding was here last night and was truly remarkable. Everything went absolutely according to what we wanted. Both the Franciscan Gardens staff and the 24 Carrots staff were amazing. I would absolutely recommend having a wedding at this venue.

    Esther

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  • There are no words to describe how happy I am that I chose to get married at Franciscan Gardens!! I received so many compliments from all my guests and family! It was just what I wanted and more!! Melissa and Breanne are a pleasures to work with! Professional, fast responses, and always so nice!! I've been telling everyone what a great venue it is and recommend it to all my friends!! All I heard was "Beautiful" Thank you Franciscan Gardens and 24Carots!!

    jenni

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  • Our wedding was absolutly perfect, thanks to Franciscan Gardens. The outdoor garden setting created that romantic atomsphere. The staff was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We are so lucky to have had such an amazing team of people. The ambiance was perfect. Price was reasonable for a Southern California wedding. We received so many compliments from guests. Everyone loved the venue. Parking was easy with a parking structure just a few feet from the venue. Local hotels nearby made it easy for out of town guests. The foot supplied by 24 carrot was delicious! I only have positive things to say about this venue! I wish I can do it again! Highly Highly recommend getting married at Franciscan Gardens!!!!

    Karen

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  • Our daughter's wedding at Franciscan Gardens was amazing! Melissa Russell is absolutely wonderful to work with. We were happy from start to finish. Highly recommend this Venue.

    User3282302

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  • Beautiful Beautiful Venue. I was looking for something outdoors and a little country feel. The courtyard made it feel so intimate and not spread out, with everything right there, the ceremony and reception. For my wedding, the venue switched managers through my planning process, and it was a seamless transition. The new managers took over and made me feel valued and where just as responsive and professional as the previous managers. The food was delicious, and my guests were raving about the venue. Having the head table sit under the pergola was a highlight and made me feel close with my wedding party and husband. The grounds around the venue were beautiful to take photos at, many choices to choose from. One waiter even followed us when we took our photos to bring us appetizers and water to make sure that we felt taken care of. I definitely recommend this venue!

    Eric

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  • My name is Eric and I own an entertainment company by the name of Extreme DJ Service. Franciscan Gardens is a preferred venue that we have had the privilege of working at for many years. If you are looking for an beautiful unique space along with great food and professional service... look no further, FG is the place. We highly recommend the venue and their staff. Eric Morales Extreme DJ Service

    Jackie

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  • I had booked Franciscan Gardens over a year before my wedding. I knew it would be gorgeous but blown away on the day of. Since there's so much greenery surrounding, you can really do as much or as little as you want with the venue space. First off, delicious food! We didn't want a hotel or golf club type food so having 24 Carrots as the owner/caterer was fantastic. Everyone loved our appetizers and there was plenty of food. I high recommend the slider, how do you go wrong with brie, honey, and caramelized pears?! The brisket in our buffet got a lot of compliments, fall apart tender. Also included was a very nice tasting with tons of food to take home at their corporate office. Service: Fantastic! I dealt mainly with Melissa leading up via primarily email. She was VERY responsive to my many questions. She also worked with me on my budget as we hashed out our contract. We were able to also keep some costs in check by having only certain liquors on our consumption bar (which is not... Read more

    User4019812

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  • Franciscan Gardens was such a beautiful venue! For us, a smaller wedding was ~150 people which is right about the number they max out at. The venue was our "splurge" in wedding cost and it was definitely worth it!! But what came with it was the best wedding we could have hoped for. We wanted an intimate, outdoor venue that could be both ceremony and reception that went with our theme of simple, romantic and fun. Since the reputable 24 Carrots owns the Franciscan Gardens, we loved that the venue came along with catering, linens/tables/chairs, heaters/tents and on-site Bride/Groom suites. I loved that the bridal suite was nice and huge for the girls to get ready and the groom's suite had a pool table for the guys to hang out. And yes, their food is THAT good and delicious, so don't even worry about guests not enjoying it. The venue speaks for itself when you're there in person and it's right next to the train station/mission which is great for photo shots. It's also great that it's so cl... Read more

    Rita

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  • This venue is gorgeous and the service on the day of was impeccable. Of course you pay for it; make sure to check your contracts in advance and ask if anything not on it costs extra (they will charge for every little extra thing, including table tops). It's pretty popular, so I understand market forces are at work in the cost. So, it costs a lot. The food was really good though, it looked great and tasted great (done by 24 carrot catering, who actually owns this venue). The people who work there were generally pretty responsive to any questions I had (and I had a lot). But they were always very professional. There were a couple times I had noticed some errors on the contract (minor errors), so just look out for those. But again, everything went off without a hitch on the day of, it's gorgeous and my wedding photos looks great because of that, and food was great. What more can you ask?

    Dani

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  • My beautiful garden wedding day. From finding this hidden gem of a wedding venue, to the end of my wedding day I couldn't picture getting married anywhere else. My hardest thing with finding my wedding venue was I wanted everything out doors and I also wanted it to be a night wedding. Well that was hard to find until I found Franciscan Gardens. It had everything that I wanted and also came with the most beautiful Bridal Suite to get ready at, and a cool grooms room the guys hung out in before getting ready. Melissa was a pleasure to work with and made everything easy to do over emails. She was always so quick to respond and made our planning easy. Our special day was everything we wanted here at this venue. Truly is a beautiful setting at night with the lights and everything lit up, making it very romantic. I had a lot of compliments on how everything that day flowed and the food was beyond amazing. People told me and still are telling me how that was the best wedding food and greatly ... Read more

    jenni

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  • I'm so excited for my wedding in May at the Franciscan Gardens! IT's the most beautiful and magical venue! All outdoors, huge bridal and grooms suite! Staff has been so helpful so far. I can't wait for my wedding there in a few months!

    Lauren

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  • Growing up in Southern California, every time I walked past Franciscan Gardens I wanted to get married there. I can't believe how lucky I am that my dreams came true! Our wedding was breath-taking and I can not say enough about how magical our day was. I highly recommend this venue. The staff was fantastic and the food was by far the best of any wedding I have ever attended.

    Ramon

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  • My wife and I loved our experience at Franciscan Gardens. Everything was perfect and the food was incredible.

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