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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


    Darlene

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was love at first sight with FG. It was the first venue my husband and I looked at so everyone was telling us to keep looking....but we loved everything about the place and just couldn't turn away! We were so fortunate that all of the logistical details such as dates, costs, number of people, etc. all fit well with our wedding plans so within a week of our search we had our venue booked! The neighborhood is so beautiful and historic, the venue itself has a charming outdoor feel and we were able to do both our ceremony and reception at FG. They did a fabulous job of flipping the site from ceremony to reception. A lot of great photo ops at FG and the surrounding area. They have really nice bride and groom rooms available to get ready in. Great location near the parking structure so guests don't have to worry about that. Beautiful bistro lights, fountain and pergolas to incorporate into your decor. Not to mention that 24 Carrots was amazing to work with. The service and profession... Read more

    Deanna

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  • Our wedding at Franciscan Gardens was beautiful. The staff were all so courteous and considerate! The event coordinators are both very personable and responsive and really go the extra mile to ensure you're taken care of. The catering (24 Carrots) is just amazing. Every last morsel was delicious, but most importantly they were able to accommodate several of my guest's dietary restrictions. I've already recommended Franciscan Gardens to several brides I've met and I will continue to do so!

    Jaimee

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    5 out of 5
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  • Franciscan Gardens is beautiful. If you are looking for an outdoor venue with personality and charm- this is the place for you. Plus, since it is not in a residental area, it is one of the few outdoor venues that lets you keep your event going until Midnight. 24 Carrots owns the venue now, which means when booking your wedding here, you will also have the opportunity to have AMAZING food from Orange County's best caterer. :) I encourage you to go visit Franciscan Gardens... once you step your foot of the wedding site, you'll fall in love with it. Jaimee & Jason Spanos

    Erin

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  • I cannot say enough kind words about my experience with Franciscan Gardens! It is such a breathtakingly gorgeous venue and the staff are AMAZING. The event coordinators there are easily accessible and very prompt and courteous in responding. I could not have asked for a more amazing venue to hold both my ceremony and reception at the same site!

    Brandy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Franciscan Gardens was the perfect venue for our wedding day. I will never forget the moment my fiance and I first visited the venue. In fact, on our way to the venue, I wondered if Franciscan Gardens either was as perfect as it looked online or if they had an incredible webmaster! After taking my first peek into the "secret garden" my eyes lit up like a little girl at Disneyland! The beautiful gardens smelled fresh and the lights sparkled and I immediately knew it was perfect! We met with the site manager (through previous owner) and loved everything we heard. We left the venue to tour other venues we had interest in and found ourselves making a U-turn half way to our next stop! We went right back to Franciscan Gardens and signed a contract! My fiance and I had serious nerves when the change of ownership occurred. We do not feel the previous owner had communicated well and that was disappointing, however as we began receiving contact from the new site manager, Ann we quickly reali... Read more

    Mo

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was a little nerve racking to find out that a change of ownership occurred just before my daughter's wedding. However, the new owners were great to work with. They brought a lot of professionalism to the event. And I feel like I got the best of both worlds since the site manager had a lot of experience with the venue from the old guard. I received so many compliments on the site. It's the perfect place for a garden wedding. And once the sun goes down, the lighting is great for dancing and partying.

    Anne

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  • Our wedding was held on Friday, April 9th, 2010 - the first wedding to take place at Franciscan Gardens after it underwent new ownership by 24 Carrots Catering & Events. What could have been a total nightmare for us (imagine your wedding venue being sold and everything changing hands exactly 1 week before your wedding date - eek!), actually ended up being a complete blessing!! Luckily we had already been using 24 Carrots as our caterer, so it worked out perfectly - Lynn Rinek, our coordinator from 24 Carrots stepped in and did an AMAZING job for us. I actually think that this new ownership is going to do a world of good for Franciscan Gardens. We experienced a few difficulties along the way during our planning with the previous owner (for example, he ripped out the stage and put in a gazebo just 1 month before our wedding without any prior warning, causing us to have to re-arrange our entire floor plan and re-work our contract with the band we'd hired & rent a stage, etc etc - we were ... Read more

    Jonathan

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  • Franciscan Gardens is now under new ownership. 24 carrots catering & events is now the operating owner of this spectacular venue. You can be assured that 24 carrots will be providing the very best customer service, incredible catering and very outstanding staff. Widely known as one of the top catering and event planning companies in Southern California, 24 carrots is dedicated to making Franciscan Gardens the "hot spot" of South Orange County...

    Stephanie

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  • Franciscan Gardens was perfect! I wanted an outside ceremony and reception! The gardens made such awesome backgrounds for my pictures! Bummed we were not able to use the courtyard on the other side of the alley for pictures. It rained so we had to rent a tent. Which was fine because it was clear, but it did not cover the whole site. :-( Rochelle was VERY HELPFUL!! She and Kerry(de-luxe-events.com) worked their buns off the day of the wedding. I did not have to worry about anything because I already knew it was taken care of. Rochelle was very helpful to my questions or concerns throughout the whole process. The Gazebo was a nice addition to the garden even though it was finished a couple days before my wedding! I would recommend FG to other brides.

    Jean

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  • My daughter's wedding reception was here and it was beautiful. Anne & Abbi helped us plan the perfect reception adn were very flexible in accommodating our ideas. All the guests raved about how spectacular the reception was.

    Kelly

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  • Once 24 Carrots took over this place, it made a complete 180 turnaround! I loved all the people I worked with on my special day. Our wedding attendees are still raving about the beautiful garden setting. The overall day was glorious!

    bree

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  • Since the gardens has new owners they have completly made changes that will hurt this venue. It is a great spot to have any event, however...the new staff and owners are rude to their customers and employees. I am truly sad that the gardens was not sold to some other owner, it is a great shame that they will be taking away the grooms room and you will also only be able to use there food and beverages. I would not use 24 carrots for any reason, and i am not a prospective buyer. I was a client

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    This is obviously a review from a disgruntled person that wanted to purchase this venue. We did not take away the grooms room and we've made over $150,000 in improvements. Furthermore, we also own 24 carrots catering & events, which is one of the most highly sought after catering companies in all of Southern California. We hope that people will see through this attempt to damage a polished company and that prospective clients will stop by and see for themselves.

    Kaleigh

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    2.6 out of 5
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  • We had a great time at the franciscan gardens during our wedding. The location is absolutely beautiful and we love the city. Our pictures turned out incredible. I would reccomend this location to others. The only problem we had with the location were the rules they have set in stone. It is easy to have a standard wedding there but if your looking for something unique or if you have special or different plans in mind, (ie a friend playing your music or pringing in your own vendors...etc) thats when things get sticky. Yes, it is a great and beautiful location but watch the details and pre-approved vendor list.

    Cari

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    4.2 out of 5
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  • We had the most beautiful stress free wedding! Lori was a great asset and she was always available for questions before the big day. Many of our guests said it was the most fun they had had at a wedding. The only snag that came along in the planning process was going against the vendor list. We wanted to use our own photographer, which was a process, but we were able to work it out. The vendor list is top notch though, and we were so happy with our other vendors!
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