Married on 05/04/2013
We wanted an artsy, old fashioned venue with outdoors options. The Allied Arts Guild was perfect, and a great somewhat hidden location.
We went back together for lunch last month. It brought back the memories. The only pick we had was the early curfew, but we knew that going in. Overall, very satisfied with how the wedding was handled.
2+ years ago
An older venue, but we wanted it to be cozy with our smaller guest list. Cute/quaint!
Married on 05/24/2014
The Allied Arts Guild is a hidden gem nestled in a historic residential community: an au naturale setting, historic Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens laden with surprises, and an accessible location for out-of-town guests. AAG was bit pricier than the average wedding venues in the South Bay, but we knew the moment we stepped foot that it was what we were looking for. The natural setting also helped to cut down costs on florals and other periphery decorations, which helped us to stay within our overall budget. Portions of the venue proceeds will also go to benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, so I felt our money went to a worthy cause overall.
The event sales coordinator, Tiana, is excellent at her job, and is on the ball with general correspondence and follow-up. She is quite busy juggling all forms of on-site events, but is very level-headed and available when needed. She responds to most email/phone queries within a day or so, and is much more accessible/available in person. She also has a lot of sway in keeping order within her realm and making sure all vendors do their bidding, which was really a godsend when we had a catering glitch during our reception. Her experience makes her an excellent asset to have on your side.
The onsite restaurant, the Blue Garden Cafe, is independently operated by JW Catering, but does a phenomenal job with food and service. Otherwise, AAG has some quirks given its residential location (ie. No outside vocal amplification, no brass bands, wedding ends at 9pm and all guests must leave premises by 9:30pm, etc) but none of this detracts from its intrinsic beauty. Our guests raved about the venue, and I know I will be going back again to stroll the gardens along with a Saturday brunch.
Married on 11/10/2018
Fell in Love
I desperately wanted to get married outside, during the autumn, so I had to have a venue with gorgeous trees and outside, as well as a place for a back up plan in case of rain. I also wanted to have the reception inside, because it would be getting colder as night fell. Allied Arts Guild had it all. I was skeptical at first from the pictures I saw online. But I was blown away in person. It is an old Spanish style mansion, with luscious gardens areas, and a BEAUTIFUL oak tree with multiple locations for the ceremony, both inside and out. They also allowed us to bring items to set up on the day of the rehearsal because there were no other events that day, so we could have everything ready to go easily the next morning. We also had our catering done through them, and they had amazing options. My husband does not like tomatoes, and we ordered two appetizers with tomatoes because he agreed they were THAT good. Our dancing area was in a separate room from the dining area, and I think that helped keep everyone moving and dancing, which was super fun! I also loved this venue because all proceeds goes to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, which I think is amazing. I loved getting married here, and recommend it for anyone looking for a beautiful venue.
Married on 05/25/2013
Overall we loved the Allied Arts Guild. It has a number of great outdoor areas that are suitable for your ceremony, photos, or reception. We had our ceremony at the blue garden area that has a nice fountain in the middle. There are a few limitations (i.e. No amplified sound, extra $$ for rainy day tenting options, limited rehearsal times, few parking spaces) but it is still a great place for your wedding. If you aren't concerned with the details, this is a beautiful venue.
Married on 05/27/2017
Venue Beauty: 5. 0/5.0
This venue is GORGEOUS during blooming seasons (spring, summer, fall) & you can save a lot of $ with decor/flowers b/c the venue is already decorated. A plus it that there are different gardens which provides various of backdrops for photos.
Pricing, Venue Rules, Staff: 1. 0/5.0
This venue is EXTREMELY expensive. If you want to have your wedding 10am-4pm, it is $4k. If you want an evening wedding, $7k for the Sunset Room/Patio ONLY. If you want to walk down the aisle on the Merner Green, add $500. They also require you a $1k security deposit which they will definitely get from you b/c of their STRICT rules. Basically, we lost deposit b/c our caterer moved our bar inside during our speeches, & they claimed we had the doors opened the entire time. They will not negotiate price, which we were mislead about when we talked to the venue manager's assistant before we booked the venue. On the plus side, because the venue is a non-profit, your venue fees go to the Children's Hospital and is tax deductible. We saw this as a benefit that your money is not just going into the pockets of your venue and is doing some good. As for rules, beware that there is NO AMPLIFIED NOISE outside. That means even when you read your vows and music. You can have people play musical instruments outside, though. The venue staff kept yelling at my guests. We had children who were running up and down a path (not disturbing or screaming) before the wedding and the assistant kept yelling at them. During the reception, the assistant kept argueing with my planner about the caterer moving the bar and slamming the doors shut, blocking their ingress/egress. In retrospect, I LOVED the look of the venue, but I would have chosen a different venue as I feel we were looked down upon for not wanting to spend an arm and a leg on a venue by the venue manager, dealing w/ extreme rules, high prices, inflexibility, and rudeness of staff.