Frequently asked questions

When do you host weddings?
The Walnut Grove is available for weddings on Friday's, Saturday's, and Sunday's during the months of April to the middle of November. Because we only host one (1) event a day, the property is available for you to schedule your wedding at any time during the day, up until 10:00pm. We apologize but all events must end at 10:00pm due to City and County ordinances. A typical timeline is 4:30pm to 10:00pm (4:30pm ceremony, 5:00pm to 6:00pm cocktail hour, and 6:00pm to 10:00pm reception followed by 10:00-11:00 cleanup). 

What is your facility fee?
Our 2019 base facility/site fee is $4,750.00 for up to 250 guests. For Saturday events, there is an additional fee of $8.00 per guest. 150 person minimum on Saturday Events and 100 person minimum on Friday and Sunday Events. The facility is available 2 hours prior for preparation, pictures and use of brides room. The base location fee is based on a 5.5 hour ceremony and reception (actual event time). Overtime charges would apply.


How late can we stay?

The Ventura County Noise Regulations require us to have all music off at 10:00pm but the property will remain open until 11:00pm for clean-up and the removal of all personal items. Overnight parking is welcomed. We do ask that you please pick up your car the following morning as soon as possible though.


What hotels are nearby?
There are many hotels nearby. To download the entire list please click here.

What does the facility fee include?
The base facility/site fee includes 5.5 hours of actual event time. Additional hours are available and are billed as overtime. The facility fee also includes use of the bride's house and grounds for getting ready and photos starting two (2) hours prior to the start of your ceremony. It also includes a one (1) hour rehearsal. Rehearsals may be scheduled the evening before, morning before, or possibly even two nights before your wedding depending upon the availability of the ranch. Scheduling of rehearsals (placing your rehearsal date on the master calendar) begins 8 to 12 weeks prior to your event date. 

Can I bring in my own caterer? 
In order to help provide our clients with the highest level of customer service for their wedding, we work exclusively with Command Performance Catering Group ( Command Performance has created three (3) catering packages to assist our Bride's and Groom's in the planning of their day. In addition to the packages and menu items included, the Chef's at Command Performance prepare unique specialty dishes derived from all types of cuisine using only the finest of authentic ingredients. Command Performance also specializes in elaborate cooking display-station receptions, exciting theme-wedding receptions, and all types and combinations of menu items and service packages. Your options are endless. Command Performance would be delighted to have an opportunity to sit and customize a menu, wedding and service plan suited to you so that your wedding day is not only memorable…but also unique.

How early can we arrive?
The facility is available two (2) hours prior to your scheduled event time with use of the bride's house and grounds for pictures.


Can we hire a band?

We are sorry but no live bands or live amplified music is permitted during the reception. You may hire a guitarist, harpist, string quartet, etc. for your ceremony music and/or cocktail reception but, due to the Ventura County Enforced Sound Ordinance, we do not allow bands or live amplified music during the evening hours of your reception (typically 6pm to 10pm). We have a reception sound system and ceremony sound system available for rent should you have a need for one.

Are there restrooms?
Unlike many outdoor venues in the area, our restroom facilities are not portable. They are enclosed in a separate building with air conditioning, running hot and cold water water, soap and towels provided. 

Are the leaves on the trees year round? Do they change color?
It is hard to predict what Mother Nature will bring but usually, in the fall, typically late November (when we are closed for the season) the leaves on the walnut trees fall and do not return until the spring. We start to see the leaves returning in May and usually fully leaved by mid July depending on the weather and the previous winter.

When are tours available?
There isn't an office onsite so private tours are provided by appointment only. This allows us the opportunity to focus on you and the details of your wedding day. Tours usually last 45 minutes to an hour. Please call Michele at (805) 558-8279 or email her at to schedule an appointment. 


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