Winchester Mystery House: Wedding Venue Spotlight

May 22, 2018
By Wedding Spot

Tucked away on a finely manicured property in San Jose, the Winchester Mystery House offers a historic wedding venue that intertwines stately 19th century beauty with curiosity. Originally constructed in 1884 under the watchful eye of William Winchester’s widow, this Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is known as an architectural outlier that has long been the subject of fame and legend. Undoubtedly one of the most interesting buildings in the United States, this mansion boasts a whopping 160 rooms -- meaning that couples can utilize a number of unique backdrops for celebrating their big day!


Envision walking down an aisle of lush green grass as you make your way up to the altar, marked by the mansion’s elaborate exterior. Share your first kiss as spouses surrounded by the beautifully maintained gardens brimming with flourishing flowers, palms, and other trees that have been sourced from around the world. This breathtaking garden is also a distinctive setting for an outdoor reception. For smaller ceremonies, exchange your vows beneath the shade of trellised bougainvillea and fragrant orange trees in the intimate Central Garden. Celebrate with a joyous reception in the airy Greenhouse, sipping on champagne beneath towering ceilings wrought with wood beams, studded in sparkling string lights, and adorned with unique glass cupola windows. The charm of this space truly cannot be beat! For a more rustic style affair, host your reception in the Carriage House located beside the Central and Front Gardens. This beautiful space is distinguished by its original redwood walls and ceiling, as well as an upscale barn-like feel that is sure to impress. With its various spaces and singular building style, this versatile venue can host a wide range of events from an intimate gathering of 25 people to an elaborate occasion for up to 300. Artfully combining vintage-style elegance with finely curated natural beauty, the Winchester Mystery House is a true wedding venue gem in San Jose!


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