Walden West

South Bay



Sanborn Park’s 3,500 acres of Redwood Forests, meandering streams and chaparrals serve as the backdrop to the 35-acre campus of the Walden West Science Center. This enchanting, woodsy environment provides the perfect setting for your Saratoga wedding. Have your guests witness you exchange vows amongst the redwoods at Walden West’s rustic ceremony site. After the ceremony guests can enjoy a cocktail in one of several choice locations. The culmination of your wedding celebration is a reception in the center’s cozy reception hall. Two large display screens feature a photo slideshow detailing your history as a couple. The reception hall also features large windows, exposed ducts and an indoor amphitheater. You and your guests will enjoy a delightful menu, prepared by either of their two preferred vendors, that will tailor your menu to your specifications. The on-site wedding coordinator will work closely with you to ensure that every detail of your special day is in order from start to finish.

Venue Style

Community Center, Mountain, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start on Friday 4-7 PM or as early as 10:00 AM on Saturday. Event must end by 10:00 PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $5,500 for a ceremony and reception. The rental includes the venue from Friday evening and Saturday 10 AM to 10 PM. The site fee includes the following: venue coordinator/site manager, outdoor sound system, ceremony and reception chairs, tables, and access to multiple cocktail and dancing areas. Catering is provided by one of their preferred caterers, averaging $50 per person, some options including rentals and event coordinators. A deposit of $2,750 is required at the time of signing a contract and is applied to your balance. There will also be a refundable security deposit of $1,500 due 1 month prior to the wedding. Saturday overnight stay begins at $6,900 for up to 50 guests and $42 for each additional guest. Bunk bed accommodations (14 cabins) are available. Guests must bring their own linens and hot brunch buffet is provided the following morning. No weekday or Sunday weddings are available.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Walden West is estimated at between $12,025 and $20,153 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Overnight accommodations available
Day-of coordinator
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot
Sound system
Walk-in refrigerator/freezer for deliveries and storage

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:00PM
Alcohol only has to be served by a licensed bartender/caterer if guests are being charged. Someone who is over 21, won't be drinking, and can bring their own equipment can serve alcohol to guests. There are no extra changes for serving alcohol

Wedding Day Availability (Last updated Dec 07, 2017)

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