The UCSC Arboretum

Monterey/Carmel Valley



The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a stunning place to host your wedding ceremony and reception. Located on approximately 100 acres of gardens and research areas, this beautiful venue boasts a rich and diverse collection of plants, with representatives from over 300 different plant families. Have your wedding celebration outside among the beautiful flora in either the Australian Rock Garden, which can accommodate up to 150 guests, or the South African Garden, which has space for up to 80 individuals. Both are sure to impress your guests with their unrivaled natural beauty and rustic charm. You can also choose to hold your reception indoors in the Horticulture Meeting Hall, a spacious room with high ceilings, lots of natural light, and room for up to 85 people. Whatever you decide, your wedding celebration at this picturesque arboretum is sure to be an extraordinary event that you and your guests will remember for the rest of your lives.

Venue Style

Park/Garden, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 85 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 9:00AM. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,100 to $2,500 for a reception and ceremony and includes 10 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $200/hr. A refundable security deposit of $750 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The UCSC Arboretum is estimated at between $8,530 and $16,194 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Venue set up and clean up
No kitchen
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
BYO alcohol
General liability insurance required
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:00PM
No open flames allowed