Frequently Asked Questions

Do you allow photography on the grounds?

Yes, it requires a permit; a 2 hour time period costing $500 is for exterior usage of the mansion and gardens. You can go up to 3 hours and go inside the mansion and do interior/exterior. If you are booking a wedding ceremony and/or reception the photography permit is part of the package.

How many gardens do you have?

We have 2 gardens: Fowler Garden and Merritt Garden

Do you have a mansion for rental?

Yes, we have 1 mansion:

Terrace Villa, which is also a historic landmark. It’s a Mediterranean style mansion featuring a fountain in its columned courtyard, along with the Romeo & Juliet Balcony that can be used for ceremonies and beautiful photo opportunities.

How much do they rent for?

We are renting 2 historic gardens and a historic mansion for $12,500 or Fowler Garden and Terrace Villa for $10,000.

Ambassador Auditorium rents for $10,000

What is the capacity of each venue?

Fowler Garden 350 guests

Merritt Garden 350 guests (for ceremonies)

Terrace Villa – inside in Great room 100 guests sit down, first floor sit down 165, for cocktail party 400 guests. The interior along with front and back patio accommodate up to 225 guests sit down.

Ambassador Auditorium – up to 1500 guests

What are the rental times?

The gardens rent from 8a-12mid.

The mansion rents from 10a-12mid

The auditorium from 4p-12mid

What are the sound restrictions?

All music needs to be off by 11pm (inside the mansion). Outside in the gardens all amplified sound needs to be off by 9p and acoustical by 11p; the music cannot exceed 65 decibels to the property line, meaning they take sound measurements at Del Mar, Orange Grove, St. John and Green St.

What are the rental pick up times?

The rental companies can come in after the event at 12 midnite and pick up till 2am.

Do you have a site map?

Yes, go to the maps link on the home page of our website for a print out

What is the deposit required?

It’s ½ of the site rental fee: mansion and 2 gardens at $12,500, the deposit would be $6250; for Fowler Garden/Terrace Villa the deposit would be $5000; At the auditorium it would be $5000. The balance of the site fee is due 2 months out from your event date.

Payment plans can be arranged.

Is there a cleaning deposit?

Yes, there is a $600 cleaning deposit; if you return the garden/mansion back to us the way you received it you will get your cleaning deposit back, if we have to bring in maintenance then your deposit will be utilized.

What are the insurance requirements?

We require a $1,000,000 liability policy and $1,000,000 liquor liability policy. The Ambassador will give you the names that need to be placed as an additional rider on the policy. In most cases, the caterers for the event can assist in this area.

What if our caterer doesn’t have insurance?

We can help you secure insurance thru an online source that costs approximately $235.

Do you need a fire permit?

Yes, if you are cooking with fire or propane or utilizing candles at any of the gardens/mansion.  If you are using the fireplace at Fowler Garden a permit is not required. The fire guidelines and applications can be downloaded from our website. This has to be handled directly with the Fire Dept. but one of our staff members will assist in filling out the paperwork with you. The permit is normally approx. $200.

Do we provide parking?

Mansion and Gardens provides valet parking with their packages for up to 400 guests/200 cars.

Ambassador Auditorium does not include parking. Parking options are as follows:

Maranatha High School is $4 per stall accommodates up to 500 guests

Elk Lodge is $5 per stall

Valet is $850 plus the number of stalls needed, utilizing the Green St. lots.

Are there restroom facilities at the various gardens?


Are the gardens/mansions handicap accessible?

Yes, but user must notify event director so that all ramps will be out and in place for the day of the event.

Do we clean the gardens/mansion prior to usage?

Yes, the maintenance team cleans the day before the event along with the fountains being serviced.

Can you have a rehearsal the day before?

Yes, if there isn’t another wedding in that area. Please contact Sylvia to book the time needed.

Is there a room for the bride/groom to change in?

Mansion and Gardens – there are 3 rooms total for usage upstairs and the entire lst floor

Ambassador Auditorium- there are 3 rooms total for usage at an additional fee of $1000

Does the Ambassador have caterers?

Yes, we have caterers we can recommend.  We have sample packages on our website to download. Cynthia Brooks and Event Professionals have packages online for you to view.

Can we bring our own caterer in? Alcohol?

Yes if you need Kosher catering, but a deposit of $1000 is required for an outside caterer and to bring in your own alcohol the insurance needs to be covered (see above on liability insurance requirements)

May we have a band?

Yes, but please note that the decibel level is 65 decibels to the property line which is to Orange Grove, Green St., St. John, and Del Mar. If you want a concert type setting it will not work but if you want the same level of music that a DJ provides then that it is doable.

Do we recommend any DJ’s?

Yes, we do; we work with Devin Christopher at Nightlife Mobile DJ – his number is 714 960 3394



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