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 for Events and Photography:
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.
We have a 2nd Mansion for interior photo shoots:
Mayfair Manor is for photography only. This is a historic black and white tudor mansion that has been completely renovated and restored. It is fully furnished and features a baby grand piano perfect for photo opportunities.
How much do they rent for?
We are renting 2 historic gardens and a historic mansion for $12,500; this includes Fowler Garden, Merritt Garden and Terrace Villa
Ambassador Auditorium rents for $10,000
What is the capacity of each venue?
Fowler Garden 350 guests (for ceremonies, cocktail parties, or afternoon/early evening dinner reception-all activities must be completed by 6pm)
Merritt Garden 350 guests (for ceremonies or cocktail parties)
Terrace Villa – inside in Great room 120 guests sit down, first floor sit down 165, for cocktail party 400 guests. The interior along with front and back patio accommodate up to 250 guests sit down.
Ambassador Auditorium – up to 1500 guests
What are the rental times?
The gardens rent from 10a-6p
The mansion rents from 10a-12mid (Friday and Saturday; Sunday thru Thursday 10a-10p)
The auditorium from 4p-12mid
What are the sound restrictions?
All music needs to be off by 11pm (inside the mansion) and outside the Auditorium (Friday/Saturday; on Sunday thru Thursday music must end by 10p). Outside in the gardens all amplified sound needs to be off by 6p; 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 and load out till 1am, if rentals are not finished by 1am all load out must cease and the rental company may return on Monday. There is a $50 per hour fee for staff to be present for the balance of the load out procedure.
Do you have a site map?
Yes, go to maps on the home page of our website for a print out. We feature: overall site maps, load in maps, sample floor plans, etc.
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; At the auditorium it would be $4500. The balance of the site fee is due 2 months out from your event date.
Payment plans can be arranged.
Is there a security deposit?
Yes, there is a $600 security deposit; if you return the garden/mansion back to us the way you received it you will get your security 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. Cynthia Brooks Catering takes care of and pays for the event’s fire permit which is necessary to have if the event is having plated food. If you are having candles at your event you must inform Cynthia of the type of votive and # of candles you will be having. Please refer to the Candle Sample log in the Fire portion of our website. Select a candle votive that has been approved by the Fire Dept. and give Cynthia’s office that # and the amount you will be utilizing.
Do we provide parking?
Mansion and Gardens/Auditorium provides valet parking with their packages for up to 400 guests/200 cars.
If additional parking is required we can go to Maranatha High School and Elks Lodge at $10 per stall.
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 Cynthia Brooks Catering as our Exclusive Caterer. We have sample packages on our website to download. If there is a particular ethnic menu you would like to have Cynthia will either create it or work with a caterer that specializes in this type of food.
Can we bring our own caterer in? Alcohol?
Yes if you need Kosher catering only, 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
Is there construction happening at the Ambassador?
Ambassador is located on a city block where construction is taking place. It DOES NOT occur in the event areas nor do they work during event times.