Weddings Frequently Asked Questions

The search for a wedding venue is an important one. In fact, it's one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process as it will dictate your budget, the style of your wedding, and more. Here's a few answers to frequently asked questions we've heard. Of course, if you don't find your answers here, our wedding coordinator would be happy to chat with you and discuss the details of your very important day!


Q: What is the the capacity of your space?

A: We recommend up to 400 seated for our reception space. 


Q: Is there a deposit? Do you offer a payment plan?

A: Yes, to reserve your date, we require a 25% deposit of your total venue rate. The remaining balance is broken into three equal payments, with the final payment due two months before your wedding date. 


Q: What is the average budget of a couple getting married at Bates Nut Farm?

A: In general, most wedding resources suggest that the cost of venue, catering, drinks, and rentals fit under 50% of your total budget. We believe most of our couples married at Bates budget between $15,000 to $20,000 (the average cost of a wedding in California is $27,000!). With some creativity and flexibility, though, we've seen some beautiful weddings with smaller budgets! 


Q: Are there different rates for different seasons and/or days of the week? 

A: We do offer a discount for Sunday through Thursday weddings! Our rates are the same throughout the year. 


Q: Are there hidden costs, such as a service charge, gratuity, cleaning fees, etc?

A: There are no hidden costs in the price we quote you. The cost includes the rental fee of the venue, labor involved in providing our best customer care, cleaning, and more. We do require event insurance naming Bates as the additional insured (estimated cost: $120 - $140). Gratuity is not included and is left up to the discretion of the client. Any additional costs incurred would come from additional guests, additional services, or renting more items beyond what is included - these costs are quoted up front and we will let you know in situations when these costs would apply. 


Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A: We understand that life happens and you may have to cancel our services. In that case, we will provide full refunds if you cancel 6 months or more from your event date. Cancellations within 6 months will forfeit their deposit payment. 


Q: How many weddings will be booked the day of my wedding?

A: We book only one wedding per day so that you have the full day to set up and celebrate those important moments. 


Q: Is there a backup plan for inclement weather?

A: Our venue is a gorgeous, all-outdoor venue, which means unfortunately, we are subject to weather. In case of rain, we can rent large canopies, but these do come at an extra cost. 


Q: Do we have to utilize your vendors?

A: We offer a list of preferred caterers and vendors who provide affordable, quality services and who are familiar with working an event at our venue. While we don't require you work off our preferred list, any vendor you 


Q: Are there overnight accomodations nearby?

Q: Do you include a wedding coordinator?