Wedding information


San Clemente Presbyterian Church offers beautiful ocean and garden views surrounded by classic Spanish architecture, fountains and stained glass windows that provide the perfect setting for your wedding. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites are available - suitable for both intimate and larger gatherings. With mild temperatures and beautiful surroundings, your special day will be one of elegance and distinction.


For more information about wedding fees and availability, please contact Becky Abell, Event Coordinator, at 949.492.6158 X40 or or 949.370.0510

San Clemente Presbyterian Wedding Spaces


Our contemporary Sanctuary is complemented by gorgeous stained glass windows and a state-of-the-art sound/video system that ensures that no one will miss a moment of your special day.

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Stephens Chapel is designed in traditional Spanish style, the stone and dark wood construction, hand crafted stained glass windows, and solid oak mission doors invite you in.

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The open Patio offers a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and can be adapted to suit any occasion.

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Located adjacent to Stephens Chapel and the Prayer Garden, the Chapel Courtyard is perfect for your intimate event.

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The Prayer Garden, an intimate lush area with a beautiful fountain, stone, tile, and brickwork, offers the perfect venue for a small wedding ceremony or event.

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Fellowship Hall is a large venue constructed with vaulted wood beam ceilings with plenty of natural light and an open feel perfect for large events.

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Meeting Rooms. San Clemente Presbyterian Church has many rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Recent bookings have included Theatre Groups, Weight Watchers, TOPS weight loss, Business Network meetings, as well as individual one-on-one meetings. Conference accommodations, with several rooms in use at once, are also available during the day as well as  in the evenings. Internet, audio, and video capabilities are available in some rooms.

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How many people can your church hold?

We have many options for your event.  Our Sanctuary: max occupancy 800, our Chapel: max occupancy of 100, the Patio: max seating of 180 with tables, and 250 with theatre style seating (no tables), Fellowship hall: max seating of 250 with tables and 350 if staged theatre style (no tables).


If I have my reception here can we have alcohol?

On our campus we do not allow any alcohol and expect our guests to follow this rule as well.  Our campus does extend to the parking lots and guests drinking in the parking lot then coming on campus will not be tolerated.


What does the site fee include?

Includes use of the campus for your rehearsal and wedding day i.e.: your ceremony location, bride’s room, an area for the groom, cleaning of the space before and after your event, and an event coordinator.


Do you have a dance floor or will we need to rent one?

 We do not have a dance floor but Signature Party Rental is a vendor who knows our campus well and can get you the appropriate size floor for this space.


Do you have a room that my bridal party can get ready in?

We have a specific bride’s room that is separated from the rest of our main areas so none of your guests or the groom will be able to see you or your bridal party.


Do you have a space where we can do our “first look” that will be separate from everyone?

We believe that your first look should be a private moment for the bride and groom.  It is our job as wedding coordinators to allow you and your fiancé this important time alone together.  We will plan this with you and decide where you want to have this happen on our campus and who, if anyone, you want present for this moment.


Can I have an aisle runner with flower petals on it for my ceremony?

An aisle runner is allowed in any of our ceremony locations.  We do not provide one so you would need to rent it.  In any of our inside locations (Sanctuary, Chapel, and Fellowship Hall) you can only use silk flower petals.  Our patio location you may have real petals.  No exceptions can be made for this rule.


Do chairs come as part of the rental package or do I need to rent additional chairs?

Our standard chairs do come with the rental package.  Please note: they are not white foldable “wedding” chairs or Chiavari chairs.  If that is the look you are requesting you will need to rent them from another vendor.  In addition we do not provide chair covers or linens.  Signature Party Rentals is a wonderful vendor with many options for any of your additional party needs.


Are there any restrictions on flowers in the sanctuary? Can we use pew hangers, and have flowers on the upper shelf below the stained glass?

You can have flowers in pew hangers; we ask that you have a system for hanging them so there is no damage to the pews themselves.


 Are we required to use your pastor if we get married at your church?

You are not required to utilize one of our pastoral staff.  However, should you have an outside person officiate your special day we require that our pastor meet with them, or if they aren’t able to come in, that they speak over the phone.  This is just to ensure that their ideals about theology align to our ideals.


Do you have a wedding arch we can use?

At this time we do not provide any archway, urns or other “wedding” items.  You would need to rent any extra items you would like for your ceremony.


Can we have candles with “Open Flames” on the church grounds?

Candles can absolutely set the scene for a beautiful wedding day.  Open flame is allowed in all of our ceremony locations.  We do ask however than you have the candles in a glass candle holder or hurricane so as to prevent any wax from dripping onto the ground, carpet, or stands.


Do you allow weddings any day of the week or just Saturday and Sunday?

We do allow weddings Friday-Sunday keeping in mind we are an active church campus so Friday weddings would need to be after 4pm when our preschool gets out, Saturday anytime, and Sunday anytime after 2pm.


How do the payments work if I want to secure my date and proceed with planning?  If I need to cancel for any reason will I get my money back?

After meeting with our events coordinator you will submit a $500 deposit to secure your wedding date, that is non refundable.  After that payment is made we will set dates for your next payments to be made.  You final payment will be due no later than 2 weeks prior to your wedding.


Can we pay with Credit Card or do you just take cash or check?

We accept all forms of payment and if you prefer can keep your credit card number on file and we can specify dates for each date of payment.


Can we hang items in the sanctuary/chapel/fellowship hall?

Any items hung must be done in a way that will not cause any damage to the facility; this includes nails, staples, pins, and regular tape.  You may tie items up with string or ribbon or possibly use the blue painter’s tape which doesn’t damage the paint or leave adhesive residue.

(949) 492-6158  |  119 North Avenida de la Estrella  |  San Clemente, California, 92672