Frequently Asked Questions
When can I visit the property?
Since we are a working farm, we show the venue by appointment only so that we can give you our total attention. Call us at (805) 377-5568 or e-mail to set up your site tour.
How far in advance can I book my wedding?
Gerry Ranch is available for weddings April through October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can book up to 24 months in advance.
How many guests can you accommodate?
Our permit allows us to host up to 200 guests.
Is your site handicapped accessible?
When do you host weddings?
We only host one event per day. The bridal room is available at 11:00 am for getting ready. A typical timeline is 4:30 to 10:00 pm. The music must be off by 10:00 pm, in accordance with a county ordinance.
How early can we arrive for our wedding?
The bride & groom, their families, and bridal party, can arrive at 11:00 am to get ready and take early pictures. Your vendors may arrive at 1:00 pm to set up.
Where can we take photos on the property?
You can take photos all over our 38 acre ranch. We have unique settings for your photos, which include: blueberry fields, lemon orchards, avocado groves, and views of the surrounding foothills & valley. We also have a tractor available as a prop. You will also have access to a golf cart.
What does it cost to host a wedding?
Pricing for the venue, catering, security, and rentals ranges from $12,500 on a Friday or Sunday for a 75 person buffet to $35,000 on a Saturday for a 200 person sit down dinner.
What does the facility fee include?
Facility use for 11 hours (5 1/2 hours for bridal party to get ready, for early pictures, and up to 5 1/2 hours for ceremony and reception). It also includes a one hour rehearsal prior to your wedding that will be scheduled based on availability. We also include additional items, please see amenities page.
How do I reserve my date?
Visit our ranch on a tour, review our packages and estimate, sign the contract and pay the retainer. The date is then booked for your wedding.
What is your minimum number of guests for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?
Our minimum number of guests for Saturday is 125. For Friday and Sunday it is 75 guests. If you are having a more intimate wedding, we would still love to host you, however you would need to pay for the minimum guest requirement for the day.
Where are the restrooms located?
There are upgraded restrooms located directly behind the cocktail area, centrally located and private. There is also a large handicap accessible restroom in the bride's dressing room.
What lighting is included in your site fee?
We include market lights over the dining area of the reception space as well as pathway lighting and landscape lighting throughout the wedding area. We also provide spot lights for the bar, buffet and cake. Our parking lot also has ample lighting.
Is a dance floor provided?
Yes, we have a ceramic wood style dance floor that we accent with strip lights along the edge.
Can we customize the menu?
Our preferred caterers would be happy to work with you to create a custom menu for your wedding. We have different catering packages available, both for buffet and served meals. We also provide a standard menu that allows you to create your own unique meal. Custom menus and services are also available.
Can I bring in my own cake & desserts?
Yes, you may provide your own cake & desserts.
Who is the rental company and what options do we have for our rental selections?
Our exclusive rental company is Casi Cielo Events & Flowers. They will present to you the rental packages available for our site. The standard package includes fruitwood folding chairs for the ceremony & reception, round dining tables, and your choice of standard color linens & napkins, along with glassware, china & flatware for the guests' place settings. They have many additional items available.
Can we hire a DJ or a band for our wedding?
Yes, you must choose from our preferred DJ list or get our permission for any live entertainment prior to booking those vendors. Additional fees apply to use a DJ or live music not on our preferred list. Due to the Ventura County Sound Ordinance, any amplified music must be kept below a certain decibel and must end by 10:00 pm. Our preferred DJs will comply with this county regulation. Live music is only permitted during the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Can you recommend vendors to us?
Absolutely. We have had the privilege of working with many wonderful vendors in our area and would love to recommend our favorite ones to you.
Can we have candles on the tables?
Yes. We do require that they are enclosed in a votive or hurricane cover.
When do I make payments?
A retainer is due upon signing the contract and reserving your date. Final payment & security deposit must be paid 60 days prior to your event date.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept checks, cash & credit cards.
Is there a rehearsal?
Yes, you will have a one-hour rehearsal with your wedding coordinator which will be scheduled at noon the prior day or on Thursday afternoon.
What do you do if it rains?
Generally between the months of April and October it seldom rains, but if it does tenting is a great option. We would also reconfigure our ceremony and reception areas in order to best meet your needs based on the weather. Our rental company has the areas measured out for tenting and can provide tenting for an additional charge. Tenting needs to be reserved at least 7 days prior to your event.
Do I need Special Event Liability Insurance?
Yes, you will need to purchase special event liability insurance. Our insurance covers general liability for the property. Your insurance cover s any unforeseen issues related to you and your guests. Additional insurance protects both of us. The best way to get this insurance is through your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. You can also obtain it through R.V. Nuccio at www.rvnuccio.com. A certificate of insurance which names the Gerry Ranch as additional insured must be provided to us one month prior to your event.
Do the vendors I hire need to provide insurance?
Yes, any vendor that you are hiring that will be coming to our ranch must have a certificate of insurance on file with us prior to your wedding. If they do not have insurance, they will not be allowed to work on the ranch.
Do you require security?
Yes, you will need to purchase security through Sandman Security Company. The security personnel comes dressed discretely as a wedding guest and is there to respond to any unexpected situations and ensures the safety of your guests. For weddings with 100 guests or less, one security guard is required. For weddings over 100 guests we require 2 security guards.
Is a Day of Wedding Coordinator Included?
Yes, we include one day of wedding coordinator. This includes three meetings and rehearsal.