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FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Sitting amidst nine acres of lush landscape in Yorba Linda, California, the Richard Nixon Library Foundation, also known as the Nixon Library, is a truly unique historical venue. This majestic building and its surrounding gardens are ideal for couples who want a wedding that's both tranquil and elegant. Both the outdoor ceremony site and indoor reception site offer a stunning backdrop for wedding photos. Able to accommodate up to 400 guests for a ceremony and up to 500 for a reception, the Nixon Library makes both intimate and expansive events feel special.
The First Lady’s Rose Garden is home to hundreds of flowers to create a special ceremony. The lawn is suitable for up to 400 guests. Areas within the garden to exchange vows include a reflecting pool or the foundation's Birthplace cottage, framed by immense pepper trees.
The East Room , with its glittering chandeliers, silk draperies and marble fireplaces, is a stunning reception area. It can accommodate many events and features a wooden terrazzo floor for couples to dance the night away.
What You Should Know
The venue rental includes use of the Rose Gardens and the East Room for seven hours, either 4-11 p.m. or 5 p.m.-12 a.m. It also includes two hours of setup and one hour of breakdown time. Daytime events are an option but may cost more. The Nixon Library is available seven days a week; however, Friday-Sunday is more expensive. Rates vary based on whether the event is in the daytime or evening and on the date it's scheduled: January-February, March-April, May-August or September-December. Holidays incur additional costs.
Couples must use one of the venue's preferred caterers. The caterers provide customizable, five-star menus. All catering packages include dinnerware, glassware and tableware, floor length linens, staffing, bar packages and setup and cleanup.
Renting the Rose Garden includes café chairs, rehearsal time, microphones and sound, as well as private rooms for the bride and groom. Couples renting the East Room receive exclusive use of this venue for their wedding reception. The East Room includes beautiful Versailles reception chairs, cocktail tables, banquet tables, a gift table and a cake table. Secure, on-site parking is free.
In addition to its historical significance, the Nixon Library offers couples the following:
- The largest public rose garden in Orange County
- The only replica of the White House's East Room
- Ethnic catering packages
- Security for up to 300 guests
- Gold easels for event photo displays
From the Vendor
Orange County's most talked about wedding location
Set on nine lush acres, The Nixon Library is a one-of-a-kind venue that marries timeless elegance, tranquility and a rich history, to create the perfect setting for your special day. The First Lady’s Rose Garden is the perfect setting for your special “I Do”. Whether you imagine a small, intimate affair or a large, lavish event, the Nixon Library’s expansive lawn can accommodate up to 400 guests. Choose our tranquil reflecting pool, or quaint Birthplace cottage for your ceremony backdrop. Host a stunning reception in the only replica of the White House East Room. The East Room features three magnificent crystal chandeliers, golden Italian silk draperies, imported marble fireplaces, and a gorgeous wooden terrazzo floor for dancing the night away!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Ballroom, Garden, Library, Museum, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Shuttle Service, Transportation
I just got married at the Richard Nixon Library a couple of weeks ago and WOW! We had a vintage Hollywood/Gatsby theme wedding and it was breathtaking. Nixon Library grounds are well maintained and beautiful! The ballroom is one of a kind!!! We received so many compliments on the chandlers and gold accents around the room. Jenny, our event coordinator was so amazing! She was on top of every detail, got back to me quickly with all my questions, and just a pleasure to work with. Jackie, another event coordinator was incredibly helpful as well. I appreciate your patience and excellent customer services. Thank you so much guys for making my dream wedding come alive! I highly recommend getting married here .The Nixon Library will always hold a special place in our hearts!
My Perfect WeddingReviewed on 2/25/2014 Jessica T
Since the moment we contacted the Nixon Library about our interest, they provided exceptional customer service! Their attention to detail and excellent communication was greatly appreciated through each step along the way. As for the day of, all I can say is, "Wow!" Our Nixon Coordinator, Jenny, was fantastic and worked with each of our vendors and our personal Day of Coordinator. I can only say amazing things about the staff and of course must mention how BEAUTIFUL the venue is inside and out! I am so happy I was able to have my wedding at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace!
BEAUTIFUL Venue!Reviewed on 1/22/2014 Cindy W. C
My wedding was at the Richard Nixon Library and it was beautiful! The had our ceremony in the garden and the banquet in the East Ball Room. We are still getting compliments on how beautiful our wedding venue was! We didn't have a string quartet in our budget but the Nixon already had speakers so we just had our music on an ipod and the Nixon staff took care of the rest. It was flawless. Everyone at Nixon is a pleasure to work with and what you get at the end is a gorgeous venue along with people who make your day go that much smoother.
The Richard Nixon was the compromise between what I wanted and what my parents wanted but ultimately my wedding was amazing and beautiful, everything went off without a hitch. The Richard Nixon is extremely accommodating and answered all questions promptly.
I booked the Nixon Library in 2016 for my wedding and from start to finish, it was nothing but an incredible experience. Laura was great in answering all of my questions, and when she went on maternity leave I worked with Jenny. Everyone on staff was always very professional and friendly, even through a mishap I experienced during their construction phase. The day of was wonderful, I have nothing but great things to say. Thank you everyone at Nixon for helping us celebrate such a beautiful day.
We had our wedding at the Richard Nixon Library January 2017. The Library is the perfect venue for a gorgeous wedding. It provides a beautiful background for an elegant event. The staff were extremely professional and helpful from the day we contacted them through to the wedding day! I couldn’t be happier with our experience and would definitely recommend them to others. The team did a phenomenal job and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding venue in Southern California. I cannot say enough great things about the venue and event team.
It’s EVERY little girls wedding dream come true!! The Richard Nixon Library was the ABSOLUTE wedding venue for my Husband and I-We absolutely loved using the the Nixon Library as our Wedding Venue! It was PERFECT and Beautiful. I’d like to Thank Jenny and Laura, they were extremely helpful and responded to any of my questions in a very timely manner. As with our vendors were incredible We've had countless guests comment on how beautiful it all was, and how it was the most elegant wedding they've ever been to, and their service was the icing on the cake. Our guests loved the beautiful rose garden wedding ceremony, the ambiance, the décor the Mantels and above all else the essence of a Romantic setting and were thankful they didn’t have to drive anywhere to the reception but simply walked down the stairs into a beautiful Grand ballroom reception, lighted by hanging crystal chandeliers. It was the best of both worlds. We will cherish this day forever and the Nixon Library will always have a special place in our hearts! I cannot express how beautiful and perfect the Nixon was for us. We had an absolutely wonderful time at the actual wedding/reception. I couldn't imagine having the reception anywhere else and I'm so glad we decided to go with it as our venue the moment we attended their Wedding Open House. Our guests loved the whole experience and I've gotten nothing but compliments on the ballroom. Thank you again for being such a pleasure to work with! Laura/Jenny and the entire staff were all AMAZING!! I highly recommend the Nixon Library! See you for our 10th Year wedding anniversary!
Amazing venue! Due to it raining on our wedding day, the Nixon crew worked with our vendors to move everything inside. It was stemless and so beautiful. Jackie was easy to work with and great at communication. The staff and security have been a pleasure to work with as well. Every time we showed up, they welcomed my husband and I. Everyone onsite went above and beyond to make our day so special. I cannot thank Jackie and the Nixon Foundation enough for making our wedding a dream come true. I highly recommend this venue and staff. We would not have changed a thing.
We just got married here in November. And we cannot say enough about how perfect the day was. The venue is beautiful, everyone is so nice and so helpful - it was such an amazing experience. We cannot thank the staff at the library enough for all of their help and support through the entire planning process. Best day ever!
This venue was incredible! Laura is great, and was always there to answer any questions. It's so elegant, and perfect for weddings!
This is one of the greatest, most beautiful and historical place as wedding venue. It made such a great memoy for us on our wedding day. All our guests were in love with this place. All their staffs are so caring and professional. We were so happy to choose Richard Nixon Library as our wedding venue.
The Nixon Library was absolutely fantastic! The guests loved the outdoor garden and reflection pool where we held our ceremony. It was spacious enough for everyone to walk around during the cocktail hour and truly enjoy the late afternoon. The garden also had several good photo spots where the photographer could take stunning couples and family pictures. The East room, which is conveniently right next to the garden and indoors, provided a very beautiful reception setting with the chandeliers and dimmed lighting. The reception area was perfect as everyone had enough space to dance and also to sit comfortably at their tables. Everything was arranged in the perfect manner and easily accessible to everyone. The event staff were very courteous and we did not have a single crisis during the entire wedding. Would definitely recommend.
The Richard Nixon library is the absolute perfect wedding venue. Everyone one of the staff were extremely helpful from the day we booked the venue to the day of our wedding. I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out and would definitely recommend this venue to anyone.
We had a great experience with the Nixon Library! From the decor (classic and beautiful, we didn't even need a ton of decorations), to the service, to the communication with the staff - everything went perfectly for us. I can't imagine having gotten married anywhere else.
After deciding that my fiancee and I wanted to get married in California, I immediately started looking over wedding websites for the best venues. I wanted something unique, not your typical beach wedding. Then I happened to stumble upon The Richard Nixon Library- and I thought "How cool would that be??!". The photos looked amazing- the ballroom, the gardens, the lobby... I sold myself on this place before I even saw it for myself. We went ahead and took a trip down there, and were given a tour of the facility. Jackie walked us through the packages, dates, and different amenities available. Let me tell you, it is as beautiful as the pictures look. The facilities are clean, the people are polite, and its already decorated nicely. (being out of state, that was a huge help). The staff at the Nixon is timely and knowledgeable on what the wedding package includes. Unfortunately, the weekend venue price was a little out of our budget, however the Friday venue price was pretty affordable. They require catering through one of two companies (we chose White House Catering) and they did a phenomenal job. There is nothing I regret about this place. It is so perfect for a wedding, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for "something other" than a beach wedding in SoCal.
Michelle and I were wed on August 5th, and we could not have asked for a more perfect day. The reception at the Nixon Library exceeded not only our dreams, but the guests that attended as well. The staff was extremely considerate, professional and RESPONSIVE. We didn't need to worry anything falling through the cracks, as they were proactive and accommodating. I 100% recommend having your big day at the Nixon...you will be glad you did!
Not just a beautiful venue, a jaw-dropping elegant East Room reception followed a florist's dream wedding in the Gardens. And being a presidential library, this site will remain for children and grandchildren to visit in decades to come. The Nixon Library staff are well informed and good communicators. The list of vendors they provided helped us. It was a beautiful day and dancing all night, followed by the bride & groom's exit while guests held sparklers. Perfect!
I cannot say enough great things about the Richard Nixon Library. We recently had our wedding here in June 2016. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. Every single person who we worked with at the library was pleasant and determined to help give me the perfect wedding. I am still receiving complements on my wedding venue. The Rose Garden is the perfect place to host the ceremony while the East Ballroom provides a large, classy space to hold your reception. I highly recommend that you consider the Richard Nixon Library for your wedding venue. Your wedding will be gorgeous, classy, and memorable.
amazing venue, very elegant and beautiful. inside and outside. staff was also on too of everything and friendly. had an awesome event here!!!
After researching numerous ideal wedding venues in the OC, my husband and I are soooo happy that we chose the Nixon Library to hold our wedding day festivities. It was the beautiful outdoor garden ceremony area and the extravagant feel of the reception hall (which was a replica of the East Room of the White House) that got us saying "I do" to the venue. Not only was it everything we were looking, but the cost to rent the venue was very reasonable in terms of the all the services and amount of time that was available for us to rent the location. We worked with Jackie throughout the whole process and are grateful for everything she has helped us out with. When we mentioned to her that we were going for a Lego themed wedding, she was very open minded and encouraging. Jackie was very attentive to our needs and requests, responded to our e-mails almost immediately, and even personally helped us load all of our decorations the day before our wedding. We are so thankful for her and the entire staff at the Nixon Library. They usually host open house events throughout the year where you can check out the site, mingle with other vendors, and do a sample taste tests with their preferred caterers. We highly suggest attending if you are interested in booking this venue.
Nixon Library Perfect for Our WeddingReviewed on 1/06/2016 Jaclyn L
My wife and I had our wedding at the Nixon Library. The moment you step into the Nixon Library, we felt that this place is well organized, professional, classy, and presentable - all the characteristics of what we were looking for while searching around at wedding venues. Jackie was our main point of contact at the Nixon Library, and she was incredibly nice. She made sure we were comfortable and answered all our questions in a timely manner, so we knew we were in good hands. She was responsible and easy to work with. When it came to the wedding day, we were expecting it to potentially rain during our ceremony, so the Nixon Library was accommodating with provided many backup options. The whole wedding went very smoothly since the Nixon Library had a list of approved vendors for which we chose from. Picking vendors from this approval list just assured that the vendors were top notch and have worked well with the library before. We got a lot of friends and family that enjoyed our wedding at the Nixon, and told us afterwards that the venue was beautiful. We made the right decision going here given all the positive feedback we received.
Nixon is beyond breathtaking!!!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Danielle N
Words can not describe the love I have for this venue. Besides the fact that it is breathtaking, everyone at the Nixon is amazing, especially Laura! The venue is affordable, they are professional and they go above and beyond to make your wedding special!!
Carrie & Jackie from the Nixon are incredibly awesome! The staff makes you feel so special and you don't have to worry about a thing. The Nixon is a wonderful place to have your wedding if you want your guests to have a memorable experience. The grounds are gorgeous along with the ball room. You'll definitely feel "presidential."
You can't get a better, more personal venueReviewed on 10/25/2015 Anne-Marie D
The Nixon Library was just the ideal venue for our wedding. There are so many things we loved about the venue, it is hard to summarize but we will try. The venue was spectacularly beautiful. I'm an OC native and never knew the Library had a giant, beautiful ballroom. We loved that the venue was private to just us. After attending multiple weddings over the past few years, we realized how important it is to have that privacy. The Library has a list of vendors it works with and they are all fabulous. You really can't go wrong with this venue or the vendors they work with. They're all super professional and very on top of things.
A Perfect WeddingReviewed on 10/23/2015 Brittany C
I am so grateful we found the Nixon Library. The venue is beautiful, our pictures look amazing! They provide so much for you and at a very affordable cost. Made planning so much easier! The staff was incredible! Answered emails the same day. My wedding ran right on time, they were prepared and made me feel like a queen! The day was perfect! If I had to do it all over again I will still choose the Nixon Library, without a doubt!