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Mountain Terrace is a gorgeous wedding venue located among the redwoods up in Woodside. With a charming patio lit by fairy lights at night and a expansive lawn ringed by towering redwoods, Mountain Terrace is the quintessential Northern California wedding venue!

When I was at Stanford, we would often drive up the winding La Honda to get to Skyline to hike in the beautiful open space preserves in the area. We’d often wrap up a hike with a quick stop at Alice’s Restaurant, a bikers’ favorite in the area with excellent bbq and burgers! Mountain Terrace is actually located right across the street from Alice’s Restaurant. It wasn’t until recently I knew this though! The front looks quiet and unassuming, with just a lovely sign on top of what could be an office building.

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue San Francisco Bay Area front of venue

Go around to the side, however, and you’ll find a charming gate which will be how all of your guests enter.

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue San Francisco Bay Area entrance to ceremony location

The first thing they’ll see is a huge open clearing with beautiful green grass, surrounded by majestic redwoods

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue San Francisco Bay Area Redwoods Ceremony Location

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue in the San Francisco Bay Area Towering Redwoods behind Ceremony Site


Off to the left, right as you enter the property are some oak trees that provide some shade as well as a fun rope swing!

Woodside Wedding Venue San Francisco Bay Area Chairs and Swing under Oak Trees

Woodside Wedding Venue San Francisco Bay Area Swing under Oak Tree in front of Redwoods

Most of the time, the reception is held outdoors on the patio. At night, the twinkle lights strung along the railings are lit, creating a magical environment!

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue Reception Area Patio

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue Reception Area Patio Fun Shadows

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue Pull back shot San Francisco Bay Area

Indoors, there’s a bar in the room next to the dance floor.

Mountain Terrace Woodside Wedding Venue Reception Bar Area

Finally, there’s a little room for the bride to slip into her dress with a lovely chandelier!


The stats:

Number of Guests: 120-150 on average, up to 300 max.

Catering: Done in-house. Accommodations can be made for special requests such as kosher, Chinese, Indian, etc.

Average price: Packages range widely for base site rental fees, anywhere from $2000-$7000 depending on the time of year, day of the week and the number of hours.

Standard package: The standard package includes 8 hours on site, generally from 2-10 with the bride and groom choosing the ceremony and reception times. Chairs for the ceremony and tables and chairs for the reception are provided for up to 150 people. A day of wedding coordinator is not required, but can be added on to the package. Food and drinks are separate. A $100 ceremony fee includes a beautiful arbor that you can decorate with gorgeous flowers. Mountain Terrace also offers morning wedding packages for 5 hours from 9-2 on days where there isn’t an 8 hour wedding already booked or when the wedding is starting at 2 or 3.

I hope this post was helpful in your search for a gorgeous wedding venue in the San Francisco Bay Area! Sarah Hart, the sales manager was so wonderful to work with, so I know that you won’t regret choosing Mountain Terrace as your wedding venue. If you’re looking for venue that offers redwoods as a backdrop for your ceremony, Mountain Terrace is definitely a fantastic choice! Contact Mountain Terrace at info@themountainterrace.com or by calling 650-851-1606 and tell them that Alice sent you 🙂

Check out more San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues here and keep an eye out for more to be added to the series.

Contact me or email me at alice@aliceche.com to book your Mountain Terrace wedding.

Alice Che is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in wedding, engagement, couple and boudoir photography. Serving the South Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Los Altos, Milpitas, Union City, Fremont, Berkeley, El Cerrito and surrounding areas.

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