Frequently Asked Questions

How many guests can Greengate Ranch accommodate?

A range of 50 – 500 is a general rule, we have various locations on the property allowing for varying sized groups. Large tents can be utilized (rental costs apply) to ensure a covered area for an especially large group celebration.

How many people can the barn accommodate?

Our vintage barn can accommodate 150-200 people  for a sit down formal dinner, depending on types of tables used and space left for a DJ, buffet tables, and/or a dance floor inside the barn.

If a cocktail style celebration with cocktail tables and dance floor is what you are looking to do, then 300+ is easily accommodated.

For further information regarding the capacity of the available event spaces please visit our Events & Celebration Spaces section of our website for full descriptions and capacities of each area of the property.

What equipment do you provide?

We are happy to provide resourses and logistical support to you as you plan your event here at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard. Our on-site Events Manager will provide a Preferred Vendor List to you and help you bring together all of the elements and vendors that you need to pull off a wonderful event here. Please note that we do require you to work with one of our approved caterers, and ask that any event of 50 guests or more have a coordinator or planner involved and on site for the event. All other vendor preferrences are our best recommendations to you. Please do check with our Events Manager prior to signing contracts with vendors as we do reserve the right to not work with vendors that do not meet our standards.

Included Provisions

When holding an event at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard, the following amenities are provided and included for you to use in the main event area of our property (Vintage Barn, Courtyard and Grand Lawn). Please note that none of these items can be transported to either of the homes or to the pond area.

  • (24) - 60” round tables
  • (4) - 8’ banquet tables
  • (4) - 6’ banquet tables
  • 200 chairs (fruitwood folding w/ ivory pad)
  • 14 wine barrels (can be used for cocktail tables or for bars)
  • 2 - 6' bar tops
  • Bistro string lighting in barn courtyard (permanent installation)
  • Signature GGR&V fire pits
  • Plenty of electricity
  • Ample on-site guest parking (upto 500 vehicles)
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • On-site prep kitchen for catering - includes commercial sink with hot running water, refridgeration and prep tables
  • Permanent restrooms available for guest
  • Flat screen HDTV with USB & HDMI compatibility
Are there vendor restrictions?

We strongly suggest that you use one of our approved caterers to ensure the best service and care the day of your wedding. These caterers are highly respected and know our property and are respectful of it.  We can also make a recommendation for private chef services or delivery of lunch or dinner from a favorite list of restaurants near by.

We do require that a professional planner be hired for any event held on property with 50 or more guests.  Please inquire regarding our preferred list of vendors.

Do you have noise restrictions?

We are subject to the San Luis Obispo County noise ordinance which requires the amplification of music to end at 10 pm. This includes both DJ and live music. This applies to music in any of our on-site venues including all three rental homes.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

We are a bring your own alcohol venue. You may supply your own beer, wine and liquor. We do require that all alcohol served in the event areas be served by a licensed bartender and/or caterer. We ask that last call occur at least 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the event for safety and liability purposes.

If you are planning on selling alcohol, you are required to have a ABC license for your event. We are happy to help you with direction on obtaining this. You are not required to have a liquor license for a private event with a hosted bar however.

How many people do the houses sleep?

The Carriage house sleeps 6 people in beds and The Ranch House sleeps 12 people in beds. There are couches and cots for smaller children.

Where should our additional out of town guests stay?

We have partnered with Dolphin Bay Resort to offer a special rate to our wedding guests. Please ask our Event Manager for more information.

What is near by?

One of the really beautiful things about the ranch is that it is located exactly 5 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Airport, 10 minutes from the beaches (Avila, Shell & Pismo), 7 minutes to down town San Luis Obispo, and 10 minutes to the charming village of Arroyo Grande. We are also surrounded by numerous wineries right here in Edna Valley.

Can my guests leave their cars at the ranch overnight?

Guests needing to leave vehicles on property over night are required to have vehicles parked in the designated guest parking area only. Vehicles parked anywhere other than designated parking areas are subject to removal at the owners expense. All vehicles must be retieved by 9 am the following morning or are subject to towing from the property at the owner's expense. 

We highly recommend shuttles to the property and from the property if your event involves extensive celebration. Please ask our Events manager for any recommendations and see our Preferred Vendor List for transportation services as well. Uber is also available and works regularly at the ranch.

Can I leave d├ęcor, rentals, tables chairs etc in the barn after my event?

All items are to be removed from the barn and/or garages by 11PM the night of the event. Exceptions to this include when there are rentals being picked up on a different date than the event date. In this case, items can be stored in our supplies garage for rental pick-up.

Failure to remove decor, equipment or supplies from the event area will result in the security deposit not being returned.

Candles, Confetti & Sparklers?
  • Candles are allowable, but we require that they are installed in accordance with the county fire code which requires all flames to be enclosed in glass and 1 inch below the top surface of the glass container.
  • Biodegradable confetti is welcome on the lawn areas of the property.  All other confetti is strickly prohibited.  Any labor or cost associated with clean up of decorations or accessories not authorized and approved by Greengate management, will be passed on to the named party on the agreement.
  • Sparklers are strickly prohibited on the property due to the severe California drought.
  • Hay bales are not allowed.

If you have any questions about any decor items, please check with us prior to your event - we never want to disappoint you by prohibiting your plans.

What is the smoking policy?

This is a no smoking property.  There is absolutely no smoking in any of the buildings on property.  If you know you have guests that smoke, we will work with you on setting up a designated, outdoor smoking area.  Please ask us about the designation of an approved outdoor smoking area. 

The violation of this policy in any of our buildings or in a non approved designated smoking area jeapordizes the return of your security deposit following your event. It is your responsibility to inform guests of this policy.

When can I have access to the barn and event space?

Your vendors will have access to the barn and other areas of the property from 9 am - 11 pm the day of your event, unless otherwise arranged with our Events Manager.  There is no accesss to the barn or storage garage after 11 pm the night of your event, unless otherwise arranged with our Events Manager.  This excludes access for rental companies picking up equipment post-event. 

Please reference your event contract, there is a plethora of important information in your contract and your access to the event spaces is outlined on the first page.  If you need to arrange for early access please ask our Events Manager and we will schedule access, based on availability.

Is security required?

Any event with a guest count exceeding 300 people must provide adequate security for safety reasons. This will be at the guest's expense. We are more than happy to help schedule security services with our preferred security company. Please let us know in advance if you would like us to do so.

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