Headlands Center for the Arts
When you first arrive at the The Headlands Center for the Arts, near Sausalito California, it is hard to decide if it is an artist colony or bohemian beach resort. A free spirited piece of local history, it is the perfect location for a wonderfully eclectic celebration filled with home spun detail.
The Center For The Arts was formed in 1982 and is a short 15 minute drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. As part of the National Park System, the Headlands is a unique location where the sand meets the ocean and the rocky cliffs get lost in a lush small valley filled with flowers. Birds and wild life teem throughout the area while the amazing sun sets creating an unforgettable memory.
Photography by: Julie Mikos The second floor is a fun, casual ceremony spot for up to 80 guests. The over-sized windows, sculpted ceilings, and colonial columns provide a harmonious blend of architectural detail and gallery flair. Each new breed of resident artists leave their own special touches to the building.
A unique set of modern handmade teak benches are permanent residents of the second floor and make great seating for your guests. A hand crafted set of stairs leads you from the building to the picturesque meadow below. This striking backdrop is perfect for a simple outdoor garden ceremony. Or for a truly intimate experience, stroll down to the beach with a few friends and exchange vows as the sun meets the white capped ocean water.
Photography by: Julie Mikos The welcoming center is perfect for a refreshing glass of lemonade or a playful champagne cocktail. As the sun sets and the fog rolls in, move your guests indoors and take advantage of the "Mess Hall." Acting as the gathering place for local resident artists, the beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and open kitchen are filled with a unique creative energy. The elongated butcher block craftsman tables are a perfect fit, the chairs (included with your rental) and a smattering of art deco and vintage flea market finds create a festive tablescape.
The facility has a on-site catering company who can provide a variety of menus, services, and beverage options. The casual style of the facility is reflective and well matched in the level of service provided. Menus lean towards downtown San Francisco bistro with a rustic flair.
As your guests enjoy their dinner, have the service staff repurpose the upstairs ceremony location into a great dance party. A natural hardwood dance floor is already in place and with the addition of some cocktail furniture, your reception setting is complete.
The bottom line and insider notes
A wedding celebration on Saturday will run approximately $4,500.00 for the building rental, depending on the size of your party. Minimal additional rentals are required with the exception of ceremony chairs.
Photography by: Julie Mikos