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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Weddings

How many people can the Hollins House accommodate for weddings?

The Hollins House can accommodate up to 250 guests for weddings and receptions. This includes the formal dining room with crystal chandeliers, outside gardens and lawn areas with spectacular views Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay and Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Will there be an on-site coordinator at the event?

We provide an on-site wedding coordinator to guide and assist you during the planning process of your special day. If you have questions about décor, menu, beverages, and budget, our coordinator will be there to help either by e-mail, phone or in person as they come up. At five to six months prior to your special day, a preliminary appointment will be scheduled with our coordinator to develop a foundation for your event. One to two months prior to your event, you will meet with our coordinator to discuss details and finalize the menu. Our coordinator will be available to assist with your rehearsal to help plan the specifics of the seating of family, processional and recessional. Our coordinator will be there the day of the ceremony to initiate meal service, first dance and cake cutting. In short, we’re committed to working with you to make your special day a success.

What else are we responsible for arranging?

You are in charge of arranging for the minister, cake, music, flowers and the photographer. We do have a referral list of vendors. You do not have to select vendors from our referral list, but the vendors on are list are familiar with our facility and have done a great job at past events. We can also make these arrangements for you if you so choose.

Can I bring in special decor to be used during my event?

All rentals including linens, tables, chairs, and other equipment must be rented through our coordinator. All floral arrangements, tooling or votives can be provided yourself. All flames must be covered (in accordance to fire laws in a public facility). All décor brought in for your event must be taken out at the end of the event unless special arrangements are made in advance.

How long do I have the use of the facility?

The basic facility fee includes five hours of facility use. In addition, you may access the facility up to 90 minutes prior to your event to accommodate deliveries and set-up. If you need additional time this can be discussed with our wedding coordinator.

Can we have plated meals instead of a buffet?

Plated meals can be provided for up to 100 guests. Events with over 100 guests must have buffet service. For buffet service, we set up two buffets. This allows your guests to go through the buffet in a very short period of time avoiding long lines that may take away from the enjoyment of your reception. With plated or buffet service there will be servers to attend to your guests’ needs and wants. Typically we schedule one server per fifteen guests.

Can we bring in caterers for food and wine?

All food and beverages must come from us. The exception is your wedding cake. Our coordinator can assist you or you can provide your own wedding cake.

What does the average wedding cost?

Pricing varies on many factors including food selection, number of attendees, and beverage hosting. The date of your event can also affect the price for the facility. Please send an e-mail to with the preferred date of the event, the number of guests and estimated budget. Our event coordinator would be happy to prepare a proposal for you.

How do I reserve a date?

A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is required to hold your date. A second deposit of 25% of outstanding balance is due 120 days prior to your event. Ten days prior to your event the balance is due along with a required final guest count.

When is the rehearsal and does it have to be a dinner?

Rehearsals are scheduled on Thursdays unless other arrangements are made with our coordinator. The rehearsal does not have to include dinner; however we find that most couples who have their dinner here after the rehearsal, enjoy becoming comfortable and at ease with the surroundings, enhancing their experience on the big day.

Do you provide lodging at your facility?

Unfortunately we do not. However the Scotts Valley Hilton located just a couple miles up Hwy 17 will extend special group rates for Pasatiempo event attendees. Please call them directly to arrange accommodations: 831-440-1000.

Do you have an ocean view?

Yes, and describing it would not do it justice. The best way to experience the Hollins House at Pasatiempo is to schedule a site visit with our coordinator and see our secret for yourself.

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