Where do I start if I want to plan an event at Gateway Gardens Event Center? 

One of our experienced Event Coordinators will assist you in booking your event.

Do you offer military discounts? 

Yes. We offer a $75.00 discount off the room of your choice. 

Can we have our own DJ or a live band at our event? 

Yes. Speak with an event coordinator regarding how you can have your entertainment load-in and load out. 

Do you provide a table and tablecloth for the DJ?

No. We expect all 3rd party vendors to provide the items needed to facilitate the services they are providing. 

  • Do you have a list of Preferred Vendors?

We have carefully selected a list of Preferred Vendors.  The vendors you choose must be licensed and professional. 

Does the venue have an elevator?

4 of our rooms are located on the first floor. The second-floor, Grand Ballroom has an elevator for people, but not freight.

How does event parking work? How much does it cost? 

Downtown Merced offers plentiful free parking on the surrounding surface lot and multi-level parking garages. Your event coordinator will recommend the most conveniently located parking lot for your event and coordinate pedestrian/event signage if needed. 

Do you charge for parking?

Gateway Gardens offers free self-parking for guests.

Are tables and chairs included in the room rental price? 

Room rentals include standard tables and chairs. Additional customization options are available for an additional fee.

How long will I have use of the event space(s) I reserve? 

Your rental package includes five hours. We are happy to extend your event beyond that time frame for an additional fee. 

How late can we enjoy music at our event?

Music can be played until 10:00pm for outdoor events and until 11:00pm for indoor functions. 

Where will I get ready for my wedding?

We highly suggest securing a hotel room the day before and the night of your wedding to guarantee a hotel room where you can get ready. 


The majority of your planning will be within 3 months of your event date. At that time you will be able to finalize your menu and determine your event timeline and floor plans. 

What is included in my Gateway Gardens Package?

Please refer to our Event Package offerings for set-up inclusions. Packages do not include food, beverages, flowers, wedding officiates, photographers, musicians, etc.

Do you provide a complimentary ceremony rehearsal?

We will attempt to accommodate you for an hour, but will not guarantee this. If you want heat or air conditioning, we will have to charge extra for that.

May we bring in our food & beverage?


Can we bring in our own wedding cake or wedding cupcakes?


Are other events scheduled on the same day?

Yes. We are an event center with multiple banquet rooms each with its own entrance.  

Is security required?

Yes. We require one guard per 50 guests.

Can we hire our own security?

Gateway Gardens only allows security services licensed in Merced County. 

Can we bring in our own alcohol?



We love hearing from you! Please contact us for any other questions you may have.

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