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I am getting married in May 2008 and am scrambling to look for a venue in the SF Bay Area. My budget for the venue (including food) is about $22K.
I’m interested in booking hotels, restaurants…and not really museums or historical places.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. 🙂
Post # 3
oh i should add that we have 200-220 guests. 🙂
Post # 4
crystal springs golf course,
basque cultural center( which is a gem and you wouldn’t know it by the pictures..big ball room, chandeliers, tiny site fee, only pay for food+drinks, zagat rated, I’m getting married there 🙂
San Ramon Golf course( freind got married there it was gorgeous and the price was reasonable)
The Ritz in Palo Alto, friend is getting married there and its new and beatiful.
So many places! Where are you located?
Post # 5
I loved my venue, the Corinthian Room at the San Jose Athletics Club. It’s in the middle of downtown San Jose and is just AMAZING. For that many people you may have to shrink down the dance floor a bit and use all the table space, but I think you could fit it.
Dolce Hayes Mansion is a hotel and an events venue. Giant ballroom, beautiful grounds.
Post # 6
the Brazilian Room is probably a little small, but i went to a wedding there and it was gorgeous.
Post # 7
The Pacific Athletic club is very cool, nice big room, windows, dance floor. My sister got married at the Palo Alto Golf & Country Club – really pretty – and the Hayes Mansion (as someone said earlier) is a really beautiful spot. I also looked at Chateau la Joye in Pescadero, which is an outdoor option. The Fogarty Winery in Portola Valley is gorgeous if you can afford it. hope this helps!
Post # 8
Yay! Thanks for everyone’s suggestions! I’ll definitely check these out.
bree: I am located in San Francisco!
Post # 9
also check herecomestheguide.com. it’s a great resource. i found the venue my best friend used for her wedding there [though it’s in vallejo and a historical mansion so not in your requirements]. they have tons of places. good luck!
Post # 10
Here’s another for you:Â Garre Vineyard and Winery in Livermore.Â That’s where we got married, and they have two venues.Â One is a beautiful oak tree with chairs on the lawn and a reception in a white pavilion/tent behind that.Â The second is a haceinda-style bulding called the Martinelli Center, which is brand new.Â We used the former.Â Wonderful people, beautiful setting, and a great chef.
Post # 11
I tried looking into the Ritz in Palo Alto, but can’t find it. The only ones I can find are in Monterey or in SF. Do you happen to have any info for this venue?
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom
maybe bree is referring to the four seasons in Palo Alto? It’s new and lovely.
I had my wedding at Garden Court hotel in Palo Alto with 180 guests. SUPERB service. Truly excellent. They were just wonderful to work with and one of my favorite vendors. The room might be a tad small for 220 though. They also offer a free 7 night hotel stay at any of their hotels across the world if you host your reception there. We’re going on a second honeymoon to Spain next year. 🙂
Bridges golf club in San Ramon is gorgeous.
If you’re having trouble finding a hotel with availability on short notice, you could also try hotels that are lovely but not as famous for weddings, like the Embassy Suites in Burlingame.
I also looked into Hotel Valencia in Santa Clara/San Jose and the marriott near union square in SF. Both great places.
Post # 13
Mrs. Eggplant, Thanks so much for your reply! I’ve been an avid reader of your wedding. I was always wondering where you held yours, it looked very AWESOME! Nice tip on Garden Court. . . I will absolutely look into that.
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I’m getting married at the Marine’s Memorial Club and Hotel. It’s a wonderful space that is full of San Francisco charm. The best part is that its a non-profit hotel so their banquet room minimums are fantastic. The most expensive package is $99/person and the food and bev minimum on the 10th floor (which includes use of 3 rooms) is 12,500 and on the 11th floor is around $9K. These prices are impossible to find in SF! And the rooms are stunning. They have high ceilings, wonderful views of the city, and decorated with the Victorian flare.
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Oops I forgot to add that the 10th floor can hold up to 300 people.
Post # 16
I 2nd herecomestheguide.com as a great resource for venues.