The beautiful, bountiful Bay Area is made up of several large and diverse regions. Each one has tons to offer in terms of wedding venues, and the East Bay is no exception. As compared to San Francisco, East Bay wedding venues offer similar convenience (and just as killer views) with much more room to breathe. Whether you’re local to the area or planning from afar, these East Bay wedding venues prove they’ve got what it takes to host your dream wedding.
Located in the heart of downtown Oakland, this charming recreation of a Victorian town is a convenient and budget-friendly option for an East Bay wedding. The park’s joyful Pavilion and Fountain Circle are perfect for your outdoor ceremony and reception. And, for indoor affairs, the park offers two Victorian venue options: Nile Hall, built in 1911, and the Ginn House, built in 1890.
Capacity: Capacities vary by venue. 300 seated for Pavilion/Fountain Circle.
Typical cost: Rental costs range from $1,325 – $2,450
Bonus: Not a fan of the wedding buffet? Preservation Park has a great layout for food trucks.
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For a wedding that’s truly out of this world, set your sights on the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get married under the stars in the Planetarium or under the real night sky in the Pleiades Courtyard. Your guests can entertain themselves from start to finish by gazing out at panoramic views of the bay and exploring the Center’s science exhibits. You can even arrange telescope viewing at the outdoor Observatory Complex. With the help of one of Chabot’s expert astronomers (and weather permitting), you and your guests can take a break from wondering at Uncle Gary’s dance moves to wonder at the galaxy.
Typical cost: $13,000 – $25,000
Bonus: Your rental fee goes toward science education for children in the community.
Founded in 1913, The Sequoya Country Club is a great option for both small and large East Bay weddings. Stage your outdoor ceremony against the backdrop of the East Bay and Sequoya’s own beautiful golf course. Then, dance away the night inside the charming Spanish-style clubhouse. Their reasonable prices and lovely grounds will have you teeing-off married life in style.
Typical cost: Clubhouse rental fee is $2,500
Bonus: Sequoyah’s wedding planning staff has a great reputation for smooth and friendly service.
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Romantic from the outset, the Claremont property was originally built by a gold-rusher to fulfill his wife’s dreams of living in an English Castle. Fast-forward a century, this historic venue continues its legacy of romance as a top destination of Bay Area weddings. Seated among the Oakland Hills, the Claremont Club & Spa boasts stunning views over the bay. Their four reception spaces can accommodate both small and large weddings. And, what’s more, their wedding staff is known for their excellent service.
Typical cost: $30,000 – $40,000
Bonus: Soak those cold feet and massage out the wedding jitters at Claremont’s highly recommended spa.
Celebrate your love in full color with a classic garden wedding at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Say “I do” beneath a rose-covered gazebo or among the buzzing bees in an open meadow. Then, host your reception among the flora or inside The Gardens’ elegant Camellia Room.
Typical cost: $3,600 – $4,500
Bonus: Since the natural beauty of the Gardens needs no enhancing, this venue is perfect for flower lovers on a budget.