Chabot Space & Science Center is an out-of-this world wedding venue located in Oakland, California. They offer multiple indoor and outdoor sites for celestial ceremonies and receptions. Their experienced events team will ensure your celebration is everything you dreamed it to be. Chabot Space & Science Center offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience, nestled in the redwoods of Oakland Hills.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 1,200 guests at this outdoorsy venue. The Richard L. Spees Building is the grand entryway to the state-of-the-art Center, and offer three levels of exhibits and two theaters. It features an octagonal skylight in their rotunda, floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass skybridge and loggia encasing the building’s exterior. You can use all three levels for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Additional spaces include:
Chabot Space & Science Center offers multiple wedding packages for you to choose from. They offer a list of preferred caterers and event rentals to make your planning flow smoothly. Additional services include:
In addition to hosting lavish weddings within Redwood Regional Park, this special venue will also host an intimate elopement. Additional events include:
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Gabrielle Payne · Married on 08/03/2019
Out of this world!
This is the most surreal place in the Bay Area to have your wedding. We got married in the planetarium which was just magic (bonus: planetarium show of your choosing for guests included) and had the dinner/reception on the second floor Spee’s building. This place allowed us to be creative and ourselves (having fun with the space theme), although we didn’t really NEED to put much effort into being creative because the venue in itself is so amazing that your guests will have a blast (off) and be entertained no matter what. We’ve gotten sooooooooo many comments from our guests about how cool the venue was. We’ve even had quite a few of our guests tell us that they wish they would have thought of a planetarium wedding before we claimed it!! Samantha was our coordinator at chabot, she is such a joy to talk to and is extremely responsive and accommodating. I will miss working with her! At least go take a look at this place when you are venue hunting! We were looking at your basic wedding venues before we looked here, and now I can’t even imagine having gotten married at a winery, hotel, etc. This was so unique and such an out of this world experience, that it will stand out and be quite memorable to you and your guests.Sent on 08/15/2019
Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:Oh Gabs, this is so nice of you to say. Your wedding was INCREDIBLE. Everything from your dress to your music to how fun your family was. You and Kon were a blast(off) to work with too. You know you can come visit any time! Make sure you use that membership to come see us!
Zenobia Lockhart · Married on 02/22/2019
I loved everything!
I had to plan an entire wedding in less than 2 months and they made the experience, at least from their end, feel seemless. My goal was to get married at a museum in Oakland and this was our best option. The space was beautiful and fun for all ages. There was no need for extra decor due to all of the exhibits and the options within the planetarium.Sent on 03/20/2019
Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:Hi Zenobia,
Amy Martinez · Married on 01/05/2019
Absolutely beautiful venue - we were able to get married in the planetarium, under a rising moon, followed by a galaxy fly through at the end. We had the reception on the second floor of the Spees building for around 120 people and, though it was a little tight, everything worked out great. Our guests loved being able to walk around the museum to see the exhibits during the cocktail hour. Since we had the wedding on a Saturday the telescopes were open for viewing - unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't use them but the staff still let us go up and take some pretty amazing photos with the telescopes. We ended the evening with a Pink Floyd laser show, which was also a big hit. Overall it was a great venue and I have no regrets on having our wedding there.Sent on 03/17/2019
Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure working with you and we're so happy that everyone had a wonderful time. Wishing you both the best in your future together!
Chabot Space & Science Center Price Rates
If you want to create a highly entertaining, unique wedding, look no further. Chabot has so much to offer, from gorgeous sunsets, interactive science-y fun (including planetarium shows and telescope viewings) and incredible Bay Area views.... and let's not forget the free parking! They also offer stellar catering options (sorry for the pun, but it's true) so you and your guests will enjoy an amazing feast.