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Chabot Space & Science Center is an out-of-this world wedding venue nestled in the forests of the Oakland Hills, 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. Plus, the cost of your venue supports free & low-cost STEAM education for the Oakland community!
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Couples can accommodate up to 1,500 guests spread throughout the various exhibit levels at this outdoorsy venue. The Spees Building is the grand entryway to the state-of-the-art Center, and offers two main levels of exhibits a theater, and the Planetarium. 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:
- Courtyard - features an amphitheater, dining area, a garden, and a central courtyard.
- Astronomy Hall - the largest unobstructed event space at the Center. It features contiguous dining and dancing for up to 250 guests, along with a built-in projector, screen and overhead speakers.
- Observatory - an outdoor complex that houses their three iconic telescopes. Guests can gaze out at the night sky with the help of one of their expert astronomers.
- Planetarium - features a 70-foot dome with an advanced universe visualization system. You can exchange your vows set in front of a rising moon, a swirling nebula, or gently twinkling stars, followed by a show of your choice for guests.
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:
- Hospitality Room
- Wireless Internet
- Pet friendly
- Wheelchair accessible
In addition to hosting lavish weddings, this special venue will also host an intimate elopement. Additional events include:
- Rehearsal dinner
- Bridal shower
- Engagement party
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Chabot Space & Science Center
Blue Heron Catering, Inc.
Simply Elegant Weddings & Events
A Monique Affair
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Beautiful Oakland gem of a venue with an amazing staff
Very friendly and helpful, beautiful venue with great views
Wonderful team, unique venue, and fun for everyone!
Start time doesn’t have much wiggle room because it is an open museum, but there’s a ton of flexibility in other areas like where to have ceremony/reception, set up of tables, and even what you might want projected on the Planetarium! While the decor was flexible, too, we felt we didn’t need to spend much on this line item because of the museum’s exhibits and existing decor.
Our guests had a fantastic time, with kids entertained throughout and adults having fun exploring too! Our ceremony was in the Planetarium complete with free show, we were able to set up our photobooth in front of starry skies for fun photos, and we lucked out with clear skies and views of Saturn and its rings through the telescopes!
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I absolutely love this beautiful Oakland museum and observatory and would be thrilled to help you plan a special day in the stars. I've worked with weddings as a caterer since my very first job in high school, moved on to event planning post-college, and I've even been a bridesmaid 9 times! My favorite thing about Chabot is that the cost of your wedding supports all the educational programming we do for our community. It feels great to help couples realize their wedding dreams while also making a difference for local children every day.
Nice to meet you! I have worked many weddings here at Chabot Space and Science Center and come from a background of corporate events and day-of coordinating for weddings. I truly love being able to help couples wedding dreams come true. Like Samantha, one of my favorite things about Chabot is that the cost of your wedding supports all the educational programming we do for our community! As someone who started their work in education + parks and recreations, it's the best of both worlds! In addition to that, I love how unique each party is here at the museum. I can't wait to work with you!
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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.
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